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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Rainer
New York (1885), New York, NY USA
Philidor Defense: Philidor Countergambit (C41)  ·  1-0



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Jun-15-08  heuristic: 14.Qxe6+ Be7 15.Qxe7#

13.Rd8+ Kf7 14.Bc4 with a forced mate.

Aug-28-08  sneaky pete: The second game from Semion Defendarow's blind simul, with Otmar Opferaroff playing white, followed this Steinitz game until move 11

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and continued 11... Bg7 12.e7 Qb6 13.0-0-0 Bd7 14.Qxe4 .. (meant as an improvement on 14.Qf4 .. as played in the legendary encounter Attakinski vs Defendarow, 1921) 14... Nf7 15.Bh4 Qc5 16.Bc4 Qf5 17.Rhe1 Bxc3 18.bxc3 Qxe4 19.Rxe4 b5! (if 19... g5 20.Bg3 Rg7 21.Red4 .. white regains the sacrificed piece) 20.Bb3 g5 21.Bg3 Rg7 22.Red4 .. (threat 23.Bxb8 ..) 22... c5 23.Bxf7+ Rxf7 24.Rd5 ..

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24... Rf5 (Tired down from simulating blindfold play, and satisfied that his chess-aesthetic purpose - rehabilitation of this difficult and dangerous opening variation - had at least for the time being been reached, black preferred to voluntarily refrain from the winning attempt 24... Rxe7 25.Rxg5 Be6 etc.) 25.Rxf5 .. (White too didn't want to tempt the gods with 25.Bxb8 Rxd5 26.Rxd5 Rxb8 27.Rxg5 Be6 28.Rxc5 Rb7 etc.) 26.Rd8+ Kxe7 27.Rxb8 Rxb8 28.Bxb8 a6 and because of the opposite coloured bishops a draw was agreed.

Notes (condensed) from Semion Alapin in Kagan's Neueste Schachnachrichten, 1921 # 4.

Apr-12-15  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: Blame it on the Rainer


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