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Eliza Campbell Foot vs Wilhelm Steinitz
"The Game is a Foot!" (game of the day Sep-17-2012)
Correspondence, Blindfold (1893) (blindfold), USA
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Goering Variation (C59)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-01-11  Karpova: C.N. 7158

<On, respectively, pages 277 and 159 ['The Steinitz Papers' (Jefferson, 2002)] Landsberger quoted a letter dated 4 November 1896 from F.J. Lee to Frideswilde Rowland which was given in the Spring 1911 issue of Four Leaved Shamrock with the following addition by Mrs Rowland:

‘During the seclusion at Upper Montclair, Steinitz was playing a correspondence game with his cousin, Miss Eliza Foot, President of the Women’s Chess Association, New York. She sent me a copy of her game with Steinitz wherein he resigned, but Dr Pollock told me afterwards that Steinitz played the game without looking at the board.’>


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  FSR: 15...Rd8 was played in Suetin vs Keres, 1950 (1/2-1/2, 35).
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  FSR: Steinitz got off on the wrong Foot with 20...Qb6?
Sep-17-12  The Last Straw: Sometimes a passed pawn decisdes the whole game, and sometimes an attempted attack can go wrong. Like in this game.
Sep-17-12  The Last Straw: What happens if 53...♘b6 54.♗xe4 fxe4?
Sep-17-12  The Last Straw: First three kibitzes in a row on this game on the day it is GOTD! :-)
Sep-17-12  Abdel Irada: The pun is misleading, meseemeth. "The game" refers to the quarry in a hunt, so I expected Ms Foot to have been the victim, not the victor.
Sep-17-12  Abdel Irada: <The Last Straw: First three kibitzes in a row on this game on the day it is GOTD! :-)>

So, what's better: primacy or recency? :-D

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  kevin86: It looked like black was attacking with several pieces to white's lone pawn.White had the last word however.

It white checks into a hotel,do they bill the Foot or does he foot the bill?

Note:Ex-baseball player Barry Foote actually played with spikes ON.

Sep-17-12  ughaibu: A blindfold correspondence game? Brilliant!
Sep-17-12  eightbyeight: <kevin86> White was a she.
Sep-17-12  Expendable Asset: <She sent me a copy of her game with Steinitz wherein he resigned, but Dr Pollock told me afterwards that Steinitz played the game without looking at the board.’> Steinitz was more than capable of playing high level chess blind-folded in 1893.
Sep-20-12  Lovuschka: Of course Steinitz should have set the trap 52...Ba8 53.Ba4+ Kc8 54.Rc2 e2!?

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and now 55.Kf2 (or even 55.h3) wins, but after a mistake Black could deliver mate. Although, as it is here, in a correspondence game White would see it...

Sep-20-12  Jim Bartle: "The Game is a Foot!"

Too bad he never played John L Watson.

Sep-20-12  tonsillolith: Looks like Steinitz got up on the wrong side of the Foot that morning!
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  OhioChessFan: "Footin' the Bill"
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  MissScarlett: <Leg Ends of Chess>

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