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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Johannes Zukertort
London (1872), London ENG, rd 5
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Gambit Zukertort Defense (C25)  ·  1-0



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Mar-11-04  ughaibu: This belongs in the king-walk collection.
Mar-11-04  capanegra: Thanks, ughaibu!
Jun-16-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Classic king walk by Steinitz. I would have expected Zukertort to play on.
Jul-14-04  arifattar: Me too
Oct-23-04  refutor: has anyone here played the steinitz gambit? i think a lot of things have to go right for white to win ;)
Oct-23-04  Knezh: I am pretty sure 7. ..0-0-0 is unsounds. ALso why not 8. ..Re8?
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  Chessical: Chigorin seems to have put this line out of business: Chigorin vs J Mortimer, 1900
Sep-23-06  Achilles87: I feel as if black has made a real has of things
Apr-17-07  InspiredByMorphy: What was wrong with 10. ...a6 ?
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  wordfunph: <InspiredByMorphy: What was wrong with 10. ...a6 ?>

a matter of taste, developing his knight and rooks meeting eye to eye..

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  beatgiant: <Inspired>
Your suggestion was tried in H Neustadtl vs O Valenta, 1889, which Black soon won after 10...a6 11. c3 axb5 12. Kd3 Bf5+. But how about 10...a6 11. b4!?
Nov-27-14  Knight13: I like 12... a6. If 13. Na3, 13... a5. 13. Nxc7 Kxc7 14. Bxf4+ Kxb7, or 14. Bxa6 Bxd4+.
Jan-09-15  Whitehat1963: What would Houdini's next 10 or so moves be?
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  fredthebear: It doesn't make sense to resign with active heavy pieces still on the board. Target the light squared bishop and double the rooks on the open file. It's no gimme.
Jul-01-15  thomastonk: <fredthebear> The game score given here is that of Devide, "A Memorial to William Steinitz", 1901 , pages 34-35.

Bachmann in "Schachmeister Steinitz", vol. I, page 297 gave a game score with 51 moves, which differs already at Black's 19th move: 19.. a6 20. ♗a4 etc.

Some time ago I tried in vain to solve this little mistery.

Zukertort had published a series of articles on the Steinitz Gambit in his "Neue Berliner Schachzeitung", and Devide mentions that he failed to consider 11.♔d3. Although I have checked this, I cannot remember the outcome.

Jul-02-15  thomastonk: Almost 20 years later Steinitz wrote:

"11. ♔d3, as played by the editor against Zukertort in the London Tournament of 1872 is, as we believe, the strongest continuation. The game alluded to proceeded ... [all moves until 19. ♕c4], and White maintained his piece ahead, for Black could not play for recovering it by ... [here he analysed 19.. Rb6]."

Source: International Chess Magazine 1891, page 283.

Feb-23-16  zanzibar: <> has the 51-move version of the game instead of this one.

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  Big Pawn: <fredthebear: It doesn't make sense to resign with active heavy pieces still on the board. Target the light squared bishop and double the rooks on the open file. It's no gimme.>

How does black avoid the impending mate?

White is mating here.

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  Telemus: <Big Pawn> From the posting following <fredthebear>'s you can see that the gamescore was different back then, and that it was the one presented in Devide's book on pages 34-35. I've just checked that the game ends there already after White's 20th move! And the final moves there are 19.. c5 20.Kc2.
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  andrewjsacks: The King is a fighting piece.
Apr-11-18  SChesshevsky: Are open central files strategically important?

Here, at 6. exd5, both kings are on an open e-file. Interesting that there wasn't any other piece on that file until most of the action was over at 46...Re7.

Apr-11-18  Boomie: <SChesshevsky: Are open central files strategically important?>

As this is a purely tactical game, strategies have to take the back seat.

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