12 March 2013

Lessons from Steinitz

Lesson of the Week

The 2013 Washington State Elementary Chess Championship is less than two months away. This event marks the conclusion of the scholastic chess season, although I will offer a chess camp in June as I have for the past six years.

The weekly club lessons this year have come from the games of Akiba Rubinstein, Paul Morphy, Siegbert Tarrasch, and now for the rest of the season, Wilhelm Steinitz. The position this week cropped up in one of my routine training resources. I solved it, and now pass it on to the youth who look to learn from me.

Steinitz,William - Blackburne,Joseph Henry [C77]
London, 17.02.1876

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 Be7 7.h3 0–0 8.Qe2 Ne8 9.g4 b5 10.Bc2 Bb7 11.Nbd2 Qd7 12.Nf1 Nd8 13.Ne3 Ne6 14.Nf5 g6 15.Nxe7+ Qxe7 16.Be3 N8g7 17.0–0–0 c5 18.d4 exd4 19.cxd4 c4 20.d5 Nc7 21.Qd2 a5 22.Bd4 f6 23.Qh6 b4 24.g5 f5 25.Bf6 Qf7 26.exf5 gxf5 27.g6 Qxg6 

White to move

28.Bxg7 Qxh6+

28...Qxg7 29.Rhg1 Rf7 30.Rxg7+ Rxg7 31.Bxf5+-

29.Bxh6 Rf6 30.Rhg1+ Rg6 31.Bxf5 Kf7 32.Bxg6+ hxg6 33.Ng5+ Kg8 34.Rge1 Nxd5 35.Re6 1–0

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