Steinitz vs Chigorin
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[Event "World Championship"] [Site "?"] [Round "4"] [White "Steinitz"] [Black "Chigorin"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Spanish: Berlin, 4.d3 d6"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. c3 g6 {Black decides to fianchetto the dark squared bishop as it would be very passive on e7.} 6. Nbd2 Bg7 7. Nf1 O-O 8. Ba4 {White wishes to keep his light squared bishop to attack the Black king. This is why he brings the bishop a little closer to home before it can be exchanged off.} 8... Nd7 {Black removes his knight from the kingside in order to begin a queenside attack.} 9. Ne3 Nc5 10. Bc2 Ne6 11. h4 {With Black's knight no longer defending the h5 square White starts a kingside attack.} 11... Ne7 12. h5 d5 13. hxg6 fxg6 { 13...hxg6 14.Qe2 Re8 Now there is an escape square at f8.} 14. exd5 Nxd5 15. Nxd5 Qxd5 16. Bb3 {The exchanges have left White with the better position due to Black's worse pawn structure and exposed king.} 16... Qc6 17. Qe2 Bd7 18. Be3 Kh8 19. O-O-O Rae8 20. Qf1 a5 {20...Nf4 21.d4 Be6 22.Bxe6 Rxe6 23. Ng5 Attacking the Black rook and h-pawn would also be good for White.} 21. d4 exd4 22. Nxd4 Bxd4 23. Rxd4 Nxd4 {This leads to a brilliant finish for White. 23... Rf7 Protecting the h-pawn offered more resistance.} 24. Rxh7+ { With this rook sacrifice the Black king is flushed out into the open.} 24... Kxh7 25. Qh1+ Kg7 26. Bh6+ Kf6 27. Qh4+ Ke5 { 27...g5 would allow White a mate in one.} 28. Qxd4+ { Black resigned since after 28...Kf5 White would have mate in one.} 1-0
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Players
WhiteSteinitz
BlackChigorin
Game
Moves28
OpeningC65 — Spanish: Berlin, 4.d3 d6
Result1-0
Date
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Tournament
TournamentWorld Championship
Location?
Round4