Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker
Steinitz - Lasker World Championship Match (1894), Montreal CAN, rd 6, Mar-29
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 45 more Steinitz/Lasker games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To access more information about the players (more games, favorite openings, statistics, sometimes a biography and photograph), click their highlighted names at the top of this page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Wow! Fascinating battle.
Dec-02-06  Calli: Steinitz thought 25.Qxc4+ followed by a6 was more promising.
Feb-29-08  Knight13: 54. Kg5? Dude, come on, at least try g4.
Nov-27-08  Edeltalent: <Knight13> Well, it's not as if black could do anything wrong after g4. The game is a draw already.
Dec-09-08  nimh: ...Rxb2 should have been played move earlier.


click for larger view

Rybka 3 w32:
15 01:05,844 4.546.883 71.185 +2,53 Rxb2 Qc8+ Nf8 Nf4 g5 Qg4 h6 h4 Qd7 Qxd7 Nxd7 Nd5 Kf7 hxg5 hxg5 e5 Rd2 Nc3 Rxd4 Nb5 Rd2 Nd6+ Ke6 Nxc4 Re2 Kg1 Nxe5 Nxe5 Kxe5 Kf1 Rd2

16 01:29,421 6.305.374 72.546 +2,59 Rxb2 Qc8+ Nf8 Nf4 g5 Qg4 h6 h4 Qd7 Qxd7 Nxd7 Nd5 Kf7 hxg5 hxg5 e5 Rd2 Nc3 Rxd4 Nb5 Rd2 Nd6+ Ke6 Nxc4 Re2 Na5 Nxe5 Nb3 Kf6 Nd4 Rd2

17 01:53,015 8.022.039 72.957 +2,59 Rxb2 Qc8+ Nf8 Nf4 g5 Qg4 h6 h4 Qd7 Qxd7 Nxd7 Nd5 Kf7 hxg5 hxg5 e5 Rd2 Nc3 Rxd4 Nb5 Rd2 Nd6+ Ke6 Nxc4 Re2 Na5 Nxe5 Nb3 Kf6 Nd4 Rd2

18+ 04:36,812 20.294.998 75.190 +2,79 Rxb2

18+ 07:10,499 32.817.072 78.138 +2,99 Rxb2

18 12:07,843 56.208.964 79.125 +3,21 Rxb2 Qc8+ Nf8 Nf4 g5 Qg4 h6 h4 Qd7 Qxd7 Nxd7 Nd5 Kf7 e5 gxh4 gxh4 Rd2 Nc3 Rxd4 Nb5 Rxh4+ Kg3 Rh5 Nd6+ Ke6 Nxc4 Nxe5 Ne3 Rg5+ Kh3

Best move: Rxb2, Value: +3,21, Depth: 18, Time: 15:09,448, 70.796.843 Nodes, 79.752 N/sec.

Jan-06-16  Retireborn: Different sources give Lasker's 10th move as ...f5 or ...f6. Of course it makes no difference to the rest of the game, but does anybody have a definitive answer?
Jan-06-16  thomastonk: <Retireborn> You can find the answer to such questions easily by means of the "Timeline Tool" from chessarch:

You will find, for example, Lasker's comments on the adjourned game in the 'New York Daily Tribune' and the 'New York Sun' of March 30, 1894. The game is also published in several other newspapers in the following days. I always see 10.. P-B4, i.e. 10.. f5.

Jan-06-16  Retireborn: <thomas> Many thanks for that, it looks like a tremendous resource!

The source I am using for Lasker games (Soloviev/Convekta) does have a number of annoying notation errors in it (for example they also give White's 50th as Qc3 instead of Qc5.)

I am not sure if they make these mistakes themselves or if they are relying on Russian press reports which did not convey the moves accurately.

Jan-06-16  thomastonk: <Retireborn: I am not sure if they make these mistakes themselves ...> During my sabbatical in 2014 I made extensive game score comparisons of Lasker's games in three commercial databases, among them Convekta's database. I cannot talk here too much about this, but I found to my surprise that most differences came from old sources and not from the digitisation process.
Jan-06-16  Retireborn: <thomas> Thanks again. As I'm using Convekta to work (rather slowly!) through the Steinitz v Lasker matches, I'll be sure to compare their scores with other sources whenever possible.
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <retireborn> If you have no shortage of time, Huebner's book is quite a companion for the first match.

Jan-06-16  Retireborn: <keypusher> Thanks for that recommendation - I've added it to my list.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Match Steinitz!
by amadeus
Match Lasker!
by amadeus
Game 28
from Manual of Chess (Lasker) by Qindarka
Game 6, Match tied 2-2 (3-3)
from 1894 World Chess Championship by Penguincw
Greco Gambit
from Italian Game by inlimbo777
Lasker vs. Steinitz
by c3230
Game 28
from Manual of Chess (Lasker) by isfsam
Undisputed Champions
by RubenGlueck
Match Lasker!
by docjan
Match Steinitz!
by docjan
Game 28
from Manual of Chess (Lasker) by Okavango
Lasker vs. Steinitz
by nbabcox

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC