Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 24, Jul-05
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Suhle Defense (C59)  ·  1/2-1/2



explore this opening
find similar games 37 more Steinitz/Blackburne games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can step through the moves by clicking the < and > buttons, but it's much easier to simply use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: This is a notorious case where R+2P only draw vs rook. If you have a bishop and rook pawn,you cannot win under these conditions.

What I heard is that one pawn must be sacrificed to divert the king-and as the rook pawn is a hopeless case-it has to be the one to go. Alas,the bishop pawn only draws if the king is on the edge of the board.QED-it is a draw.

Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Kramnik managed to win this type of endgame today:

Kramnik vs Aronian, 2008

Apr-01-08  Judah: Actually, Steinitz should have won this game. At move 79, he had a fairly easy win with c6: Black can't stop both pawns from Queening.
May-02-08  Judah: 61...Kc7 is a subtle blunder. Black needs to prevent White's King from supporting the advance of the c-pawn. His plan is to control the squares in front of the c-pawn with his King and then play his Rook to the b-file, forcing White's King either to the a-file (where it is stuck doing nothing but blocking a pawn) or behind the c-pawn (where it is also doing nothing). Any time White tries to bring his King up to support the pawn, Black drives it off with a check from the Rook, and there is nothing White can do.

...Kc7 looks like a reasonable move in support of this goal, but it fails to Steinitz's 62.Kb5 63.Re7+. The check drives the Black King away, White's King is able to penetrate, and with careful play, White should win the game.

To accomplish his goal, Blackburne needed to play 61...Kd7, still controlling c6 and c7, but preventing Re7+. This would have given him the time he needed to play ...Rh8 ...Rb8, successfully restraining Steinitz's King.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Pawn and Two: Steinitz's last opportunity to win this game was at move 81. Nalimov tables show White's position to be winning with best play after: 81.Kd7 (23 moves); 81.Kd6 (27 moves); 81.Rd8+ (31 moves); 81.Rd7 (37 moves); 81.Rd3 (38 moves); 81.Rd2 (38 moves); 81.Kb6 (39 moves); or 81.Kb5 (39 moves).

After 81.Kd7 Rh1 82.c6 Rh7+ 83.Kd6 Rh1 84.Re5 Rd1+ 85.Kc5 Ka7 86.Re4 Kb8 87.Kb5 Rc1 88.Rb4 Ka7 89.Rc4 Rb1+ 90.Kc5 Rb8 91.c7, and wins for White.

Jun-20-19  Straclonoor: Initially (after 61.ba4) ending is drawn. Only single move for save game - 61...Kd7. After 61....Kc7 - lose in 32.
Later Steinitz had a lot chances to win the ending.


70. Re7+ Kb8 71. c6 Rxa5+ 72. Kd6 Ra2 73. Re8+ Ka7 74. c7 Rd2+ 75. Ke6 Re2+ 76. Kf7 Rf2+ 77. Kg7 Rg2+ 78. Kh6 Rc2 79. c8=Q Rxc8 80. Rxc8 Kb7 81. Rc5 Kb6 82. Re5 Kc6 83. Kg6 Kd7 84. Kf7 Kd6 85. Rf5 Kd7 86. Rf6 Kd8 87. Ke6 Kc7 88. Ke7 Kc8 89. Kd6 Kb7 90. Kd7 Kb8 91. Kc6 Ka8 92. Kb6 Kb8 93. Rf8#


79. c6 Rc2 80. a6 Rc1 81. Rd6 Rc2 82. Kd8 Rb2 83. c7+ Ka7 84. c8=Q Rb8 85. Qxb8+ Kxb8 86. a7+ Kb7 87. Re6 Kxa7 88. Kc8 Ka8 89. Ra6#

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
R+2P vs R-with BP and RP even Steinitz couldn't win!
from champs vs champs by kevin86
Rook vs Rook
from Endgames World champions - part one by Alenrama
Two Knights
by CrusadingBishop
RPP vs R played by two early greats (from move 61)
from Endgame studies by RonB52734
R+P vs R
from Endgames in progress by FENfiend
Vienna 1898
by suenteus po 147
Black's 61st, White's 81st
from Annotated by Tablebase by Judah
Oh, Those Effin' Aitch Pawns in Rook Endgames!
by Resignation Trap
Vienna 1898
by JoseTigranTalFischer
Rook vs Rook
from Endgames World champions - part one by brucemubayiwa
Two Knights
by zee007
Vienna 1898
by Mal Un

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC