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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Heinrich Strauss
Casual game (1860), Vienna AUH, Apr-??
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Compromised Defense (C52)  ·  1-0

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Aug-01-04  Knight13: Very nice way to attack the black king!
Sep-29-05  Fischer of Men: Am I dreaming or did Steinitz miss 27.Qe4#?
Sep-29-05  Happypuppet: He did. Maybe he went for a more romantic finish.
Sep-29-05  aw1988: Beautiful! Bxg7!
Sep-29-05  aw1988: Well, no, Bxg7 is fairly obvious. Qxh7!! is very hard to see.
Sep-30-05  Joseph21: He saw it Qe4# but he just want to eat pawns before a checkmate.gotcha
Sep-30-05  who: Fritz finds 18...Nc3 - a move I'd probably never see which keeps black in the game.
Sep-30-05  crafty: 18...♘c3 19. ♕xb7 O-O 20. ♗xe6 fxe6 21. ♗xc3 ♕xc3 22. ♖xd6   (eval 0.42; depth 15 ply; 1000M nodes)
May-02-09  WhiteRook48: easy for me, I'm a pawn grabber
Mar-04-18  amin79: 27. Queen e4 was rapid.
Apr-26-21  Dhirajk2021: 15th move e5!! by white was stunning!!
Aug-27-21
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  keypusher: I came across this position in a puzzle book.


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I calculated the the combination out to 27.Qe4#, which is pretty good by my standards, and was even more tickled when I checked the solution and found that Steinitz had missed the mate on move 27. Probably what happened is he saw the mate starting with 27.Qxf7+ and didn't bother to look any further.

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