Pillsbury vs Steinitz
[Event "It"] [Site "New York (USA)"] [Round "0"] [White "Pillsbury"] [Black "Steinitz"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D21"] [Opening "QGA: 3.Nf3 e6 4.e3 c5"] {The punishment of a premature attack} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 e6 4. e3 c5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bxc4 Nf6 7. O-O cxd4 8. exd4 Be7 9. Bf4 O-O 10. Rc1 Qb6 11. Nb5 Ne8 {Typical Steinitz. Rather than weaken his pawns he is willing to retreat to the back rank} (11... -- 12. Bc7 Qa6 13. Nd6) (11... Nd5 12. Bxd5 Qxb5 13. Bxc6 bxc6 {weakening his pawns}) 12. Re1 Na5 13. Bd3 Bd7 14. Nc7 Rc8 (14... Nxc7 15. Bxc7 Qb4 16. a3 {loses a piece (removing the guard)}) 15. Nd5 { The point of White's play} 15... exd5 16. Rxe7 {White has obtained two advantages: the Bishop pair and a Rook on the 7th rank. It appears later that neither of these offer any real advantage at all. The Bishops cannot do much for the time being, and the Rook on e7 is in some danger of being cut off with ... Be6. Meanwhile White has to cope with direct attack down the b-file, and on the other flank with a possible attack on his d-pawn with ... Bg4} 16... Nf6 17. Ng5 {eyeing h7 since Nf6 is overloaded with the task of defending the Bishop as well as the h-pawn} (17. Re2 Bg4 18. Rcc2 Rxc2 19. Rxc2 Bxf3 20. gxf3 Nc6 {Black has all the chances}) 17... Bg4 (17... -- 18. Nxh7 Nxh7 19. Rxd7 { overloaded Nf6}) 18. Bxh7+ (18. f3 Qxd4+) (18. Qd2 Rxc1+ 19. Qxc1 Qxd4 { removing the discovered check}) 18... Nxh7 19. Qxg4 Rxc1+ 20. Bxc1 Nf6 21. Qd1 Nc6 22. Re1 Qxd4 {From now on the leading role in the game will be played by Black's isolated by passed d-pawn} 23. Nf3 Qb6 (23... Qxd1 24. Rxd1 Rd8 25. Nd4 {the passed pawn is stopped}) 24. Bg5 $1 Qxb2 25. Re2 (25. Bxf6 gxf6 26. Qxd5 { White should have been content with clearing up the position}) 25... Qb5 $1 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Rd2 Rd8 28. Nh4 {White persists in attacking} (28. Nd4 { More chancees of holding out}) 28... d4 $1 {Because of his superiority in maneuvering space, Black can easily defend his King} 29. Rd3 Ne5 30. Rb3 Qc6 31. Rg3+ Kf8 32. Qd2 Rc8 {Steinitz is not worried about the White attack, which will consist of merely a few checks} 33. Qh6+ Ke7 34. Nf5+ Kd7 35. h4 Qc1+ 36. Qxc1 Rxc1+ 37. Kh2 d3 {The defender should not weaken his position unless absolutely compelled to do so.} 0-1
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OpeningD21 — QGA: 3.Nf3 e6 4.e3 c5
LocationNew York (USA)