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1866 Anderssen-Steinitz
Championship Match
Researched by Nick Pope

18 July 1866—10 August 1866
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Format: The winner of the first eight games to be declared the victor, draws not counting.
Time Control: 20 moves every 2 hours.
Wager: 200 (100 a side Forster vs Burden)
Purse: 50 of the wager to the winner, 20 club subscription to the loser.
Preliminaries


Anderssen

1866 London, England

Steinitz

Great Chess Match Between Professor Anderssen And Mr. Steinitz.

On Monday evening last a meeting of the leading London chessplayers was held in the rooms temporarily occupied by the Westminster Chess Club, Gordon Hotel, Covent-garden, for the purpose of settling the terms for the contest between Messrs. Anderssen and Steinitz. The chair was taken by Mr. Staunton, and among those assembled, besides the two combatants, were Messrs. Boden, Bird, Burden, McDonnell, De Vere, Hewitt, Russell, and Duffy. The important question of the stakes (100 a side) having been previously disposed of, the attention of the meeting was directed chiefly to the consideration of the number of games to be played, the place of playing, the limitation of time in moving, and the duration of each sitting. These points were severally discussed; and, with more or less unanimity, the following conditions were finally agreed to both by the players of the match and their supporters:—

1. That the player who first scored eight games shall be declared the victor.

2. That the games shall be played alternately at the rooms of the Westminster, the St. George's, and the London Chess Clubs.

(As the whole of the stakes for this match have been subscribed by members of the Westminster Chess Club, this resolution reflects the highest credit upon their liberality, and certainly contrasts most favourably with the exclusive and monopolising spirit which characterises the proceedings of other metropolitan chess Societies.)

3. That the games shall be played in accordance with the rules of Chess ordinarily observed in England.

4. That play shall commence at one o'clock on each appointed day of meeting, and either party being absent for fifteen minutes after that hour shall forfeit a guinea; and, if absent two hours after the appointed time, shall forfeit a game.

5. That each player shall be allowed two hours for each twenty moves, and the time saved by him at one period of the game shall go to his credit at a subsequent period.

6. That the match shall commence on Wednesday, July 18, at the Westminster Chess Club. That the second game shall be played at the St. George's Club, on Friday, the 20th inst.; and the third at the London Chess Club, on Saturday, the 21st. The remaining games to be played, one at each sitting, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until the match is finished.

7. That each game shall be played out at one sitting, unless, at the expiration of eight hours, both players agree to adjourn to the morrow. After four hours' sitting, however, each player shall have the right to take a quarter of an hour for rest and refreshment.

In accordance with the foregoing stipulations, the first game was played at the Westminster Chess Club on Wednesday, and, after a sitting of about six hours, was won by Mr. Anderssen.

Match At Chess Between Herren Anderssen And Steinitz.

The history of this match, the most interesting which has taken place in London for some years past, is as follows: About a month or more ago a discussion arose in the course of a casual conversation amongst several metropolitan amateurs as to the relative merits and powers in play of the leading continental masters, especially Herr Anderssen and Herr Steinitz. As some difference of opinion existed, one amateur (Mr Forster) very spiritedly proposed to bring the matter to a test by stating that he was willing to back Mr Steinitz for the sum of 100 in a match. This proposal was at once taken up by Mr Burden, who was joined in his wager by about half a dozen other gentlemen, so that there was speedily subscribed another 100, waged on each side (between Mr Forster and Mr Burden and Co.) the sum of 50 should be proffered to the winner of a short match, if Herr Anderssen would come over and play with Herr Steinitz in London. On being written to by Herr Steinitz, however, Anderssen naturally declined to undertake a long and costly journey unless he were guaranteed 20 towards his expenses in case he ultimately came off loser of the match.

On this being represented to Mr Burden and Mr Forster they declined to be responsible for the extra amount, and the match might have hung fire for a short space* had not the members of the London Chess Club, on being spoken to as to the state of affairs, immediately offered to subscribe 10 of the required 20, proposing that the St. George's Chess Club should find the other 10, and that in return the games of the match should be played at these two clubs alternately. Mr Medley, the active and zealous secretary of the London Club, whose exertions have promoted many an exciting chessboard battle, at once gave his guarantee for the money due from the members of that circle, and Mr Forster and Mr Burden agreed to the condition proposed. Pending these arrangements, however, and ere Mr Anderssen arrived, the Westminster Chess Club was organised; and as Mr Forster and all the backers of Herr Anderssen had become members of it, this society considered it only due to their club that a portion of this attractive match should take place in their rooms. A proposal for this re-arrangement was made to the London Chess Club, and was received in the most fair and gentlemanly spirit, that circle of amateurs at once agreeing to waive the previous agreement, if the Westminster Club would take their share in the payment of the 20 expenses. It was then agreed on all sides that each of the three clubs would find a third part of the 20, that this 20 should in any case be given tot he loser of the match, and that the games should be played alternately at the Westminster Chess Club, the London, and the St. George's.

Mr Anderssen had now arrived in town, and all that remained to be done was to arrange the terms of the match, which was presently accomplished at a meeting of the promoters of the match and their representatives, held at the Westminster Club's rooms, at the Gordon Tavern, Covent-garden, Mr Staunton in the chair. The terms decided were briefly these: That the winner of the first eight games should be declared victor, and entitled to the sum of 50; that the loser should be entitled to 20; that in case of any dispute, the Earl of Dartrey, known to all chess players as Lord Cremorne, be appealed to as final umpire; that all members of the London, the St. George's, and the Westminster Chess Clubs have free admission throughout to see the play, as also the members of the British Chess Association; that the games are the property of any on-looker who chooses to record them; that the games be played according to the set of rules preferred by the players; and that the games, four per week, and always commencing at one o'clock in the day, be played at the three clubs in rotation, in the order which we have already indicated, and which order was justly decided by the casting of lots.

