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Johannes Zukertort vs James Mortimer
London (1883), London ENG, rd 25, Jun-15
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Compromised Defense Main Line (C52)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: Part of Zuckertort's three-loss collapse at the end of this very long tournament. He still won easily because he was 22-1 at the time!
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  Honza Cervenka: Black was quite happy here. Zukertort could have won easily if he would not play "elegant" but not so good sac 23.Rxd7+. Instead of that simple 23.Qh3 with threats like Rxd7+ or Qh4+ would have won at once, for example 23.Qh3 Qc6 24.Qh4+ Ke8 25.e6 d6 26.Rc1! (the Queen has to be expelled from a8-h1 diagonal) 26...Qb6 27.Nxg6 and the game is over. Also 23.e6 or 23.Rfd1 should have won easily. After Zukertort's sacrifice a better continuation seems to be 24.Rd1+ Ke7 25.Rd6!! cxd6 26.Qe6+ Kf8 (26...Kd8 27.exd6 ) 27.Qf6+ Ke8 (27...Kg8 28.e6 ) 28.Qxh8+ Ke7 29.Qxb8 dxe5 30.Qxe5+ with some advantage due to more active pieces and unsafe position of black King.
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  Phony Benoni: <"According to the <Leeds Mercury>, Zukertort took one hour and ten minutes to consider his reply to Mortimer's 29th move in their second game, and the latter player evinced his nervousness the while by several times trying to write down his move with the wrong end of his pencil."> -- Baltimore American, August 5, 1883.
Jan-15-15  poorthylacine: Maybe HONZA CERVENKA in your variant after 24. Rd1+, 30. Nd3 is a little more safe and promising than the move 30. Qxe5 because after this last move Black could take a little edge by answering 30...Qd6; after 30.Nd3 Qb5 Fritz 11 and Rybka "think" that after 31.Nxe5 Ke7 (but not 31...Ke6? 32.Nc4!! which would win by a direct attack at last) 32.Ng4, White has a little pressure... But draw would be the most likely result?...

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