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Hendrik Jan van Steenis vs Theodore Magnus Wechsler
Hastings tournament (1947), Hastings, England, Jan-02
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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Jun-07-03  kolobok: why he resighed here???????????
Jun-07-03  Shadout Mapes: He lost his rook.
Jun-07-05  schnarre: Loss of Rook or loss of Queen; gotta love the classics!
Jun-07-05  aw1988: That's hysterical.
Jun-08-05  schnarre: <aw1988> Indeed!
Dec-01-05  DeepBlade: The way Black plays seems like suicide.
Dec-01-05  panigma: 7...Rg8

Dec-01-05  Eric Xanthus: Yes, <panigma>--but then 8.Qxg8+ Nxg8 9.Nxe4.
Dec-01-05  DeepBlade: Actually, without the greedy Black Queen, ...Ng6 after 5.Qxg7 would be nice for Black.
Dec-25-05  DeepBlade: Unpinning on the right moment, causes 2 different threats, some kind of chess paradox. 4. ...Qxd5 is the blunder, pawn snatching is no good in chess.

6. ...Ng6 would save Black for a while

Dec-25-05  Averageguy: 5...g6 was better, but white still has the better game.
Mar-24-08  poctuk xboctuk: 4. ... Qxd5 should have: "???"
Apr-01-08  giocle: he is not anticipating the sequences of his opening moves
Jan-01-09  apexin: wow,what a great struggle
Mar-08-10  jbtigerwolf: What a fascinating little game! I'm really new to chess and it's the first time I have seen other than 4.e5 or 4.Bd2. 6...Qe4+ looks ok and it might be played by most people... then white moves the king to safety and when the smoke has cleared it's all over! It's just amazing that you can check your opponent with him unable to take you due to the pin, only to realise you are gone after he simply moves the king out the way. I suppose that checking is not always advisable when you have a piece en-prise... What a lesson from 1867!!
Nov-09-10  lionel15: It is suicide. They did have fun in those days
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  tpstar: I'll bet Steinitz enjoyed a hearty laugh after this French debacle.

There are three database games with 5. Qg4 and all are White wins.

Aug-18-13  jhelix70: Black looks fine after the natural 6. ... Rg8. For example, 7. Qxh7 e5!
Aug-18-13  jhelix70: This game features the exact same moves as: Steinitz vs Wechsler, 1867

Black looks fine after the natural 6. ... Rg8. For example, 7. Qxh7 e5!

Aug-18-13  jhelix70: Obviously, due to the name of the opponent and location being the same, these two games are one and the same; there must be a mistake in the white player and date of one of them.
Aug-18-13  JimNorCal: Somebody once said that the King is also a fighting piece.

Kd1 is a prime example.

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  Tabanus: Duplicate game of H van Steenis vs Wechsler, 1947, and can be deleted.
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  perfidious: Fixed; this is the correct attribution.
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  Tabanus: Yes, and the game is also in Tidskrift för Schack May-June 1947 p. 142:

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  sachistu: It's a minor point, but this was from the Hastings Christmas tournament, Dec 1946, Premier Reserves Section A, where van Steenis tied for first and Wechsler finished last. There was no round-by-round coverage in BCM, so unless it was an early round game, it would have been played in 1947.
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