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Valentine Green vs Wilhelm Steinitz
"Be My Valentine!" (game of the day Feb-28-2021)
5th BCA Congress, London (1862), London ENG, rd 7, Jul-05
Sicilian Defense: French Variation (B40)  ·  0-1



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Sep-26-15  TheFocus: In Lowenthal's notes to this game, he gives the following note, but does not indicate which White move the note goes to moves 1-9.

<Strange that Mr. Green should have overlooked the obvious reply of ...a5. Had he made that move, winning was only a question of time.>

Does anyone want to hazard a guess?

Sep-26-15  TheFocus: Disregard that last request. I got it figured.
Jun-30-19  SaitamaSeason2: It was a typical of Steinitz playing Sicilian, at an early moment of the game he simplified position by occupying the center with pawns.

I'm sure that move 18.h3 by white is weakened his king position, maybe 18.♘e2 instead of 18.h3 could make it him holds any longer. Like 18. ♘e2 ♗xe3 19. ♘g1 ♗b6 20. ♕xe6+

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  FSR: This pun would have been more appropriate a couple of weeks ago.
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  FSR: Talk about being totally outclassed. Brutal.
Feb-28-21  goodevans: I'm intrigued by what <TheFocus> wrote back in 2019. Anyone?

After <9.Be3 Ng4 10.dxc5 Nxe3 11.fxe3 Bxc5> white has landed himself with an isolated pawn that is targeted and pinned by black's B, but after <12.Nd4 Qd6> that B's retreat is blocked.

On almost any of the next five moves white could have played <Na4> and forced a trade of that B for his fairly redundant N (but not 16.Na4? Rf4!). I'm pretty sure that's what I'd have done.

Feb-28-21  goodevans: * 2015
Feb-28-21  Brenin: <goodevans>: Thanks for the clarification: I was puzzled by the references to "... a5" and "moves 1-9". What if, after 13 Na4, Black preserves his DSB by 13 ... Bb4 14 c3 Ba5, with Bc7, threatening h2, to follow? The N on a4 suddenly looks rather dim.
Feb-28-21  Ironmanth: A surgical miniature! Thanks chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today.
Feb-28-21  goodevans: <Brenin> Good question. I had been thinking that white would just play <13.Na4 Bb4 14.c3 Ba5 15.b4> and get a good outpost for the N on c5 but, as you point out, after <15...Bc7> the attack on h2 is a little embarrassing.

Fortunately there's a resource that comes to white's rescue: Before playing b4 he exchanges <15.Nxe6 fxe6> (15...Qxe6? 16.Nc5) and now after <16.b4 Bc7> he has <17.Qh5+ g6 18.Qh3>. This makes a future Nc5 even stronger and if black tries to prevent that with <18...b6> then < 19.e4> looks good.

I hadn't seen all this when I made my earlier comment so it's a bit fortunate that this resource exists. It isn't winning but it's certainly better than what happened in the game.

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