Sunday, 13 January 2008

Reiner-Steinitz, Vienna 1860

This is one of the first games of Steinitz I studied. I like it because I'm weak at calculating variants. While I studied this game, I learned how important the positional game is. Steinitz doesn't castle, but he takes the initiative and he attacks: it seems he doesn't need to calculate because he know the position very well!

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.0-0 d6 6.c3 Bg4 7.Qb3 Bxf3! 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.Bxg8? Rxg8 10.gxf3 g5!! 11.Qe6 Ne5 12.Qf5+ Kg7 13.Kh1 Kh8 14.Rg1 g4! 15.f4! Nf3 16.Rxg4 Qh4! 17.Rg2 Qxh2+! 18.Rxh2 Rg1# 0-1

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