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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Dionisio M Martinez
Match (1) (1882), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 3, Nov-17
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation General (C30)  ·  1-0



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  mifralu: The Times (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 18 November 1882, gives <33. Qxh5 Rgd8 34. Qf3 Rb6 >

Oct-22-19  SymphonicKnight: That makes a huge difference! If it were 33.Rxh5? then 33...Qh4!! Game over.

This is a fascinating game, and the discrepancies in the game record provide a brilliant mystery.

In any case, here, after 39.Ra1?? 39...Rh2+! simply wins. 40...Qxb3, but The Times has the Q on g2. Instead of 38.Qf3, it is 38.Qg2.

If Qf3, then 39.Qh5!!!!! Wow. Talk about deflection.

The Times gives Steinitz far more credit, although the commentators are not illuminating.

Oct-22-19  SymphonicKnight: Correction. I meant if 33.Raf5? then 33.Qa4!
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  MissScarlett: <Chess-Monthly 1882/83, p. 140> credits the <Brooklyn Chess Chronicle> and the <Hartford Times> for its game scores, but it too has <<33. Qxh5 Rgd8 34. Qf3> and <38.Qg2>, not <33.Rxh5 Rgd8 34.Rh1> and <38.Qf3>, so it's not clear where these errors came from.

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