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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Mikhail Chigorin
St. Petersburg (1895/96), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 8, Dec-31
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Rosenthal Variation (D21)  ·  1-0



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Jan-16-15  RookFile: You don't bluff with Steinitz. Black's kingside play looked dangerous, but Steinitz is not afraid.
Oct-14-16  offramp: Steinitz played 19.Nd6

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My own method in situations like that, as Black, is to take the knight immediately, before it can be supported. So I would have played 19...Rxd6 20. exd6 Qxd6 with this position:

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Black is roughly a pawn down but he has a solid position and chances for counterplay. Most importantly that ♘ on d6 has gone!

But Chigorin did not take it, and it was there right at the end of the game.

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...Except that it had recently moved from d6 to e8, capturing the rook that could have taken it 15 moves earlier.

Oct-14-16  RookFile: I think you're right about the exchange sac. Backing up a few moves earlier, I don't think ....Bb4+ and Bxd2 was so hot either. I prefer to put that bishop on e7 and leave it there. That way Nd6 isn't so terrific for white.
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  keypusher: <...Except that it had recently moved from d6 to e8, capturing the rook that could have taken it 15 moves earlier.>

I'm wondering just what kind of pendantic jerk would point out that there are still two black rooks on the board.

Oct-17-17  ughaibu: Or that as soon as the knight moved, the rook that could have taken it 14 moves earlier immediately exploited its liberation by moving to d5!
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  keypusher: Or what kind of pendantic jerk can't even spell pedantic.
Oct-18-17  WorstPlayerEver: SF gives 20. h4 Rxd6 but I don't think it makes much difference i.c.w. 19... Rxd6


A pedantic fool (I don't like the word 'jerk'...) who doesn't double check their posts? Now you've made me insecure 😉

Oct-19-17  Howard: Well, I learned a new word today...had never seen that word up until now.
Oct-19-17  ughaibu: <I learned a new word today...had never seen that word up until now>


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  NM JRousselle: 12... e5 looks like the obvious move for Black. Unfortunately, the unprotected rook on d8 prevents that move.

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