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Adolf Anderssen vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Anderssen - Steinitz (1866), London ENG, rd 9, Aug-01
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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Aug-31-04  InspiredByMorphy: I wonder if 19. ...h6 then 20. ...Bxf5 is better?
Aug-31-04  sneaky pete: <InspiredByMorphy> 19... h6 allows 20.Nxh6+ .. when white has at least a draw. Steinitz always played to win. In this match, as in his later matches against Chigorin, he set himself the task to prove the Evans gambit to be unsound, so he would avoid a forced draw.

After 20.Nxh6+ gxh6 21.Qxh6 Ne5 it seems doubtful however that white has more than a draw. I guess Anderssen would have played 20.g4 .. when 20... Bxf5? 21.gxf5 .. is disastrous, so 19... h6 just seems a bad idea, hardly IBM.

Oct-01-04  Dick Brain: Or else he could play 28...Qf7 stopping 29. f6 and only later play Bd8.
Jan-30-12  Knight13: <Dick Brain: Or else he could play 28...Qf7 stopping 29. f6 and only later play Bd8.> You are right!
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  MissScarlett: Staunton in the <ILN> of September 22nd 1866, p.291, quoted the analysis of Charles Dupre, the main line being <28...Qf7 29. Qg6 Qxg6 30. fxg6 Nxc1 31. Ng5 Rf8 32. Rxc1 Rxf2 33. Nf7+ Rxf7 34. gxf7 g6 35. Bxg6 Kg7 36. Rg1 a1=Q 37. Rxa1 Kxg6 and wins.>
Nov-18-22  SymphonicKnight: This game is remarkably uncommented upon for such a relatively significant game in chess history, within a pre-official defacto world championship match with the score tied 4-4 and Anderssen actually taking the lead late in it. This is just a bad game for such brilliant players, and shows the challenges for a human in attempting to evaluate such a complex game as an Evan's Gambit or a King's Gambit, shown in the previous games of this match, especially in the attack and defense of such volatile positions. The challenge and frustrations for the reviewer are between moves 21-31, with nearly every move importentous in its ramifications. I could comment upon this, but it would be a waste of your time if you review this without engine input. This also shows how challenging new positions are without the advice of history, experience, or engine analysis.

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