* We say only for the moment, because we understand that as soon as the project reached Mr Staunton's ears he offered to guarantee the 20 himself.
London Field, 1866.07.21

M. P.—The old institution of "seconds" has not been forgotten in the match now pending. At the request of the players, Mr. Staunton and Mr. Hewitt consented to officiate for Anderssen, and Mr. Boden and Mr. Strode for Steinitz. The Earl of Dartrey, too, very kindly accepted the post of umpire in the contest.
Illustrated London News, 1866.08.04, p123

Game 1: Wednesday, July 18, 1866.

We give the first game in the match between Anderssen and Steinitz.

Date: 1866.07.18
Site: ENG London (Westminster Chess Club)
Event: Game 1
White: Anderssen,A
Black: Steinitz,W
Opening: [C51] Evans
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4
Era: It augurs somewhat of rashness on the part of Mr. Anderssen, we think, to risk the Evans Gambit in a match game, although in the present instance the venture was successful.
4...Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.0-0 d6 7.d4 exd4
Pope: Bell's Life in London gives the following sequence 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 d6.
8.cxd4 Bb6 9.d5 Na5 10.Bb2 Ne7 11.Bd3 0-0 12.Nc3
Era: Up to this point the moves made are usually regarded as the best in this form of the opening.
12...c6
Field: A new move at the present moment, we believe.
Era: This we consider inferior to the orthodox move 12...c5. Black's 13th move is also of questionable soundness. The f-pawn can seldom be advanced with safety before the king is moved to h8.
13.Ne2 f5 14.Rc1 fxe4 15.Bxe4 Bf5 16.Bxf5 Rxf5 17.dxc6 bxc6
Field: We should rather have taken with knight.
Era: Better, probably, to have retaken 17...Naxc6.
18.Ned4 Rf6 19.Nxc6
Field: This is beautifully played; he wins back the piece and exchange sacrificed, together with a pawn.
Era: If the black king had been on h8, this fine combination could not have been made.
19...Nexc6 20.Bxf6 Qxf6 21.Rxc6 Nxc6 22.Qd5+ Qf7 23.Qxc6 Rd8 24.a4 d5 25.Rd1 d4 26.Rd3 Qf5 27.Qc4+ Kh8 28.h3 Rc8 29.Qb3 h6 30.g4 Qf6 31.Qd5 Rc3 32.Ne5 Rc5
Field: One of the terms of play was that each player be bound to make twenty moves in two hours; and as, at this juncture, Mr. Anderssen had twice as much time to spare as Mr. Steinitz had, it had certainly been the latter's wisest plan to play fo a draw by simply taking 32...Rxe3.
Era: Black should rather have exchanged rooks.
33.Qa8+ Kh7 34.Qe4+ Kg8 35.Ng6 Rc3
Field: Unfortunately overlooking the hideous threat contained in Anderssen's last move.
36.Qe8+ 1-0
London Field, 1866.07.21

Game 2: Friday, July 20, 1866.

Date: 1866.07.20
Site: ENG London (St. George's Chess Club)
Event: Game 2
White: Steinitz,W
Black: Anderssen,A
Opening: [C37] King's Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4
Field: A most uncomfortable dbut to adopt, this.
5.Ne5
Era: It is rare indeed to find the Salvio Gambit played in a match game. The latest example of it we can call to mind is a game between Loewenthal and Hampe, published in the Chess Players' Chronicle for 1852. There also the attack proved successful, although the opening is generally considered to be in favour of the second player. Hence the dbut is rarely adopted, the first player usually preferring the formidable and tenacious attack of the Muzio Gambit.
5...Qh4+ 6.Kf1 Nh6 7.d4 d6 8.Nd3 f3 9.g3 Qh3+
Field: Losing time, as it is clear the queen cannot afterwards go to g2 without being lost, as White replies with 11.Nf2, and then comes 12.Bf1.
Era: A slip which involves the ultimate loss of the game. Mr. Anderssen was probably led into the error by recollecting that in some other variations of this gambit checking with the queen is the correct play.
10.Ke1 Qh5
Era: These is no better move to save the queen.
11.Nc3
Era: 11.Nf4 is also promising.
11...c6 12.Bd2 Qg6 13.Nf4 Qf6 14.Be3 Nd7 15.Kf2 Ng8 16.e5 Qe7 17.e6 fxe6 18.Nxe6 Ndf6 19.Bf4 Bxe6 20.Bxe6 Kd8 21.Re1
Field: White has now an overwhelming superiority in position.
21...Qg7 22.d5 c5 23.Nb5 Ne8 24.Qd2 Ngf6 25.Qa5+ b6 26.Qa4 Qb7 27.Bg5 Be7 28.Bf7 Qd7
Era: To save the g-pawn, and also with a view to advancing pawn to a6.
29.Bxe8 Rxe8 30.Re6 a6 31.Rae1
Era: This coup is decisive, and leaves Black altogether without resource.
31...Qxb5 32.Qxb5 axb5 33.Bxf6 Ra7 34.Rxd6+ Rd7 35.Rde6 Bxf6 36.Rxe8+ Kc7 37.R8e6 Bxb2 38.Re7 Bd4+ 39.Kf1 Rxe7 40.Rxe7+ Kd6 41.Rxh7 Kxd5 42.Rh4 Kc4 43.Rxg4 Kc3 44.h4 Kxc2 45.h5 Be3 46.Rf4 c4 47.h6 Bxf4 48.gxf4 c3 49.h7 Kb1 50.h8Q c2 51.Qh7 Kb2 52.Qg7+ Kxa2 53.Qc3 Kb1 54.Qb3+ Kc1 55.f5 (...) 1-0
London Field, 1866.07.28

Game 3: Saturday, July 21, 1866.

