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Monday, April 7, 2014

A Nice Win by Chigorin

     In 1890 Chigorin defeated Steinitz twice in a cable match. This game was mirrored in Gunsberg vs. Steinitz match of 1890 in which Steinitz claimed that his defense of the Evan's Gambit could, with best play for white, result in no more than a draw. The game with Gunsburg occurred while this game was adjourned at move 16. Steinitz lost both that game and this one. Steinitz never again played this line, opting for 6...d6, the more commonly accepted move.
     This game is worthy of study because Chigorin demonstrates how to play against an opponent’s cramped position and the way he finished off the game (i.e. winning a won position) is very instructive.

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