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Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship Match (1889), Havana CUB, rd 9, Feb-05
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  0-1

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Sep-12-06  Runemaster: There's some great rope-a-dope play from Steinitz here. After ten moves, the opening looked terrible for him In the ending, his rook swings back and forth on the sixth rank until Steinitz seems to finally decide to win the game.
Sep-12-06  FHBradley: Has anyone tried out this particular defence against Evans after Steinitz's relatively unsuccessful experiments? Tchigorin, at the end, seems to have found a way of coping with 6... ♕f6, ie. showing that it isn't sound.
Sep-12-06  nescio: <FHBradley: Has anyone tried out this particular defence against Evans>

Yes, but not very succesfully either:
Timman vs Kurajica, 1977

Oct-22-06  Sporka Child: <Runemaster: There's some great rope-a-dope play from Steinitz here. After ten moves, the opening looked terrible for him>

Black is cramped, but White has a backwards pawn on e4. Also, White has committed himself in the center, his pawns have lost their dynamic potential somewhat...

I wouldn't say this is terrible for Black at all. Steinitz plays actively on the Queenside and turns this play into a slight endgame advantage. Once the Queens are swapped off, there is no need to castle and he comes out of the middlegame with the iniative.

<In the ending, his rook swings back and forth on the sixth rank until Steinitz seems to finally decide to win the game.>

Again, try to figure out the threats or why a certain moves were required. The so called swinging rook generates constant threats in the White camp allowing Black to make his incursion. Black takes control of the e2 square and White can resign with good conscious.

The invasion of this type of active rook is ironically one of the main strategic goals outlined in Nimzo's My System which came out some 36 years after this game!

Nov-29-07  PADutchImprover: 14 Nb5 a very nice try.

17 dxc6 (Is 17 Nxe5 worth a try here? 17 . . . c4, 18. Nxc4 !? bxc4, 19. Rxc4, emerging with the bishop pair, the open file, and a pawn up (but a N down))

Feb-28-08  Knight13: What happens if White defends the e-pawn with Nd2 in the RN vs RB ending?
Mar-31-14  Tal1949: Steinitz played very solid here with black. Only the poor 6...Qf6 and 7...Ne7 which he keeps on using and the strange endgame play marred a good effort. Even my Stockfish DD could not keep up with the horrible end play. Where is Capablanca when I need him?
May-02-18
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  Big Pawn: < Knight13: What happens if White defends the e-pawn with Nd2 in the RN vs RB ending?>

Black attacks the Nd2 with Rd8. If the Rook defends then ...Bxe4! And the back row is weak.

May-02-18
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  Big Pawn: Chigorin had Steinitz crushed right out of the opening, but when he vacated the c4 square with 12. Bb3, he lost his way. 12. Be2! is more harmonious and threatens Nc4 crushing.

Steinitz won but this was not a victory for his school vs Chigorin’s school.

Dec-21-18  myhilarioususername: Chigorin had a nice Tal move he could have played 14.Rxc3 Some of the variations in that line are absolutely ridiculous since he is already down two pawns but it is an almost winning position if not completely winning because black is so undeveloped and whites pieces are so well cordinated to tear apart whites structure.

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