Date: 1866.07.21
Site: ENG London (London Chess Club)
Event: Game 3
White: Anderssen,A
Black: Steinitz,W
Opening: [C51] Evans
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4
Field: We should not have recommended the risk of sacrificing a pawn in games of a short match.
4...Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 d3
Era: This defence is decidedly inferior to that springing from 7...d6.
8.Qxd3
Field: Better, we believe, to play 8.Ng5 here.
News: This is far less attacking than the ordinary move of 8.Ng5, a move repeatedly played by Mr. Anderssen himself formerly with good results.
Era: Not nearly so strong as 8.Qb3. Curiously enough, so far as our memory serves us, Mr. Anderssen himself published in the Berliner Schachzeitung of 1851 an elaborate analysis demonstrating the inferiority of the move in the text.
8...d6 9.Bg5 Nge7 10.Nbd2 h6 11.Bh4 0-0 12.Nb3 Bb6 13.h3 Be6 14.Rad1 Qd7 15.Bd5
News: The play of Mr. Anderssen in this match, so far as it has proceeded, though careful, and for the most part judicious, is sadly deficient in the vigour and decision so conspicuous in his best games formerly.
15...Ng6 16.Bg3 Rae8 17.c4 Bxd5 18.exd5 Nce5 19.Nxe5 Nxe5 20.Qc3
Era: Threatening to win a piece by the advance of the c-pawn.
20...Ng6 21.c5 dxc5 22.Nxc5 Qf5 23.Nxb7 Re2 24.d6 cxd6 25.Nxd6 Qe6 26.a4 Bd8 27.Qc5
Era: In manuvring to gain the pawn on his extreme left, White loses valuable time and position. It must be admitted, however, that just at this point the game assumes an extremely critical form.
27...f5
Field: From this point to the end Mr. Steinitz plays with great spirit and accuracy.
News: This game is admirably played by Mr. Steinitz throughout; but in the latter part of it he exhibits a power of combination and a fertility of resource which his most ardent supporters had not supposed him to possess.
Era: The best and promptest way of meeting his opponent's false attack.
28.Qxa7
Era: It is evident that he could not have taken 28.Nxf5, on account of the simple reply, 28...Bb6.
28...f4
News: The advance of the pawn and the consequent exclusion of Black's bishop from the action are in marked degree advantageous to White's position. From this moment, indeed, his game is incontestably superior to Mr. Anderssen's.
29.Bh2 Nh4 30.Qb7 Qg6
News: Black made a gallant fight for many an hour after his opponent took up this formidable position, but it was plain to everybody that from this point, barring some slip, Mr. Steinitz must win.
31.Rd4
News: Worse than useless.
Era: 31.Qd5+ would have given White some resources. The move made only increases his difficulties.
31...Bb6 32.Rdd1 Re6 33.a5 Bc5 34.a6 Re7
Era: A much safer mode of prosecuting the attack than the capture of the knight would be.
35.Qd5+ Kh8 36.a7
Era: To save the knight. Had he played 36.Nb7, Black might have replied with 36...Rd7, and the white queen could not have been removed to any square on which she would have been safe herself, and the threatened mate also averted. The finest part of this game is Black's continually skillful attack on the knight, coupled with his forbearance from taking it inopportunely.
36...Bxa7 37.Rfe1 Rxe1+ 38.Rxe1 Kh7 39.Qe4 Rf6 40.Nb5 Re6 41.Qxg6+ Rxg6 42.Nxa7 Rxg2+ 43.Kh1 Rxh2+ 44.Kxh2 Nf3+ 45.Kg2 Nxe1+ 46.Kf1 Nd3 47.Nc6 Kg6 48.Ke2 Nc5 49.Kf3 Ne6 50.Ne5+
Field: Moves 50.Ne5+ and 52.Ne1, we believe, are bad; but for them, indeed, we doubt whether Mr. Anderssen might not have drawn the game.
50...Kf5 51.Nd3
Era: It was afterwards suggested that Mr. Anderssen would have had a better chance of drawing the game if he had now moved 51.Nc4.
51...g6 52.Ne1 Nd4+ 53.Kg2 Ke4 54.Kf1 f3 55.Kg1 g5 56.Kh2 h5 57.Kg3 Nf5+ 58.Kh2 g4 59.hxg4 hxg4 60.Kg1 Kd4 61.Nc2+ Kd3
Field: Had Black played on the king to e2, White could have drawn the game, as he probably anticipated when he moved 62.Na3.
62.Na3
Era: This, of course, loses the game; 62.Nb4+ would have given him a chance to draw.
62...g3 63.Nb5 g2 0-1
London Field, 1866.07.28

Game 4: Wednesday, July 23, 1866.

