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Wilhelm Steinitz vs NN
Odds game (1863) (unorthodox), London ENG, Oct-??
Russian Game: Modern Attack (C43)  ·  1-0



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Apr-14-15  heuristic: 4...Nd5 is rare


9...f6 10.Nf7 Rf8 11.Nd6+ Kd8 12.Qxh7

10...0-0 11.Nd6+ Kh8 12.Bh6 Rxf2

13.Qxe7+! (M4)

Aug-17-18  TheFocus: Devide has the finale as 15...Kxd6 16. Bf4 mate.
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  Telemus: <TheFocus> I rate Devide as unreliable, while Whitehead, who used primary sources, made relatively few mistakes.

Whitehead has a quite similar game played at rook odds (Ra1) in October 1863 in London, which ended with these moves: 9.. Qc7 10. Nxf7 Rf8 11. Nd6+ Kd8 12. Qh4 g6 13. Qxe7+ Kxe7 14. Bg5+ Rf6 15. exf6+ Kxd6 16. Bf4# 1-0

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  Telemus: And with the month I found immediately a version of this game in Löwenthal's "Chess Player's Magazine" 1863, p 141:

- played at rook odds in the Cigar Divan in October 1863

- 9.. g6 etc.

Aug-17-18  TheFocus: <Telemus> Thank you. It looks like Devide in his <Steinitz Selected Chess Games> would have to be verified with primary sources.

I have heard that Jay Whitehead's work is top-notch! Sorry to hear about him passing away. When I first joined the USCF, Whitehead was active and I would see him in Chess Life. That would have been in 1980. Jay won the U.S. Junior Ch. the next year.

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  Telemus: <TheFocus: It looks like Devide in his <Steinitz Selected Chess Games> would have to be verified with primary sources.>

Steinitz's time in England is the current project of Tim Harding:

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  MissScarlett: <Löwenthal's "Chess Player's Magazine" 1863, p 141>

The original publication. It appeared in John Odin Howard Taylor's 1869 collection, <Chess Brilliants>, p.85, with the transposition, <9...Qc7 10.Nxf7 Rf8 11.Nd6+ Kd8 12.Qh4 g6>, and alternative ending, <15...Kxd6 16.Bf4#>, and this version found its way into other collections.

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