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Emanuel Lasker vs Wilhelm Steinitz
London (1899), London ENG, rd 1, May-30
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Closed Showalter Variation (C66)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-04-09  Wayne Proudlove: "Steinitz"

As a youth he'd win each game even playing black
Older, Wilhelm chose position rather than attack

In his time they liked to win with a brilliant take
But Steinitz thought they'd only won because of a mistake

Instead he stressed logic and a position one could manage that gave your pieces structure and lent you the small advantage

These new ideas found him enemies as new ideas do
And rivals told him he was wrong though what he said was true

If you study games before his life it's error on top of error But after Wilhelm Steinitz played and spoke chess was much more fair

Nov-16-16
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  KEG: One of the most lifeless games ever contested by these two great warriors of the chessboard. As the Tournament Book notes, Lasker seemed content with a draw in this opening round game. Steinitz plays a hedgehog version of his defense to the Ruy Lopez, and though Lasker has much the better game after 13...g6 played a series of timid moves, most notably 16. BxN, that allowed Steinitz (with the two Bishops) to equalize and obtain the draw.
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