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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Adolf Albin
2nd City Chess Club Tournament (1894), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Nov-03
Dutch Defense: Fianchetto Attack (A81)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: I don't understand the result of this game. White has clear advantage in the final position.
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks. Unless somebody knows otherwise, I'll assume it's 1-0.
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  Honza Cervenka: I had an opportunity to look into a collection of games of Wilhelm Steinitz owned by my friend (alas, I don't remember the name of that book) and the result of this game was 0-1. There were no comments added to the game but I guess that Steinitz lost it by exceeding of time limit. It is not usual to lose a game in clearly better or even winning position by exceeding of time limit, but sometimes it happens.... See for example the game Spassky vs Hort, 1977 , which decided the match in tournament of candidates between Spassky and Hort in 1977.
Dec-11-05  Calli: <Honza Cervenka> I actually looked this up in the Brooklyn Eagle ( 11 November 1894). The committee ruled that Steinitz did exceed the time limit. From what I read, the clocks in use at the time did not have flags. Albin claimed the forfeit when Steinitz's clock showed exactly 2 hrs elapsed and he had made only 33 moves instead of 36. Steinitz was well ahead in the tournament, so I guess he didn't protest too much, but he did say he had an advantage.
Mar-10-13  thomastonk: The Brooklyn Daily Standard-Union of November 10, 1894 also reports that Steinitz lost by exceeding the time limit. But according to this report the reason was that Steinitz thought the time limit would have been 15 moves per hour. Moreover, Steinitz appealed to the committee for a further consideration of the matter.

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