Date: 1866.07.23
Site: ENG London (Westminster Chess Club)
Event: Game 4
White: Steinitz,W
Black: Anderssen,A
Opening: [C37] King's Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4
Era: Mr. Anderssen seems partial to this somewhat hazardous opening. 4...Bg7 is generally thought safer than advancing the pawn.
5.Ne5
Era: It would seem that Mr. Steinitz, unlike most players, prefers the Salvio to the Muzio Gambit.
5...Qh4+ 6.Kf1 Nh6
News: The move recommended by the best authorities is 6...f3.
7.d4 d6 8.Nd3 f3 9.g3 Qe7
Era: This is the best move, and the position is generally considered favourable to Black.
10.Nf2
News: This move is somewhat unusual, but it is by means a bad one.
Era: We believe this move is an invention of Mr. Steinitz. To us it seems hardly so strong as the usual move, 10.Kf2.
10...Be6 11.Na3 Bxc4+ 12.Nxc4 Qe6 13.d5 Qg6 14.h3 Nd7 15.Bxh6 Bxh6 16.hxg4 b5 17.Na3 Ne5
News: We should have preferred playing 17...a6, for the purpose of confining the adverse queen's knight.
18.Nxb5 Rb8 19.Nd4 Be3 20.Nxf3
Field: In several games of this match Herr Anderssen's play has been marked by a singular absence of that caution which usually characterises match play.
20...Qf6 21.Kg2 Bxf2
Era: Black should rather, perhaps, have taken the other knight, then exchanged all the other pieces except the rooks, and finally captured b-pawn with his rook.
22.Nxe5
News: Much better than taking the bishop.
22...Bxg3
News: An error, we think.
Era: 22...Qxe5 seems preferable.
23.Nd3 Bh4 24.Qe2 Qe7 25.Raf1 Bg5 26.Rf5 f6 27.Rhf1 0-0 28.b3 Rbe8 29.Re1 Kh8 30.Nf2 Bh4 31.Rh5 Bxf2 32.Qxf2 Rg8 33.Qf5
News: The attack is fast becoming irresistible.
33...Rg7
Field: Better to have taken 33...Rxg4+, and given up the two rooks for the queen, the probabe result of which would have been a draw.
34.Rh6 Reg8 35.Reh1
Field: Forcing the game, and very well played indeed.
35...Rxg4+ 36.Kf3 Rg3+ 37.Ke2 R3g7 38.Rxf6 Rg2+ 39.Kd3 R8g3+ 40.Kc4 Re3 41.Rf8+ Rg8 42.Rxg8+ Kxg8 43.Rg1+ 1-0
London Field, 1866.08.04

Match Between Herren Anderssen And Steinitz.

After losing the first game of this contest, given in our last, Mr Steinitz made a tremendous "spurt," and scored the next three games, all in succession. [...] The present state of the score gives to Mr A. 1, Mr S. 3, with no drawn games.
London Field, 1866.07.28

Game 5: Wednesday, July 25, 1866.

Date: 1866.07.25
Site: ENG London (St. George's Chess Club)
Event: Game 5
White: Anderssen,A
Black: Steinitz,W
Opening: [C51] Evans
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4
Era: Mr. Anderssen seems to have a strong partiality for the Evans attack, having adopted it in three successive games.
4...Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.0-0 d6 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.d5 Na5 10.Bb2 Ne7 11.Bd3 0-0 12.Nc3 c6
News: The usual course is to advance 12...c5; but the move in the text, followed by 13...f5, is thought by Mr. Steinitz to strengthen the second player's game.
Era: As we have before remarked, we prefer 12...c5 at this point.
13.Qd2
Era: In the first game Mr. Anderssen played 13.Ne2.
13...f5 14.Rae1 fxe4 15.Nxe4
Era: This fine combination was, doubtless, planned with a view of winning Black's queen, and ought, we believe, to have given White the victory.
15...Nxd5 16.Neg5 h6 17.Ne6
News: Some beautiful combinations spring from White's checking with the bishop at h7 now; but they are very intricate, and, upon the whole, we think the line of play adopted by Mr. Anderssen was the safer.
17...Bxe6 18.Rxe6 Qd7 19.Rg6 Nf4
News: If 19...Nf6, or 19...Rf7, then followed, 20.Qxh6, etc.
Era: The only move to save the game.
20.Rxg7+ Qxg7 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Nh4
Era: 22.Bb1 is also a good move here.
22...Nxd3 23.Qxd3 Rf6 24.Nf5+ Kf8 25.Qh3 Re8 26.Qg4 Ree6
Field: Herr Steinitz plays all this extremely well, even to the very end which is highly instructive.
27.Qg7+ Ke8 28.g4 d5
Era: Black's only chance evidently rests on the advance of this important pawn.
29.Kg2 Nc4 30.Qxb7 Re2 31.Qg7 Rfe6 32.h4
News: Would not the playing 32.Qc3 have been a stronger move?
32...d4 33.Qg8+ Kd7 34.Qf7+ Kc8 35.Ng7 Ne3+ 36.Kg1
Era: 36.Kf3 would, apparently, leave Black without resource.
36...Re4 37.f3
Era: If White had taken the knight in this position, Black must have drawn the game by perpetual check.
37...d3
News: The termination of this game is beautifully played by Mr. Steinitz.
38.fxe4
Era: White should have played 38.Qg8+ before taking the rook.
38...Nxg4+ 39.Rf2
Field: If 39.Kh1 he is neatly mated at once.
39...Bxf2+ 40.Kh1
Era: This is manifestly fatal; the king should have gone to g2.
40...Re1+ 41.Kg2 Rg1+ 42.Kf3 Ne5+ 43.Kxf2 Nxf7 0-1
Era: Mr. Steinitz plays this game throughout extremely well; showing great resource under difficulties, as well as uncommon patience and steadiness of play.
London Field, 1866.08.04

Match Between Anderssen and Steinitz.—On Thursday five games in all had been played in this match, of which Anderssen won the first and lost the remaining four. This result is highly favourable to his youthful antagonist. The player who first scores eight won games carries off the laurel of victory, and the minor stake of the 500 [sic; 50] for which the match is played. Particular interest is naturally felt for Steinitz, he being permanently located here, while our old friend Anderssen has so many times come over and defeated every player we could ever match him with, except Paul Morphy, that he may well afford for once to strike his flag, should such be the result, without a blemish on his shield. The time for each move being limited, according to the excellent plan introduced by the London Chess Club, is slightly in favour of Anderssen, as Steinitz, when unlimited, is a very slow player. The fives games played are all of first-rate character and brilliancy. All credit is due to the British Chess Association, who got up the match and furnished the cash at stake.

