Monday, 28 January 2008

Steinitz- Neumann, Dundee, 1867

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.d4 Qh4+ 5.Ke2 d6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Bxf4 Bxf3+ 8.Kxf3 [8.gxf3!? Qxf4 9.Nd5 Steinitz played this line against Rosenthal in Baden tournament] 8...Nge7 9.Be2 0-0-0 10.Be3 Qf6+ 11.Kg3 d5 12.Bg4+ Kb8 13.e5 Qg6 14.Kf2 h5 [14...Nf5! 15.Re1 Nxe5 16.dxe5 d4 17.Kg1 Bc5!ƒ] 15.Bh3! f6 [15...Nf5? 16.Qd3!] 16.exf6 Qxf6+ 17.Qf3 Qxf3+ 18.gxf3! White fight for e4 square and take the g column. The g7 pawn is weak. 18...g6 19.Ne2! Nf5 20.Bxf5 gxf5 21.c3 Bd6 22.Bf4! dark squares are the principal weaknes of black. 22...Kc8 23.Rhg1 Kd7 24.Rg7+ Ne7 25.Rag1 Ke6 [25...Rhg8 26.Bxd6 cxd6 27.Nf4 what weak is this pawn structure!] 26.Bxd6 Rxd6 27.Nf4+ Kf6 28.Nd3 Rb6 29.b3 Rh6 30.Ne5 Rb5 [30...-- 31.Nd7+;
30...Ke6 31.Ng6! Nxg6 32.R1xg6+ Rxg6 33.Rxg6+ Ke7 34.Rxb6 axb6 35.Kg3] 31.a4 Ra5 [31...Rxb3? 32.Nd7+ Ke6 33.Nc5+] 32.b4 Ra6 33.Nd7+ Ke6 34.Nc5+ 1-0

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