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Wilhelm Steinitz vs J Cairns / G Soffe / Wallace
Blindfold consultation simul, 4b (1881) (blindfold), Dublin IRL, Jan-13
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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May-24-06  sneaky pete: And some people around here think Topalov invented the exchange sacrifice.
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  Penguincw: <sneaky pete: And some people around here think Topalov invented the exchange sacrifice. > Which people think so?
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  Phony Benoni: <"Concerning Steinitz's new move in the French Defense, introduced by him in a game recently played in Dublin, Dr. Zukertort is reported as having said that, in the first place, the move is old; in the second, the move is not sound; in the third, he invented it himself.">

<Baltimore American>, March 13, 1881, quoting from <Turf, Field, and Farm>.

The innovation is <7.b3>, and Zukertort was at least one-third right: it was played nearly twenty years earlier in Paulsen vs Kolisch, 1861.

Nov-16-13  Karpova: According to Krejcik (his source is "Brentano's Chess Monthly" 1881) on page 169 of the June 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung', this was a consultation game with Steinitz facing <Cairns>, <Monk> and <Wallace>.
Feb-07-14  paderamo: The Philadelphia Times has the second individual as Monck:
Dec-13-20  TheFocus: We were first updated on the participants in this game being Cairns, Monk and Wallace in 2013 by <Karpova>.

CeeGee should be getting around to that correction any day now.

In "<Steinitz's Selected Games> by Charles Devide, the same three are given on page 46.

Just any day now.

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  Stonehenge: It took one day :)
Dec-14-20  TheFocus: <Stonehenge: It took one day :)>

LOL! Big thank you.

Dec-14-20  Z4all: Yeah, but somebody should make a comment on why Monck is preferred over Monk.
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  Stonehenge: William H S Monck

Dec-15-20  Z4all: Thanks <Stonehenge>.

Links (and documentation) make good work all the better.

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  MissScarlett: Except that link says <Soffe> not <Monck> took part. Monck was on another board. The relevant section of Harding's book on Steinitz is a revised and expanded version of the Chessmail article (apparently dated 2017).
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  MissScarlett: I've also added <28...Rh5 29. d5> to the score, following the <CPC>, 1881, p.28, albeit it gives Monck.

Harding, <Steinitz in London>, p.275:

<Several sources name Monck as a third player but the Dublin Chess Club match books confirm what <The Field> and <The Irish Times> said: the third player was Soffe, not Monck. <Devide> page 46, stated the year wrong and did not say Steinitz played blindfold.>

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page 169 of the June 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'
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Steinitz's Selected Games by Charles Devide, p. 46
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