Game 6: Friday, July 27, 1866.

Date: 1866.07.27
Site: ENG London (London Chess Club)
Event: Game 6
White: Steinitz,W
Black: Anderssen,A
Opening: [B20] Sicilian
1.e4 c5 2.g3
Era: This move was first adopted, we believe, by Mr. Paulsen. It is hardly so good as 2.Nf3.
2...Nc6 3.Bg2 e5
Era: 3...e6 seems safer play.
4.Ne2 Nf6
Pope: The Field gives the following sequence: 4...d6 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Nbc3 Be7 7.Nd5 h5 8.h3 Bd7 9.f4
5.Nbc3 d6 6.0-0 Be7 7.f4 h5
News: A very unexpected course of action.
Era: When the adversary has castled after moving his g-pawn, this move can generally be made with advantage.
8.h3 Bd7 9.Nd5 Qc8 10.Nxf6+ Bxf6 11.f5 Ne7 12.c4 Qd8 13.Nc3 Bc6 14.d3 Qd7 15.a3 a5 16.b3 b5 17.Bd2 b4 18.axb4 cxb4 19.Na4 Bxa4 20.Rxa4 Nc6 21.Be3 Rc8 22.Qd2 Bd8 23.d4 Bb6
News: From this moment, move by move, Mr. Anderssen improves the advantage of position he has acquired.
24.d5 Qa7 25.Bxb6 Qxb6+ 26.Kh1 Nd8
News: This retrograde movement was indispensable. If Black had played 26...Nd4, a very natural step to make, he would probably have lost the game. For suppose—26...Nd4 27.Qa2 Ra8 28.Ra1 and White will win the a-pawn, and have by far the better position.
27.Qg5
Field: This raid on White's part does not turn out so promising as it seemed; in fact, from it Black skilfully extracts means to raise the scale in his own favour on the other side.
27...Kf8 28.f6 g6 29.h4 Nb7 30.Bh3 Rd8 31.Ra2
News: It is worth consideration whether the bishop could have been advantageously played to f5 at this moment.
31...Ke8 32.Rd1
News: Fearing 32...Qd4, we suppose.
32...Ra8 33.Qd2 Nc5 34.Qe3 Kd8 35.Be6
News: Ingenious, but unavailing, as a player of Anderssen's foresight was sure not to be caught by so palpable a device.
Era: Ingenious, but unavailing, since Black is not compelled to take the bishop.
35...Qb7 36.Kg1 a4 37.bxa4 b3 38.Raa1 b2 39.Rab1 Rxa4 40.Bh3 Kc7 41.Bf1 Rha8 42.Rd2 Rb4 43.Kh2 Ra1 44.Rdd1 Rb3 45.Qh6 Rxb1 46.Rxb1 Qb4 47.Qf8 Qd2+
Pope: The Field omits 47...Qd2+ 48.Bg2 and gives 47...Qc3.
48.Bg2 Qd3
Era: The concluding moves are finely played by Mr. Anderssen, and the game altogether is one of the best in the match.
49.Qxf7+ Nd7 50.c5 Qxg3+ 51.Kg1 Rc3
Field: The close of this game is played by Herr Anderssen in surpassingly fine style.
News: All this portion of the game is played in masterly style by Mr. Anderssen.
52.cxd6+ Kb6 53.Rxb2+ Kc5 54.Rb1 Rc2 55.Rb5+ Kc4 0-1
London Field, 1866.08.11

Game 7: Saturday, July 28, 1866.

Date: 1866.07.28
Site: ENG London (Westminster Chess Club)
Event: Game 7
White: Anderssen,A
Black: Steinitz,W
Opening: [C51] Evans
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.0-0 d6 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.d5 Na5 10.Bb2 Ne7 11.Bd3 Ng6
Pope: The Field gives the following sequence: 11...0-0 12.Nc3 Ng6 13.Qd2 Bd7 14.Ne2 c5.
12.Nc3 0-0 13.Qd2 Bd7 14.Ne2 c5 15.Ng3 Bc7
Era: A strange mistake in a player so well acquainted with the openings as Mr. Steinitz. 15...f6, as recommended by Mr. Paulsen, is absolutely essential at this point, to prevent the advantageous sacrifice of White's bishop.
16.Bxg7
Field: Mr. Anderssen here catches his opponent in a trap which was familiar enough to the former, but of which Mr. Steinitz knew nothing.
News: The combination upon which this move depends is a very fine one, and was first invented, we believe, by Mr. Anderssen.
Era: This capture can evidently be effected with perfect impunity.
16...f6
Field: If 16...Kxg7, White plays 17.Nh5+, and then follows 18.Qh6 and 19.Ng5, winning black's queen for two minor pieces.
News: Curiously enough, he had no better resource than this poor one. If he had taken the bishop, sure and swift destruction would have followed. Thus:—16...Kxg7 17.Nh5+ Kh8 (best) 18.Qh6 Rg8 19.Ng5 and Black is lost. On the other hand, if he try to avoid the loss of the exchange, he only escapes Scylla to plunge into Charybdis. For, suppose—16...Re8 17.Qh6 f6 18.e5 and again Black is hopelessly wrecked, do what he can.
Era: There is no better resource, bad as this is.
17.Bxf8 Qxf8 18.Rac1 b5 19.Nf5 Nb7 20.Kh1 a5 21.g4 c4 22.g5 Re8 23.gxf6 Qxf6 24.Ng5 Ne5 25.Bb1 Nc5 26.Rg1 Kh8 27.Qc3 Bxf5 28.exf5 b4 29.Qg3
News: The termination of this game is very elegantly managed by Mr. Anderssen.
Era: Mr. Anderssen plays the final moves with his usual brilliancy in brining a won game to a conclusion.
29...Bd8 30.Nxh7
Field: All the termination is conducted in Anderssen's usual masterly mode of consummating an attack.
30...Qf7
News: Had he taken the knight he would have been mated very speedily—ex. gr., 30...Kxh7 31.Qh3+ Qh6 (or 31...Qh4) 32.f6+, and wins.
31.f6 Qxd5+ 32.Rg2 Rg8 33.Ng5 Bxf6 34.Nf7+ 1-0
London Field, 1866.08.11

