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NN vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Cigar Divan, London (1869), London ENG, Sep-12
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit (C53)  ·  0-1



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Sep-13-05  buckaroo: Chess Brilliants Game 70
Sep-13-05  aw1988: What use is that?
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  GrahamClayton: 27...♖f4+ - lovely sacrifice of one Rook to mate with the other Rook.
Mar-19-12  zakkzheng: good one!Steinitz!
Jul-06-15  mavaddat: After 20.Qh4 21.Nxh4, I mistakenly thought 21.Rf1+ 22.Rxf1 Bxe3+, but the rook comes to 23.Rf2 not 23.Kh1?? Rxf1#.
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  Honza Cervenka: Awesome attack with brilliant final by Steinitz. White's troubles started from 14.Qa4. Instead of that he should have played 14.e7! with idea 14...Rf7 (14...Qxe7 is not good for 15.Nxc6) 15.f3 f4 16.Bf2 (This is the point of 14.e7, immediate 14.f3 f4 15.Bf2 would be no good for 15...Nxf2 but now 16...Nxf2?? is not an option due to 17.e8=Q+ ) 16...Nf6 17.Nd2 Rxe7 18.Rxe7 Qxe7 19.N2b3 (Of course, not 19.Nxc6?? Bxf2+ ) 19...Bb6 20.Qd2! with roughly equal game.

After 15.e7 Steinitz could have played also 15...fxe3!! 16.exf8=Q+ Rxf8 17.fxe3 (17.Rxe3?? Qf4 ) 17...Bb5 18.Qc2 (18.Qd1 Qg6! 19.Nd2 Rf2 ) 18...Qf6 (threatening Qf1+ with mate) 19.Na3 Bd3!! 20.Qxd3 Qf2+ 21.Kh1 Rf6 and against threatening mate (22...Ng3+ 23.hxg3 Rh6#) white has no better defence than 22.Qxe4 with loss of Queen. 22.h3 Ng3+ 23.Kh2 Bd6 with threat 24...Ne4+ 25.Kh1 Qg3 is utterly hopeless.

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  TheFocus: Where does the date for this game come from? Pickard and Devide have it as 1864.
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  TheFocus: Pickard and Devide also give the finale as 28. gxf4 Rg4 mate.
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