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Steele vs Charles Henry Stanley
"Thou Shalt Not, Steele" (game of the day Oct-02-2009)
Casual game (1860), Liverpool ENG
Scotch Game: Haxo Gambit (C45)  ·  0-1



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Nov-27-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Wow, 12...Bxf2+ is a magnificent counterattack move!
Oct-02-09  jpcsacristan: nice shot, Bxf2,
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  sleepyirv: Not a Dr.Livingston pun?
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  HeMateMe: It was a "Steeleye Span"!
Oct-02-09  leow: what if 13 kf1 ?
Oct-02-09  Figs: if 13kf1 does 13...Qf4 win?
The discovered check looks dangerous, but I can't actually see any real danger and white's attack will run out. Therefore, something like:
13. Kf1 Qf4
14. Nh6+ Kh8
15. Nf7 Rxf7
16. Bxf7 Bh4+
17. Kg1 Qf2#
Oct-02-09  Sem: 8. Qb3 looks promising, but IMO simply Bxd3 or castling would have been better.
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  whiteshark: He should have tried <12.Nxd3>, confessing the fact of a faulty opening strategy
Oct-02-09  RandomVisitor: 3 minutes per move:

Steele - Charles Henry Stanley

Casual Liverpool, 1860

[Rybka 3 ]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.c3 d3 last book move

6.b4 0.37/17
[Rybka 3 : 6.0-0 d6 7.Qxd3 Nf6 8.b4 Bb6 9.a4 a5 10.b5 Ne7 0.37/17 ]

6...Bb6 0.37/16
7.b5= -0.09/16
[Rybka 3 : 7.0-0 d6 8.Qxd3 Nf6 9.a4 a5 10.b5 Ne7 11.e5 Bf5 12.Qe2 Ne4 13.Bd3 d5 14.c4 0-0 15.Ba3 Nc5 16.Bxf5 Nxf5 17.Bxc5 Bxc5 18.Qd3 0.37/16 ]

7...Nce7 0.53/15
[Rybka 3 : 7...Qe7 8.Qxd3 Ne5 9.Nxe5 Qxe5 10.Be3= -0.09/16 ]

8.Qb3= 0.12/16
[Rybka 3 : 8.0-0 Ng6 9.Bxd3 d6 10.Nbd2 Nf6 11.a4 Qe7 12.a5 Bc5 13.Nb3 0-0 14.Nxc5 0.53/15 ]

8...d5= 0.16/18
[Rybka 3 : 8...Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.e5 Ne4 11.0-0 d5 12.exd6 Qxd6 13.Ba3 Bc5 14.Re1 Bf5 15.Bxc5 Nxc5 16.Qc4 d2= 0.12/16 ]

9.exd5 0.09/17 Nf6 0.09/15
10.d6 -0.71/17
[Rybka 3 : 10.0-0 0-0 11.Bxd3 Qxd5 12.c4 Qh5 13.Bg5 Ng6 14.Nbd2 Nd7 15.Bc2 Nc5 16.Qb4 f6 17.Be3 a5 18.Qc3= 0.09/15 ]

10...0-0 -0.39/16
11.Ne5? -2.17/15
[Rybka 3 : 11.dxc7 Qxc7 12.0-0 Ne4 13.Nbd2 Nc5 14.Qb1 Bf5 15.Re1 Rae8 16.Ba3 Ng6 17.h3 Nf4 -0.39/16 ]

11...Qxd6 -1.89/15
12.Nxf7?? -5.57/13
[Rybka 3 : 12.Nxd3 Ned5 13.0-0 Ng4 14.g3 Bf5 15.Qd1 Qg6 16.Nf4 Nxf4 17.Bxf4 Bc2 18.Qf3 Nxf2 19.Rxf2 Bxf2 + -1.89/15 ]

12...Bxf2+ -5.46/14
13.Kxf2 -5.51/13 Nfd5 -5.46/14
14.Bxd3 -5.37/13 Rxf7+ -5.41/14

Oct-02-09  RandomVisitor: 3 questionable moves in a row: 10.d6, 11.Ne5, 12.Nxf7 ... 3 strikes and you're out.
Oct-02-09  RandomVisitor: Even without the shot 12...Bxf2, white is still in trouble:

12...Rxf7 13.Bxf7+ Kh8 14.0-0 Ng4 15.g3 Qf6 16.Bh5 Be6, etc.

Oct-02-09  lzromeu: Indeed 10.d6 was premature: queen side not developed, no castle. This is style of play in 18th century
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  Phony Benoni: <lzromeu: This is style of play in 18th century>

So Steele was behind the times?

Oct-02-09  lzromeu: ops, 19th century
Oct-02-09  lzromeu: <Phony Benoni> Great move, you fork 3: Steele, style and Still. Steel move.
Oct-02-09  tivrfoa: 11. dxc7 and white would be a piece up. But it seems that black would still be better, like <RandomVisito> posted.
Oct-02-09  310metaltrader: Um, someone explain to me why white resigns here. is there a mate i am missing?
Oct-02-09  310metaltrader: why did white resign?
Oct-02-09  RandomVisitor: <310metaltrader><why did white resign>

15.Bf5 Bxf5

15.Bf4 Qxf4+

15.Ke2 Bg4+ leads to mate in 8.

15.Kg1 Qc5+ is mate in 3.

15.Ke1 Nf4 and now:

a) 16.Bf1 Bg4

b) 16.Bxf4 Qxd3

c) 16.Be4 Bg4

The white king is stuck in the open as black can unfold his pieces into a direct attack on the king. White has no counterplay of any kind.

Oct-02-09  WhiteRook48: 12...Bxf2+!!
Oct-02-09  faroiden: tivrfoa: 11. dxc7 and white would be a piece up.
11.dxe7 !
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  Phony Benoni:

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Yes, White would be a piece up after 11.dxe7, but after 11...Qxe7+ he would not be enjoying it much. If, say, 12.Be3 Bxe3 13.fxe3 Qxe3+ 14.Kd1 Ng4, and White is suffering.

Don't assume that these 19th century players were weak because they made insane looking attacking moves; there's a lot of depth there. Check out User: RandomVisitor's analysis of the final position; did you realize White's game was so hopeless? I know I didn't.

Oct-05-09  tivrfoa: <faroiden: tivrfoa: 11. dxc7 and white would be a piece up. 11.dxe7 !> yeah. xD

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