Game 8: Monday, July 30, 1866.

Date: 1866.07.30
Site: ENG London (St. George's Chess Club)
Event: Game 8
White: Steinitz,W
Black: Anderssen,A
Opening: [C37] King's Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.Ne5 Qh4+ 6.Kf1 Nh6 7.d4 d6 8.Nd3 f3 9.g3 Qe7 10.Nc3 Be6 11.d5
Era: From this point we prefer White's game. Black's pieces are grievously cramped, and his one dead pawn is a poor equivalent for the attack of his adversary.
11...Bc8 12.e5
Era: In this, as in the previous game, Mr. Steinitz plays much below his strength. The combination depending on this move is quite unsound.
12...dxe5 13.Nxe5
News: Mr. Steinitz appears to have been too liberal here. The sacrifice of a piece was not justified by any subsequent advantage of position or attack.
13...Qxe5 14.Bf4 Qg7 15.Nb5 Bd6 16.Qe1+ Kd8 17.Bxd6 cxd6 18.Qb4 Nf5 19.Bd3 Na6 20.Qa3 Nc5 21.Bxf5
News: An excellent move excellently followed up, threatening to win immediately by 22...Qd2, and ultimately by 22...Qh3+.
21...Qh6
Field: A beautiful combination by which Black wins the game off-hand.
Era: An excellent stroke of play, which leaves White without any good reply.
22.Bd3 Re8 23.h4 Qd2 24.Rg1 Re2 0-1
London Field, 1866.08.11

The Anderssen-Steinitz Match.—Since our last report Mr. Anderssen, after losing four games in succession, has recovered a portion of his ancient vigour; and, by winning the three last games, has placed himself once more breast to breast with his gallant little foe. The score, as we write, stands:—Anderssen, 4; Steinitz, 4; Drawn, 0.

Game 9: Wednesday, August 1, 1866.

Date: 1866.08.01
Site: ENG London (London Chess Club)
Event: Game 9
White: Anderssen,A
Black: Steinitz,W
Opening: [C51] Evans
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.0-0 d6 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.d5 Na5 10.Bd3 Ne7 11.Bb2 0-0 12.Nc3 Ng6 13.Ne2 c5 14.Qd2 Bc7 15.Rac1 Rb8 16.Ng3 f6
News: Having a vivid recollection of Mr. Anderssen's killing capture of the g-pawn in the seventh game.
17.Nf5 b5 18.Kh1 b4 19.Rg1 Bxf5 20.exf5 Ne5 21.Bxe5 fxe5 22.Ng5 Qd7 23.Ne6 Rfc8 24.g4 b3 25.g5 bxa2 26.g6
Field: This game forms the finest example of Herr Anderssen's attacking strategy which occurs in the whole match.
News: How fine all this is! Certes, if Mr. Anderssen had played all his games in the style of the present one, he would have made short work of the match.
26...Nb3 27.gxh7+ Kh8 28.Qg5 Bd8
News: Mr. Steinitz defends himself valiantly in this strait, but the onslaught bears down all opposition.
29.Nxd8 Nxc1
News: If 29...Rxd8, still forward goes that murderous pawn.
30.f6 Rc7 31.f7 Qxf7 32.Nxf7+ Rxf7 33.Rxc1 Rxf2 34.Qe7 Rbf8 35.Qxa7 R8f7 36.Qb8+ Rf8 37.Qxd6 e4 38.Bxe4 c4
News: No advantage would have accrued to him through checking with the rooks.
39.Qe5 c3 40.Rg1 R2f7 41.Qxc3 Rf6 42.d6 1-0
London Field, 1866.08.18

Anderssen And Steinitz.—Since our last notice of this interesting match things have taken a turn, and Anderssen has won five games to four. Whether he held Steinitz a little too cheap, or whether the energies of the latter relaxed, such is the result of matters at present. We had the pleasure of seeing the ninth game played on Wednesday at the London Club, Cornhill, and the victory was gained by Anderssen in the most masterly style. He seemed to have fully appreciated the force of the young Austrian, and played in his very best form. The opening was the Evans Gambit, against which attack we reluctantly begin to admit a complete defence has yet to be discovered. In playing the attack Anderssen makes a long waiting game, bringing his Queen's Knight over to the King's side, and opening a fearful battery with King's Rook; while second player is choked up on his Queen's side, and virtually contends with at least two pieces off the field. They play a game on Monday at the New Westminster Club, at their temporary place of meeting, Gordon's Hotel, Covent-garden.

