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What if puzzle Series: Steinitz - Zukertort 1886

What if puzzle Series: Steinitz - Zukertort 1886

introuble2
Jan 28, 2018, 9:01 AM 1

These series represent some chess puzzles inspired from games of chess championship's matches, that could have ended to a different result (not blunders, rather missed opportunities). And therefore the champion's title could be awarded differently. Always in favor of the one who lost the match in the end. Just for fun...

1886  1889

The Steinitz - Zukertort championship match of 1886 took place between Jan 11 and Mar 29 in NY, St Louis and New Orleans. The first who would win 10 games, would be declared world chess champion and take the $4000 of the stakes (equal about to $99500 of 2017).

 

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From British Chess Magazine, Jan 1886, p. 27

 

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From Harper's Weekly, v. 30, Jan 1886, p. 36

 

The match lasted 20 games and in the end Steinitz prevailed with +10=5-5 (pgn of the championship match after the diagrams).

But in games 11 and 17 the result could be different...

11th game. Zukertort has sucrificed his bishop for a pawn on h7 in order to open black's h file, has brought his rook ahead but of course Steinitz saw something so obvious and played 19...f6 so to create room for his king. In the end Steinitz won the game due to this useless sacrifice. But here on 20th move a material equation is possible...

 

17th game. This position is after 20... Rd8 in a game that ended in a draw. But Zukertort here had a chance to achieve a material advantage, that could lead to victory.

  

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New Orleans proved to be a Waterloo for Zukertort (+1=4-6). New York suited better to him (+4=0-1). Here's just one game of Zukertort's wonderful attack combinations...

 
 

download pgn of the championship match of 1886

 

1886  1889

 

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From British Chess Magazine, Feb. 1886, p. 54-55

 

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From Harper's Weekly, v. 30, Jan 1886, p. 39

 

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