Steinitz vs Lasker
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[Event "London"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Steinitz"] [Black "Lasker"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C29"] [Opening "Vienna Gambit: Steinitz Variation"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. d3 { 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 offers better chances to obtain the initiative.} 4... Nc6 5. fxe5 Nxe5 6. d4 Ng6 7. exd5 { 7.e5 Ne4 8.Nxe4 dxe4 9.Bc4 c5 would leave White's center vulnerable to attack.} 7... Nxd5 8. Nxd5 {8.Nf3 is also playable.} 8... Qxd5 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. Be2 O-O-O {Black's lead in development gives him the initiative.} 11. c3 Bd6 12. O-O Rhe8 {Black has an obvious advantage due to his completed development which gives him the advantage in the center and with it the initiative.} 13. h3 Bd7 14. Ng5 {White attempts an attack even though he is out-gunned. A more sensible plan was 14.Bg5. 14.c4 Qe6 15.Bd3 Nf4 would also be better for Black because of his greater development.} 14... Nh4 15. Nf3 {An admission that his previous move was premature. 15.Bf3 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Qxf3 17.Nxf3 Re2 Black has a big lead due to his two bishops and control of White's second rank.} 15... Nxg2 { With Black's huge lead in development this direct attack proves deadly.} 16. Kxg2 Bxh3+ {Black's pieces sweep away the monarch's pawn cover.} 17. Kf2 { 17.Kxh3 Qf5+ 18.Kg2 Qg4+ 19.Kh1 Qh3+ 20.Kg1 Qg3+ 21.Kh1 Re4 22.Bg5 Qh3+ 23. Kg1 f6 leaves Black with a winning attack.} 17... f6 {This excellent quiet move is the key to Black's success. The idea is to keep White's pieces undeveloped by taking away the e5 and g5 squares.} 18. Rg1 g5 19. Bxg5 fxg5 20. Rxg5 Qe6 {Although material is equal Black has a huge advantage because of the exposed White king.} 21. Qd3 Bf4 22. Rh1 {22.Rg7 Be3+ 23.Ke1 Bf5 24.Qb5 Qh6 Wins as Black's queen threatens the rook on g7 and check on h1.} 22... Bxg5 23. Nxg5 Qf6+ {Black has won the exchange while keeping his attack going.} 24. Bf3 Bf5 25. Nxh7 Qg6 26. Qb5 c6 27. Qa5 Re7 28. Rh5 Bg4 29. Rg5 Qc2+ 30. Kg3 Bxf3 { White resigned because of his material loss and exposed king.} 0-1
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Players
WhiteSteinitz
BlackLasker
Game
Moves30
OpeningC29 — Vienna Gambit: Steinitz Variation
Result0-1
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Tournament
TournamentLondon
Location?
Round0