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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Van der Meden
"Meden Voyage" (game of the day Jun-03-2006)
Odds game (1865) (unorthodox), London ENG
Chess variants (000)  ·  1-0

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Jun-03-06  United33: wow triple deadly sacrifiying !!
Jun-03-06
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  Sneaky: Curiously, the Muzio gambit is a good choice if you're already giving knight odds, as the Queen's Knight rarely participates in the attack anyhow.
Jun-03-06  Eficko: wow what great play by stenitz. yes sneaky knight odds in the muzio is an advantage as lasker once said/showed.
Jun-03-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Un..be..lievable!
Jun-03-06  Calli: Also see Morphy vs NN, 1857

Apparently a "book" line?

Jun-03-06  backyard pawn: White's majority of active pieces dominates the board, despite his vast material deficit. That final Qe8 is a beautiful solution to ending the game.
Jun-03-06
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  kevin86: Mr. Steinitz and the Wild Muzio-a deadly combination!
Jun-03-06  THE pawn: euh...ouch?
Jun-03-06  filipecea: Bravo!

"How many pieces can a man sacrifice?" LOL. Kind of a philosophical question..

Jun-03-06
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  ganstaman: <filipecea> 15. 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops, 1 queen, 8 promoted pawns.

Though playing the KG a piece down puts the number at 13.

Ok, so maybe that's not what he meant.

Jun-03-06  filipecea: <ganstaman> well, in this case I think it's enough for a self-sacrifice!
Jun-03-06  filipecea: I would love to see, let's say a Topalov sac'ing this amount against Kramnik, for example.

Although it's very very unlikely

Jun-03-06  jamesmaskell: I would love it if such a game actually happened. None of us are going to be hurt by this. I want to see entertaining, exciting chess. This is ruddy incredible!
Jun-03-06  Mendrys: It's almost as if the whole game starts off as a trap due to the fact of the missing knight. <Calli> is right. This was apparently a "book" line even back then. I imaginge that quite a few players would have fallen for it. It still doesn't take away from the cleverness of the ending.
Jun-05-06  dakgootje: If i could only just once play a game like this...

Unbelievable, just sac about the whole lot...

Feb-24-07  sambo: Unbelievable
Apr-27-09  Fanacas: a friend of mine has played a game like this only he lost but he could have matet the enemy in 4 he only didnt see it :(
Nov-19-10  Elton: @sevenseaman If 16. Qd5+, there's Qe6 to block it.
Nov-19-10  sevenseaman: On the spot <Elton>. I saw it and was in time to kill my comment.
Jan-11-11
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  ketchuplover: My board freezes after 14...Kf7
Oct-21-11  Llawdogg: Wow! Morphy and Steinitz played nearly the same game!
Jul-19-18
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  Korora: Remember to develop your pieces!
Jul-19-18
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  WorstPlayerEver: Nah, 9... Qg7 is pretty nasty. Which leads to the h8 Rook grabbing Qh5+ Qg6 Qe5+ again, however, the difference is: Black wins a tempo by playing d6 (with Bc8 eying at h3).

A natural talent I'd say, this van der Meulen... (which simply means 'Miller' in old Dutch, lit. 'from the mill').

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