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Herman Steiner vs Anthony Santasiere
US Championship (1946), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Oct-27
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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  sachistu: According to Chess Life, Jan 20, 1947, the score went: 65...Ng4+ 66.Kg5 Ne3 67.Nb2 Kd6 68.Kf6 h5 69.Kg5 Ke5 70.Nd3+ Kd6 71.Nb2 Ke6 72,Kxh5 Kf5 and White resigned.

The tournament book published by Circulo La Regence, Buenos Aires, page 26-7 also gives this version.

The version on the site (65...Ng8+ etc) came from Chessbase. It also does seem to win.

Marchand points out Steiner could have drawn without difficulty by just 'sitting tight' instead the blunder 60.e6+?? evidently overlooking he could not capture the Knight after 60...Nxe6 as the d-pawn cannot be stopped. Steiner tried the simple trap 62.Nxg6, but of course Santasiere did not bite.

Steiner probably missed winning chances even after allowing the protected passed pawn (move 38), but after playing Kd5(?) he had no more than a draw.

I'll submit a correction slip.

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