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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker
Lasker - Steinitz World Championship Rematch (1896), Moscow RUE, rd 5, Nov-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-07-05  aw1988: A dangerous game. See how many people would stumble here.
May-07-05  aw1988: Hmm. Yes he could have.
May-07-05  aw1988: Why did you delete your post? White does indeed mate by the line you gave.
May-07-05  gladiator367: Steinitz missed 40. Qf6+ Kg8 41. Re1-e8#!!! how could he miss that and call it a draw?
May-07-05  azaris: Of course Lasker played 35...Qxd4 and not 35...Rxd4??. The score as given is "not even wrong".
May-07-05  gladiator367: Sorry i reposted it in this post above,it is actually a quicker kill for white..
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  Chessical: This is another of the 1896 match's hand-to-hand fighting games, where once again the veteran ex-champion instigates complications.

<17.g4> is very sharp, but unfortunately for Steinitz has a tactical flaw. The rather surprising <17.Ne4> is quite playable, and if 17...Qxc2, then 18.Nxf6+ Nxf6 =

Instead of 17...Nxc3, <17...Bxd4> would have given Lasker a significant advantage, e.g. 18.Nxd5 Qxc2 19.Bxc2 Bxb2

Steinitz could have held his own with <27.Nxf5+!>. This takes advantage of the discovered attack on <f5> by his bishop, 27...Kf8 (the reason being if 27...Qxf5?? 28.Qb4+ wins the Queen outright) 28.Qb4+ Kf7 29.Nd6+ Bxd6 30.Qxd6 Re8 31.Ba4=

Steinitz is frustratingly close, but never quite close enough to a win, e.g. <28.Qxe6+!?> Kf8 29.Nxf5 Rh7 30.Rd7 Bc8 31.Ne7 Qxe7 (or 31...Bxd7 32.Ng6+ Kg7 33.Qxd7+) 32.Rxe7 Bxe6 33.Rxh7 Bd6 with a Bishop for two pawns and all the prospects.

<40. Qf6+> would simply lose the Queen.

Mar-01-08  Knight13: <gladiator367: Steinitz missed 40. Qf6+ Kg8 41. Re1-e8#!!! how could he miss that and call it a draw?> 40. Qf6+ Qxf6 and Steinitz might as well flip over the table.
Sep-16-10  soothsayer8: What an exciting game, you don't see these sorts of draws very often, both players clearly going for the win.
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