The Giuoco Piano is No Quiet Game

billwall
billwall
Jun 23, 2007, 12:00 AM |
15 | Amazing Games

The Giuoco Piano means quiet game.  But in the hands of a strong player, it is not a quiet game.  Here is one of the most famous Giuoco Piano games of all time.  It was played by world champion William Stienitz at the great Hastings 1895 international tournament.  The game won the brilliancy prize.  The final move was such a brutal blow to Curt von Bardeleben, that when he saw the move, he got up and walked out of the tournament hall and let the clock run out (poor sportsmanship).  He even wanted to withdraw from the tournament, but was talked into staying in the event by the organizers.  Meanwhile, Steinitz announced mate in 10 and was showing everyone the forced moves while von Bardeleben walked out.

 

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