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M Hewitt vs Wilhelm Steinitz
"Hewitt Blew It" (game of the day May-15-2006)
London (1866), London ENG
Bishop's Opening: Calabrese Countergambit (C23)  ·  0-1



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Mar-31-04  JSYantiss: Nice win by Steinitz here.
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  Honza Cervenka: Steinitz could have played also 16...exf2+ 17.Kh1 (17.Bxf2 Rxf2 18.Rxf2 Qe1+ 19.Rf1 Qe3+ 20.Kh1 Nf2+ 21.Kg1 Nh3++ 22.Kh1 Qg1+ 23.Rxg1 Nf2#) 17...Qe1 18.Na3 (18.Nd2 Qxd2 ) 18...Qxa1 19.Rxa1 f1=Q+ 20.Rxf1 Rxf1#.
Mar-31-04  shr0pshire: This is interesting play by Steinitz. This looks like a variation of the Latvian Gambit, which in modern theory isn't very sound at all (I don't have much knowledge on the Latvian Gambit).

I would imagine that Steinitz played it more for the shock value than anything else.

In my opinion Steinitz got lucky. With the quick liquidation of a few minor pieces by move 12, this creates the chance that Steinitz needs to mount the attack on the white king. I think this is a case of white playing too careful. I think white was scared of Steinitz, thus with no real threat exchanging all those pieces off.

Also white's attacking pieces by move 16 are all over the board with no real cohesion. White doesn't develop his pieces before the liquidation of hte pieces either. So he is stuck with an uncastled king, his developed pieces aren't working together, and there are still pieces that aren't developed.

Steinitz had a great middle game, but he got some help in the opening from Hewitt in my opinion.

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  Honza Cervenka: If 22.Kg1 or 22.Kh1, then 22...Rf2 and white has to give up his Queen to stop a threatening mate.

21...Rf2+ 22.Kg1 Qh3 or 21...Rf2+ 22.Kh1 Qh3 (22.Bxf2 Qxh2+ 23.Kf3 Qxf2#) would have won the game too.

Mar-31-04  ForeverYoung: Very nice mate by Steinitz.
Mar-31-04  Cerebrate2006: Very Nice
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  kevin86: Everything Steinitz did was for shock value! It is not good policy to get off to a slow start against Steinitz.
Mar-31-04  PAWNTOEFOUR: yeah,i love the way steinitz just works around the bishop as though it wasn't even there.........beautiful!!!
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  kevin86: What bishop? lol
Mar-31-04  Shadout Mapes: By move 12 Steinitz's position looked superior.
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  patzer2: Steinitz's 20...Rxg2+ is the solution to number 4914 in Laszlo Polgar's 1994 "Chess, 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games."

Note how 18...Rxf2! sets up 20. Rxg2+!, as well as the essential role 21...Qh3!+ plays in the followup.

If 22. Kg1, Black wins after 22...Rf2! 23. Qf3 Rxf3 24. Nxf3 Nxh2 (White gives up the Queen to avoid mate as noted earlier by Honza Cervenka).

Sep-04-04  Mostolesdude: Amazing, this guy is chess.
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  paulalbert: A great example of why Steinitz in his youth was called the Austrian Morphy. Paul Albert
Jan-07-05  aw1988: <kevin86: Everything Steinitz did was for shock value!> I love quoting this: "The incorrect combination, no matter how showy, it fills me with horror." -- Steinitz
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  offramp: I'm not sure what Hewitt is supposed to have blown.
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  al wazir: <Honza Cervenka> gives 16...exf2+ 17.Bxf2 Rxf2 18.Rxf2 Qe1+ 19.Rf1 Qe3+ 20.Kh1 Nf2+ 21.Kg1 Nh3++ 22.Kh1 Qg1+ 23.Rxg1 Nf2#.

But white could have given back the exchange: 21. Rxf2 Qxf2 23. Na3. White is only a ♙ down.

May-15-06  blackjacki2: <al wazir> I am really bad at seeing lines in my head, but I think if 21. Rxf2 then black could play 21..Qe1+ 22. Rf1 Qxf1#
May-15-06  pwrstick: Good lord!
May-15-06  pwrstick: Is 20...Rxg2+ a puzzle? Or 21...Qxh3+? Those were pretty fun.
May-15-06  prinsallan: Awesome-o!
May-15-06  United33: Brilliant !! i still can't believe it
May-15-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Unbelievable double sac!!

Hewitt shouldn't be ashamed, he didn't blow anything. :) It's no scandal to miss a brilliancy like this!

May-15-06  thundershock2k: wow, thats a pretty combo
May-15-06  weev: Beautifully done. Very good work to see all the checking moves in this lovely mate.

How long would it take over the board to work out the sequence from the moment you think of the queen sac??

My guess it's 20 min of arduous concentration, or 30-40 minutes with some day-dreaming :)

Any suggestions?

May-15-06  dakgootje: Very nice attacking game by Steinitz, with some brilliant moves in it. also <Honza Cervenka> thanks for the helpful analysis.

<or 30-40 minutes with some day-dreaming :) > Usually i get my better ideas then, so it would take less long in that case for me then with serious thinking =)

I think in that case i would've gone for the Rf2 as i would look at that sooner probably

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