Match Between Herren Anderssen And Steinitz.

Within the last week the tide of success has again turned; and, after losing four games running, Mr Anderssen appears to have "warmed to his work," for he then gained four consecutive games, and the score, as we write, gives to Mr A. five and to Mr S. four. No draws.
London Field, 1866.08.04

Game 10: Friday, August 3, 1866.

Date: 1866.08.03
Site: ENG London (Westminster Chess Club)
Event: Game 10
White: Steinitz,W
Black: Anderssen,A
Opening: [C37] King's Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.Ne5 Qh4+ 6.Kf1 Nh6 7.d4 d6 8.Nd3 f3 9.g3 Qe7 10.Nc3 Be6 11.Bb3 Bg7 12.Be3 Bxb3 13.axb3 c6 14.Qd2 Ng8 15.e5 d5 16.Bg5 Qe6 17.Na4 Na6 18.Nac5 Nxc5 19.Nxc5 Qg6 20.Nxb7 Nh6 21.Nd6+ Kd7 22.h3 f6 23.exf6 Bf8 24.Nb7 Nf5 25.Bf4 gxh3 26.Kf2 Qxf6 27.Be5 Qg6 28.Rxh3 Bh6 29.Nc5+ Ke8 30.Rxh6 Nxh6 31.Bxh8 Kf7 32.Be5
Field: Herr Steinitz takes advantage of teh way in which his adversary plays the openings extremely cleverly; he gets a won game early, and keeps it.
32...Qh5 33.Qf4+ Kg8 34.Rh1 Ng4+ 35.Kg1 Qg6 37.Nd7 Re8 38.Qxg4 1-0
London Field, 1866.08.18

Game 11: Saturday, August 4, 1866.

Date: 1866.08.04
Site: ENG London (St. George's Chess Club)
Event: Game 11
White: Anderssen,A
Black: Steinitz,W
Opening: [C51] Evans
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.0-0 d6 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.d5 Na5 10.Bb2
News: Satis superque of the Evans's Gambit for one short match. It is to be regretted, indeed, in the interests of chess that Messrs. Anderssen and Steinitz have not favoured us with a little more variety in the openings of their games. Partridge is a dainty dish, yet perdrix toujours will produce the disgust of satiety.
10...Ne7 11.Bd3 0-0 12.Nc3 c6 13.Qd2 cxd5
Field: The best move for the defence, Herr Steinitz thinks.
14.Nxd5
News: It is not easy to determine whether this or 14.exd5 is the more advisable course, but we incline to prefer the latter.
14...Ng6 15.Nxb6
News: A mistake, apparently. The bishop was incapable of mischief in the position he occupied; so, in exchanging pieces, White sacrificed an officer in full play for one comparatively inactive. What he should have done, it strikes us, was to play 15.Nf4, threatening Bxg7.
15...Qxb6 16.Rab1 Qd8 17.Nd4 Ne5 18.Ba1
News: Fearing Black would play 18...Nac4. We believe, however, the most embarrassing move for White to have made was 18.Qc3.
18...Nxd3 19.Qxd3 Nc6 20.Nb5 Qe7 21.Nxd6 Rd8 22.Qg3 f6 23.Rbd1 Be6 24.Rfe1
News: A miscalculation, Mr. Anderssen evidently considering that he could follow this move with 25.e5 if Black took the a-pawn.
24...Bxa2 25.Nf5
News: If he had now advanced his e-pawn, a move he purposed when he played 24.Rfe1, it would have cost him another pawn, at least.
25...Qf8 26.Nd6
Field: 26.Bb2, and then to 27.Ba3, seems to give White a far better chance of the game, as was first observed by Mr. M'Donnell.
News: It was suggested by a looker-on, the Rev. G. Macdonnell that Mr. Anderssen might now have occasioned his adversary some trouble by playing 26.Bb2, threatening, next move, to play 27.Ba3. The idea is certainly ingenious; but it does not practically come to much, we believe, if Black answer with 26...Kh8.
26...Rd7 27.Rd2 Rad8 28.Red1 Be6 29.h4 a5 30.Bc3 a4 31.Rd3 a3 32.h5 h6 33.R3d2 a2 34.Bb2 Ne5 35.Ba3 Rxd6 36.Bxd6 Rxd6 37.Rxd6 Qxd6 38.Rc1 Qd4 39.Qa3 Ng4 40.Rf1 Nxf2 41.Kh2 Ng4+ 42.Kh1 Qe5 43.g3 Qxh5+ 0-1
London Field, 1866.08.18 (ends 43.g3)

Game 12: Monday, August 6, 1866.

