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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Gustav Richard Neumann
Dundee Congress (1867), Dundee SCO, rd 5, Sep-09
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Gambit Paulsen Defense (C25)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: After 20 moves the position seems to be equal on the first quick view but in fact it is very difficult and maybe impossible to find any satisfactory continuation for black. I don't see any possibility to prevent penetration of white rooks and minor pieces into the black position through opened lines and weak squares. After 30...Ra6 white could play also immediately 31.Nd7+ Ke6 32.Nc5+ and 33.Nxa6 but Steinitz probably tried whether Neumann wouldn't play 31...Rd6 following 32.Rf7+ Ke6 33.Rgg7 or 31...Ke6 following 32.Re1 Kf6 32.Rf7+ Ke6 33.Rf8.
Dec-25-05  Knight13: After 30. Ne5! Black is lost.
Feb-09-06  dakgootje: why didnt white play Nd7 Ke6 Nc5 earlier, e.g. 31. ♘d7 ♔e6 32. ♘c5?
Feb-09-06  nescio: <dakgootje>
See <Honza Cervenka>'s comment above.
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  offramp: This was the first ever game with the Steinitz Gambit.
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  GrahamClayton: The trapping of Black's Rook in this game is a classic example of why a Rook needs an open file to operate effectively.
Aug-19-10  sevenseaman: 22. b4 leaves the Black R with Hobson's choice; take a5 or go back to a6. Both lead to its perdition.
Aug-19-10  Poulsen: <Honza Cervenka><I don't see any possibility to prevent penetration of white rooks and minor pieces into the black position through opened lines and weak squares.> After 2o moves the main battle will be fought against the weak pawns on the king side - and black's problem is, that his king is far away from these and cannot support. Every exchange will only enhance this problem. So black needs to keep white out until he can improve his position. In princip blacks position on the queen side is no worse than whites - given the precense of blacksquare bishops.

To me the "natural" 21.-,Bd6 is a wrong plan taking the bishop away from the control of the key square g7. Better 21.-,Re8 - now 22.Nf4? can be met by 22.-,Rxe3! (23.Kxe3,Bh6)- and that gives black some time to rearrange the positions of his knight (Nc6-d8-c7/e6) and his king.

Is that enough, hmmm?

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  paavoh: This is a good game to learn Rook penetration, and in a charmingly simple and economical way: even I could score 75/60 in Guess-the-Move.

Especially neat was 29. b3 that retained open all options for subsequent White pawn advances.

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