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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Frederick Deacon
Casual game (1863), London ENG
Elephant Gambit: Paulsen Countergambit (C40)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Is this another one of Deacon's spurious games? The database has a large number of "match" games vs. Steinitz, but I'm still a bit skeptical. Or are we to believe that Deacon could defeat Steinitz twice and lose to people like Robey & Bets?
Sep-08-04  SBC: <An Englishman>

My guess would be that the game here is genuine due to the date. Deacon was a strong amateur and Steinitz, though he was the Austrian champion, wasn't yet the player he would become.

Steinitz did accuse Deacon of some hanky panky, but I think it might have been much later.

But I guess that's Deacon's self-imposed legacy - to have all his games questioned.

Sep-08-04  sneaky pete: According to Bachmann this game was played in 1863. From the match played in March 1863 game 6 is missing in this database, won in 15 moves with the black pieces by Steinitz, who thus won the match with +5 -1 =1.

Only four casual games (+2 -2) have surfaced (in Bachmann's collection and reproduced on this site). More games may have been played, most likely wins by Steinitz, but who was there to preserve them for us?

From Steinitz' play in the game under discussion it's clear that he expected to win against Deacon even from a bad position, so he avoided a drawing line at move 33 and lost.

Sep-08-04  SBC: Well, Steintitz played in the second London international tournament in 1862 and came in a respectable 6th place - probably about what was expected considering the competition.

But then the amazing happened. Steintiz challenged Dubois to a match. Dubois had placed 5th. He won that match but the incedible part is that it was his first match win in a string of 25. He turned chess professional later that year and in 1863 won three matches. One against Blackburne (who had just learned to play in 1860)- a match started in 1862; one against Deacon and one against Valentine Green. Not exactly the biggest names in chess at that time, but an auspicious beginning for Steinitz.

Dec-15-09  psmith: 6. Nc3 (according to analysis with Fritz 5.32).
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  Big Pawn: These games are 1600 level chess at best.

White, completely oblivious that his Knight is hanging on b5, plays 29. Rf1??.

Black plays 29...Qxb2+ ready to win the knight on the next move.

White plays 30. Rf2 and black does not take the knight!

Black plays 30...Qe5??

Steinitz wasn't that good in the early 1860s like I thought he was. Morphy didn't miss as many moves as Steinitz, or the kind of moves that Steinitz missed.

Deacon is a patzer and he was whooping Steinitz here. It's amazing that Steinitz was able to become so much stronger in later years.

Mar-22-21  Z4all: According to Harding's <Steinitz in London> G-99, p89 this game is a casual from 1863(?).

Harding labels it thusly: <"In view of Black's speculative opening, some skepticism about its authenticity must remain">.

No primary source is cited, rather, Bachmann G-61 is.

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