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Emanuel Lasker vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Steinitz - Lasker World Championship Match (1894), Montreal CAN, rd 5, Mar-27
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: 30...Bxf2+ looks very interesting. Of course, 31.Rxf2?? loses for 31...Rd1+ 32.Rf1 Qb6+ 33.Be3 Rxe3 etc. Necessary is then 31.Kxf2 but after 31...Qb6+ 32.Kg3 Rd3+ 33.Rf3 Qg1! (33...Qa5 is considerable too) 34.Qd7 (liberating h3 for King; 34.Rxd3 leads to quick mate after 34...Qe1+ 35.Kf3 Qf1+ 36.Kg3 Qxd3+ or 35.Kf4 Rf8+) 34...Qe1+ 35.Kh3 Rxd7 36.cxd7 Qe6+ 37.Kg3 Qxd7 (see diagram) black has clear advantage and quite solid winning chances.

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  Honza Cervenka: 33...Rd4!? was worth of consideration.
Feb-29-08  Knight13: <40. Ra8 Rxc4> is not funny.
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  keypusher: <Honza Cervenka> What a beautiful and surprising move 33....Qg1 is! I feel like I got an unexpected Christmas present.

Incidentally, in 1894 both Pollock and a chess columnist for the New York <Clipper> wrote that 30....Bxf2+ is unsound. They didn't see your follow-up.

Sep-21-15  sportember: 30...♗xf2+ 31.♖xf2 doesn't seem so bad for white: 31...♖d1+ 32.♖f1 ♕b6+ 33.♗e3 ♖xe3 34.♕c8+ ♔h7 35.♖xg5 can lead to a draw.
Sep-21-15  thomastonk: <sportember> 34.♕c8+ ♖e8+!.
Apr-20-17  cwcarlson: 30.b4 ab 31.♕b3 ♕a3 32.♕a3 ♗a3 33.dc ♖c6 34.♗e3=.

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