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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Johannes Zukertort
Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship Match (1886), New Orleans, LA USA, rd 16, Mar-17
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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Sep-15-06  Runemaster: Zukertort's sacrifice with 39...Bxa3 didn't give him enough. It was a tough fight before that, but then Steinitz finished off fairly quickly.
Dec-01-06  Gouki: can anyone post the finishing line?

what does white do after 49....Qb3?

Dec-01-06
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  tpstar: 49. Qe8 threatens 50. Qxf7+ & 51. Qg7#. If the Black Queen leaves the a3-f8 diagonal with 49 ... Qb3, then 50. Qf8 is decisive (50 ... Qd3+ 51. Kg2 Qg6 52. hxg6+ fxg6 53. Qg7# or 52 ... Kxg6 53. Qg8#/Qg7#).
Dec-01-06  Gouki: wow...i didnt see that. thanks for the line <tpstar> :D
Apr-12-07  Whack8888: I believe Zukertort's plan of trading off White's Knight on f5 with his light squared bishop wasnt so good. Black doesnt need his dark squared bishop for the defence of his king side all that much but does seem to need his light squared bishop for any sort of Queen side counterattack. I think maybe 21...b6 is better (protecting the Knight to free the Queen) and afterwards Black can play Be6 next move or Qf8 or e8 if White tries any tactical stuff.

Is there a tactic that refutes this, or does anyone see some other reason why this plan is inferior?

Feb-26-08  Knight13: <Runemaster: Zukertort's sacrifice with 39...Bxa3 didn't give him enough. It was a tough fight before that, but then Steinitz finished off fairly quickly.> He forgot about the safety of his own king. 46. f6! is the killer.
May-30-10
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  Chessical:


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Zukertort's position slides into disadvantage with <32...bxc4>. Instead, <32...Rc8> maintains the balance. Zukertort over-estimated his pressure on the Q-side down the <b> file, and perhaps already had envisaged the Bishop sacrifice on <a3> (move 39).

May-30-10  outsider: yeah, zukertort's major problems started when he ruined his own queen flank by move 32 (and earlier as well), and steinitz positionally finished him. the desperate sacrifice on move 39 changed nothing; the result would have been 1-0 anyway.
Jul-04-10
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  Check It Out: Steinitz finally changed things up with this game by not allowing the open Ruy Lopez. Probably a big surprize to Zukertort.
Jan-16-11  Llawdogg: 32 c4! was Steinitz's play to open up Zukertort's position and create two weaknesses to play against. It was all Steinitz after that. Zuke's sacrifice was better than going down slowly without a fight. But it made no real difference. Steinitz really changed the game of chess.
May-10-12
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  whiteshark: <25...e4!> would have been an modern dynamic solution. It frees Bg7 and creates enough counterplay to keep the balance.


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Dec-28-14  Smite: amazing game, full of ideas.
Dec-20-18  myhilarioususername: 32...Rc8! would have kept things together for Zukertort due to a double attack on the bishop and queen if white was to capture knight.

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