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Wilhelm Steinitz vs NN
Simul, 26b (1890) (exhibition), New York, NY USA, Oct-18
King Pawn Game: Macleod Attack (C20)  ·  1-0



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Feb-22-03  bishop: A beautiful game.
Jun-04-04  Fresh: Thats sick...very nice...impressive!
Jun-04-04  Woodpusher: It's hard to believe, but I think Black is lost after playing 4...Nf6
Jun-04-04  drukenknight: Yes, it's hard to believe after:

5. ... Nc6 6. Bxf7+ Ke7 7. Bd5 exd4 8. Qxb7 Rb8 9. Qa6 dxc3 10. Nxc3 Nb4
11. Qe2

Nov-06-05  DeepBlade: This game demonstrates how versatile, flexible and agile an Queen is. What is also notable about this game is, white pretends to attack on the diagonal, and then changes spontaneously.

Black cant take Bishop because it would result in loss of Queen otherwise, it results in a mate

Jan-02-07  Sibahi: Funny that a player would rather be mated than to lose his queen !!
Feb-18-09  TheaN: Interestingly, Black would only lose the exchange after 8....Kxf7 9.Qxd8 Na6, which should follow 10.Qxa8 Bxa8. With a better development for Black, that is not yet played out.

Just after seeing the moves I played out above I decided to present it to Rybka 2. She still believes White has an overwhelming edge after both 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.f3 and 11.f3. To be honest, that seems true after 11.f3 (11.dxe5 is trickier):

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I don't want to be Black here. Still, better than 8....Ke7 :)

Apr-14-09  WhiteRook48: 2...d6?
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  sea7kenp: Indeed, <WhiteRook48>. Opening Explorer suggests 2 ... d5 instead.
Sep-26-21  Z truth 000000001: A potential source - NY Clipper 1890-11-29

has this game, under heading <A Chesikin>, as being played in a 26b simul (peripatetic exhibition), in Manhatten CC (+23 =2 -1).

The game ends after Black's 6th move, with <White wins Q in two, or mates in three moves>.


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  MissScarlett: The Manhattan CC simul took place on October 18th. A day later, Steinitz began a weekly column in the <New York Tribune>; I checked the first few editions for this game, but nothing. He did give two others from the simul, which I'll submit.
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  HeMateMe: did he send in the columns by teletype, from the insane asylum on Wards Island?
Sep-27-21  Jean Defuse: ...

Source: Evening Star (New Zealand) 22 April 1899


Sep-27-21  Z truth 000000001: Thanks <Jean> for digging that out, looks like the source for the current <CG> version of the game (playing out to mate).

Of course, I think R.M. Baird took the liberty of fattening the game for the benefit of his readers, and so I prefer the NY Clipper version.

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