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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Lang
"Auld Lang Resign" (game of the day Jan-01-2006)
Casual game (1860), Vienna AUH, Feb-05
King's Gambit: Accepted. Blachly Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0



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Jan-01-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Karpova> Thanks for that! I just saw the webpage you referred me to, and apparently some people sing this song on New Year's Eve. Now it all starts to make sense. :)
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  cu8sfan: Lol! The puns, the puns! I assume this is just the beginning of another year with great puns.
Jan-01-06 Wow!

that kid Lange must've hae tak'n too many pint-stowps. <hic!>

11.Rxf8 is so punny!

Beware the Spooky Steinitz Storm!Ooooo!

Jan-01-06  weisyschwarz: <Chessgames>, is black Lang or is it Max Lange? I am getting crossed signals.
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  kevin86: I've heard this game referred to as the WILD MUZIO,because white sacs the bishop at f7 as well as the knight at f3. Mr. Lang was either a rank duffer or the most courageous man on earth--accepting the Muzio vs Steinitz! I believe the former,unfortunately.
Jan-01-06 I misspelled. sorry <weisy> :)

I think he was a duffer only they must've played at a pub in those days, all day long in pubs meant drinking lots, it wasn't like organized weekend tournaments nowadays.

Jan-02-06  weisyschwarz: <> it isn't just you, unless you submitted this game, I guess. Even on the board (misty beach--java viewer) it lists black as M. Lange.
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  LIFE Master AJ: I used to play over "The Game of the Day" ... every single day. Then - about two months ago - I got out of the habit. (I guess the hectic holiday season? Or maybe any excuse will do.)

I just noticed the title of this game. ("Auld Lang Resign.") Bravo! (I laughed out loud!!!)

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  LIFE Master AJ: Of course the game itself was a massacre. (Great play by Steinitz!)
Mar-31-06  McCool: For a minute there I thought Steinitz didn't know what he was doing.
Mar-18-08  InspiredByMorphy: If your going to play 7. ...fxg2 don't play 8. ...Kxf7
Mar-18-08  RookFile: The whole game was basically a book line known to Steinitz, before he even pushed the first pawn.
Mar-18-08  brankat: <RookFile> So? If anything, this proves Bobby was right when he called Steinitz "the first modern player."

The game also shows young Steinitz was more than capable of playing "open games".

Mar-18-08  blackburne: The black not is Lang. Is Max Lange. Steinitz play a match with Max Lange in Vienna in 1860.
Mar-13-09  outplayer: 11.Rxf8+! was hard to find cause I wanted to win the queen with 11.Rf7+?. I forgot that in those days the masters didn't play for material.
Mar-13-09  apoka: 14...♔c5 is quite an ugly move. Black is under a heavy attach and its Knight is threatened. It would be wise to move it, instead of pushing the king over the board. 14...♘e5 also prevents 15. ♘c4.

Overall, that's an interesting game. It appears to be quite random, but most of the moves seem to make sense. :-) Many amateurs may be tempted to play similar moves as Black did here.

Jun-20-09  WhiteRook48: pretty finish
Aug-14-09  nd792001: best pun ever
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  DCLawyer: After playing this game, I checked the moves with Fritz 8. A number of bad errors on both sides. But most disturbing is that points are actually deducted for choosing moves that are at least as good as Steinitz's (e.g., 5.0-0 vs. 5.d4) or that clearly are better (11.Rf2 or 11.Rf3 as opposed to 11.Rxf8?). What's up with that?
Oct-14-10  Spasskyfan22: Stenitz is my kinda dude..
Oct-14-10  ughaibu: Guess the move score: 40
Jul-23-11  Owerbart: Anyone saw any alternative to 14 ... Kc5?
Jan-19-13  RandomVisitor: Black has to consider options like 7...Qe7, 7...d5, 7...Qh4, 7...Bh6, 7...d6, 7...Nf6, 7...Qf6 which reduce white's counterplay and likely preserve an advantage.
Jan-19-13  RandomVisitor: Black could give a piece back with possible drawing chances, after sequences like 14...Ne5 15.Bxh6 Qf6; 14...Ng4 15.Qxg4 Ne5; 14...Na5 15.Bxh6 Qf6
Apr-26-21  Dhirajk2021: The assault begins from the 8th move!!
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