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Isidor Gunsberg vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Steinitz - Gunsberg World Championship Match (1891), New York, NY USA, rd 18, Jan-21
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  0-1



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Feb-27-08  Knight13: After 47...Nb4 it's already a 0-1 game. The queen side majority proved too much for Gunsberg.
Jul-14-12  King.Arthur.Brazil: White could play 37.N3e4 (f6?? 38.Rh7 Bd6 39.Qc3) But 37...Nd5 (38.Qxc4?? or Qb7?? then 38...Bxh2+; 38.Qb1(or b2), Tb8; 38.Qe1 Te8; 38.Qd2 c3! 38.Qa4 f6 or f5. Maybe Gunsberg didn't like these complicated lines...was 6...Qf6 a good move? Maybe white overlooked this time.
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  SteinitzLives: Gunsberg seems to overvalue development in this game, which would make sense against a lesser opponent. The positional looking 8. d5 is so nice, but Gunsberg did not play that until later games against Steinitz. 8. Qa4 is just not going to get it, but it's development which was what everyone valued in gambit openings.

Blacks' passed pawn is just not something white wants to deal with. 35. Rh4+ is just such a hopeless plan, but typical of that day. 35. Ne2 is a much better move, but all about defending.

10. Na3 really looks like a wanton develop-at-all-costs move, and only helps for a short while. 10. d5 or 10. Rd1 match what this opening calls for.

From move 32 on, Steinitz is all world class technique for that time.

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