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Adolf Schwarz vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Vienna (1873), Vienna AUH, rd 8, Aug-15
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: In ye Olde Stodge, 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 scores well for Black, because 7 ... g5 gains space with a dark square blockade while the center is closed. There's also the stock trap with 8. Bg3 h5 9. Nxg5 h4 etc. after White plays 0-0. Here White sacrifices a piece for 2 Pawns but the Black Knights dominate:

RKXG-tpstar (FICS 2/27/06): 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Bc5 4. Nc3 d6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 a6 7. Nf3 c6 8. 0-0 g5 9. Bg3 h5 10. h3 (10. Nxg5 h4 11. Nxf7 hxg3) h4 11. Bh2 Nh5 12. Nxe5!? dxe5 13. Bxe5 f6 14. Qf3 Qe7 15. Bh2 Be6

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16. Nd1 Bxc4 17. dxc4 Nd7 18. Ne3 Bxe3 (trade down) 19. Qxe3 Ne5 20. b3 Ng6 21. Rad1 Nhf4 22. Rd2 Kf7 23. Rfd1 Rad8 24. g3?! Rxd2 25. Qxd2 hg 26. fg Nxh3+ 27. Kh1? g4!? (27 ... Qxe4+ 28. Qg2 Nf2+) 28. Qe2 Ne5 29. Rf1 Ng5 30. Qf2 Nef3

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31. Qg2 Rxh2+ 32. Qxh2 Nxh2 33. Kxh2 Qxe4 0-1.

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  tpstar: If 33. Bh3:

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Not 33 ... Rf3?? 34. g5+! and White wins material, but 33 ... Rf1+! 34. Bxf1 Qxf1+ 35. Qc1 Qxd3 and Black wins a piece. So maybe White should have played one more move. =)

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