Thursday, 31 January 2008

English - Steinitz, London, 1883

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 [5.Bg5! Marco-Pillsbury, Vienna, 1898 5...f6 6.Bf4 Bb4+ 7.Nbd2 a6 8.Bc4 d6 9.0-0] 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.0-0 Ne7! 9.Qd2 d5! 10.exd5 Nexd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.Be2 Ng4 13.Bxg4 Bxg4 14.Nb3 [14.h3! Bd7 15.Rfd1] 14...Qxd2 15.Nxd2 Rad8 [15...Bxb2? 16.Rab1] 16.c3 Rfe8 17.Nb3 b6 18.h3 Be6 19.Rfd1 c5! the d4 square. Black has two bishop advantage, black control the column d. 20.Bg5 f6! 21.Bf4 Kf7 22.f3 g5! 23.Rxd8? [23.Be3? Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 Bxb3!;23.Bc7™] 23...Rxd8 24.Be3 h6! now black threat the advance of f5-f4! 25.Re1 f5 26.f4 Bf6 27.g3 a5! 28.Nc1 a4 29.a3 Bc4 30.Kf2 gxf4! It's a transformation of advatage. Black should change minor pieces his rook can attack. Bishop and knight are passive pieces, but they control too squares of column d! 31.Bxf4 Bg5! 32.Bxg5 hxg5 33.Ke3 Kf6 34.h4 [34.Rh1 Ke5 35.Kf3 f4 36.-- Rd2] 34...gxh4 35.gxh4 Re8+ 36.Kf2 Rxe1 37.Kxe1 Ke5 38.Ne2 Bxe2! 39.Kxe2 Kf4 40.c4 Kg4 41.Ke3 f4+ 42.Ke4 f3 43.Ke3 Kg3 0-1

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