chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Fisher vs Wilhelm Steinitz
GBR tour sim (1872) (exhibition), Great Britain
Bishop's Opening: Calabrese Countergambit (C23)  ·  0-1

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

explore this opening
find similar games 909 more games of Steinitz
sac: 15...Qxh3+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To see the raw PGN for this game, click on the PGN: view link above.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-09-05  Saruman: Yet this was a simul so Steinitz did not have as much time as in a standard game. If he had had I do not doubt that he would have found that variation. Still the text gives a rather uncomplicated win; if 21.Kg4? Rg5+ 22.Kh3 Kd7 wins immediatly. I found this variation after 5 minutes of thought, and I havent found a satisfactory refutation yet. At any rate white would have to sacrifice much material in order to prolong the struggle.
Apr-09-05  TheSlid: Superlative Queen-side play from Fisher, LOL!
Apr-09-05  aw1988: LOL, I had to rub my eyes and look at the header three times before realizing it wasn't "Fischer vs Steinitz" 1871 or 1971. Very confusing.
Apr-09-05  aw1988: And imagine my embarrasment when the last digit is in fact 2!
Apr-09-05  Saruman: <TheSlid> The funny part is the white queens moving pattern; h5-h7-d3-e3-e2-d1! And on move 14 it was as if white had not moved a single piece on the queenside.
Apr-09-05  Saruman: Another way of deciding matters could have been: 15.-Bd6!? 16.Re1 (What else? If 16.d4?? Qxh3+ 17.gxh3 Rxh3+ 18.Kg2 Rh2#) Qf4 17.g3(forced) Rxh3+ 18.Kg2 Rh2+ 19.Kf1 Rxf2+! 20.Kxf2 Qxg3+ 21.Ke2 (21.Kf1 Nh2+ 22.Ke2 Qf3#) Qg2+ 22.Ke3 Bf4+ 23.Kxf4 Qg5#.
Apr-09-05  Saruman: "Fisher needs a bigger hook" :-)
Apr-11-05  Saruman: Now since I felt very clever about my line below I decided to "double-check" the position. Immediatly the chesslab.com engine indicate 15.-Qg4 as mate in 6 moves or so. Not only did that occur to me but I also spotted 15.-Qf4 forcing mate or much material loss. Why did I miss this before? Perhaps my respect for Steinitz was too well rooted, even though this was a simul?

All this I find exceedingly strange, not only because this game was one of those that gave Steinitz the nickname the "Austrian Morphy" (Chess Companion), but that he should play with such inaccuracy, even though he would easily win anyways.

Jun-20-05  aw1988: Black landed a nice catch.
Jun-20-05  fgh: Did Steinitz really calculate all the way to the mate? Amazing.
Jun-20-05  Kangaroo: Wilhelm Steinitz met a wrong Fisher

What would have happened if he played against Robert James Fischer?

Nov-01-05  Averageguy: I was very confused when I looked at the player names when I realised to my relief that there was no "c" in the name of Steinitz's opponent.
Aug-30-06  Holmstrom: Is this variation "sound" for black?
Sep-22-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: What a great way to end a King hunt - with 2 "quiet" moves 23...♔f7 & 24...♗g7.
Feb-27-09  I Like Fish: fisher...
caught...
in the...
fishing...
net...
May-12-12  Anderssen99: Steinitz had a quicker win, i.e.: 15....,Qg4. 16.d3 (Or:Nc3),Rxh3+. 17.gxh3,Qxh3 mate.
Jan-03-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: 14 ... Nf3+! is a nice sacrifice to open lines against White's King; 15. gxf3 Qxh3 and White cannot prevent 16 ... Qh1#.

15 ... Qg4 is quicker but Steinitz calculated the King hunt up the board for the flashier win.

Jan-03-15  morfishine: Either Steinitz or Fischer is helluva lot older than anyone ever supposed
May-10-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <Saruman: Now since I felt very clever about my line below I decided to "double-check" the position. Immediatly the chesslab.com engine indicate 15.-Qg4 as mate in 6 moves or so. Not only did that occur to me but I also spotted 15.-Qf4 forcing mate or much material loss. Why did I miss this before? Perhaps my respect for Steinitz was too well rooted, even though this was a simul?

All this I find exceedingly strange, not only because this game was one of those that gave Steinitz the nickname the "Austrian Morphy" (Chess Companion), but that he should play with such inaccuracy, even though he would easily win anyways.>

I don't think that Steinitz missed 15...Qg4. He simply played for spectators, and that is why he prefered the sacrifice of the Queen with a bit longer but for black perfectly safe Kinghunt leading as well to a forced mate.

Oct-27-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  sea7kenp: Hmmm... Bobby Fischer, a Time Traveler? :-D

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.

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 Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

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

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Bishop's Opening: Calabrese Cntrgambit (C23)  0-1 Kside crusher
from -ER Lasker by fredthebear
Bishop's Opening: Calabrese Cntrgambit (C23)  0-1 Kside crusher
from B.O. IV Presented by FTB by fredthebear
Bishop's Opening: Calabrese Cntrgambit (C23)  0-1 Kside crusher
from yWalk the King 1.e4 to Fredthebear's Store by maverian
Chess Miniatures, Collection XIII
by wwall
Game collection: A13
by PinkLedDoor
Queen Sacrifices -3
by obrit
Bishop's Opening: Calabrese Cntrgambit (C23)  0-1 Kside crusher
from Emanuel Lasker Collection by hrannar

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