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Adolf Stern vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Baden-Baden (1870), Baden-Baden GER, rd 2, Jul-20
Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. General (C60)  ·  0-1



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Dec-08-13  thomastonk: For about 20 moves Stern could resist, but then he lost control step by step. A few moves later, Steinitz is clearly winning, but then he lost control by the two bishop moves 26.. ♗f6? (26.. ♗e5) and 28.. ♗g4+?. Now White could have won by 30.♘g6+.

"Schachzeitung" 1870, p 360 reports that Stern did not play this move, because he knew that he would have to leave the tournament. Moreover, it is stated that Steinitz would not have won second prize, if Stern had won. This is probably wrong, because Stern's result did not count for the final result.

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  Tabanus: Reposted from <thomastonk> (2 Aug 2015):

<Please read the comment of move 38 in DSZ 1870, page 360: "Mit diesem Zug überschritt Weiss die festgesetzte Zeit; die Partie zählte daher für ihn als verloren." (At this move White exceeded the time; the game counted as a loss for him.)>

So I requested CG to give it 0-1

Dec-27-18  PatrickGJr: This game is very insightful in a strategic sense, reguarding what is be seen as being of the utmost priority to certain players, given upon move 10. White also has another option as opposed to winning a pawn, in the fashion in which he did so. White also has available Bc4+ taking control of the long diagonal of which Black's only 2 real responses are D5, and Kh8, each of which I find to be better than what was played given, if upon D5, you just win the pawn, but don't have to give up your strong light squared bishop to do so. upon Kh8, you can now play Knie6 to which black has the ability to respond with BxKnie6, if not just moving their queen out of the way, so as to keep the critical light squared bishop in the game, Yet, the kicker comes when instead of exchanging your knight for the Rook upon F8, you take the bishop upon G7, and now you enjoy a crucial strategic advantage brought upon by black's serious strutcural pawn chain difficiences, allow your 2 bishops to absolutely cut right through black's field which may very well be game winning in it's own right. Being up a pawn vs. (Piece-Placement-Activity-Solid Structural integrity-King Safety advantages)

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