Date: 1866.08.06
Site: ENG London (London Chess Club)
Event: Game 12
White: Steinitz,W
Black: Anderssen,A
Opening: [B20] Sicilian
1.e4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 e5 4.Ne2 d6 5.0-0 Nf6 6.c3 Qc7 7.d4 Bd7 8.Na3 a6 9.Nc2 Qc8 10.Ne3 Be7 11.Nd5 Bd8 12.dxc5 dxc5 13.Bg5 Nxd5 14.Bxd8 Nxc3 15.Nxc3 Qxd8 16.Qd6 Qe7 17.Qc7 0-0 18.Nd5 Qd8 19.Qxb7 Rb8 20.Qxa6 Rxb2 21.Qc4 Qa5 22.Rfc1 Ra8 23.Qxc5 Qxc5 24.Rxc5 Nd4 25.Rc7 Be6 26.a4 h6 27.h3 Ra5 28.Ra3 Kh8 29.Ra1 Kh7 30.Ra3 h5 31.Ra1 Kh6 32.Nc3 Rc2 33.Re1 Rxa4 34.Nxa4 Rxc7 35.Nb6 Rc2 36.Nd5 Rd2 37.Ne3 g6 38.Ra1 Ba2 39.Bf1 f6 40.Nc4 Bxc4 41.Bxc4 h4 42.g4 Nf3+ 43.Kg2 Ng5 44.Bd5 Rd3 45.Ra6 Nxh3 46.Rxf6 Kg5 47.Rd6 Nf4+ 48.Kh2 Rd2 49.Kg1 h3 50.Ra6 Kh4 51.Bc4 Rd4 52.Bb5 Kxg4 53.Ra3 Kh4 54.Ra8 g5 55.Re8 Rd1+ 56.Kh2 Rd2 57.Kg1 h2+ 58.Kxh2 Rxf2+ 59.Kh1 g4 60.Rxe5 g3 61.Re8 Rh2+ (...) 0-1
London Field, 1866.09.18

Game 13: Wednesday, August 8, 1866.

Anderssen And Steinitz.—The match between Anderssen and Steinitz has again changed its appearance; Steinitz, while we write, having won seven games to six. The first who wins eight games takes the victory. To have thus turned the tables on the veteran is a feat on the part of Steinitz worthy of all praise; and is the result of the hard practice he has had during a London residence of four years, grafted on his great genius for chess. Anderssen plays as coolly as ever; known as the man of iron nerves, and never more to be dreaded than when he has a loss to fetch up; so we venture no prophecy on the event now so shortly to be decided. All the games played are of great brilliancy, chiefly Evans's gambits. We shall print them in due season when the match is concluded, until which we consider all publication of games hardly propr. Should Steinitz come off victor, we trust Anderssen's chivalrous friend, Herr Neumann, may be tempted to visit England to redeem the Prussian laurel. Anderssen and Neumann have long ranked as the two first German players now in the field, and our chess column has been favoured with many and repeated proofs of their excellence as rival players.

Match Between Herren Anderssen And Steinitz.

Never has a match at chess been more closely and gallantly contested than this. The thirteenth game of the match, won by Herr Steinitz last Wednesday, gave him a score of seven to Herr Anderssen's six, not a single game having been drawn.
London Field, 1866.08.11

Date: 1866.08.08
Site: ENG London (Westminster Chess Club)
Event: Game 13
White: Anderssen,A
Black: Steinitz,W
Opening: [C65] Spanish
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
Era: Mr. Anderssen would have done better, we think, to adopt the Knight's game of Ruy Lopez more frequently, in lieu of so hazardous an opening as the Evans' Gambit.
3...Nf6
Era: We prefer this to 3.a6.
4.d3
Era: This line of play is certainly inferior to 4.0-0.
4...d6 5.Bxc6+
Era: White only weakens his game by this exchange of pieces. In general the knight should not be taken off in conducting this attack.
5...bxc6 6.h3 g6
News: In the close openings this move and ...b6, for the purpose of bringing the bishops into play, can often be made with great advantage.
7.Nc3 Bg7
Era: This feature of the defence we owe to Mr. Paulsen.
8.0-0 0-0 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 c5 11.Rb1
News: The line of play, of which this is the initiatory step, appears to us of very secondary importance to the preparation of an attack upon the adverse king, and quite foreign to the style of Anderssen in his palmy days.
11...Ne8 12.b4 cxb4 13.Rxb4 c5 14.Ra4 Bd7 15.Ra3 f5 16.Qb1 Kh8 17.Qb7 a5 18.Rb1 a4 19.Qd5 Qc8
News: Very well played, for while effectually securing himself from any danger on this side of the field, he is maturing a powerful counter-attack on the other side.
20.Rb6 Ra7
News: The imprudence of White's plan of action is already sufficiently obvious. For the sake of an attack which, if successful, would have resulted probably in the gain of a poor pawn, he has accumulated the main strength of his army upon a point too distant for it ever to return in time to aid his king.
21.Kh2 f4
Era: White's attack is now repulsed, and Black has a manifest superiority of position, which he retains to the end.
22.Bd2 g5 23.Qc4 Qd8
News: The utter helplessness of White's best pieces is something wonderful. With their king in mortal danger they are almost as much cut off from communication with him as if they were absent from the field.
24.Rb1 Nf6 25.Kg1
News: Mr. Anderssen can only watch the gathering storm; he has no power to make head against it. His friends are in the north, "When they should serve their sovereign in the west."
25...Nh7 26.Kf1 h5 27.Ng1 g4 28.hxg4 hxg4 29.f3 Qh4 30.Nd1 Ng5 31.Be1 Qh7 32.d4 gxf3 33.gxf3 Nh3
News: A deadly stroke.
34.Bf2 Nxg1 35.dxc5 Qh3+ 36.Ke1 Nxf3+ 37.Rxf3 Qxf3 38.Nc3 dxc5 39.Bxc5 Rc7 40.Nd5 Rxc5 41.Qxc5 Qxe4+ 42.Kf2 Rc8 43.Nc7 Qe3+ (...) 0-1
London Field, 1866.09.01

Game 14: Friday, August 10, 1866.

The Chess Match Between Anderssen And Steinitz.—The interest of this match culminated on Friday afternoon, when the "veteran" and his "gallant little foe" met at the St. George's Chess Rooms to play the fourteenth and (as it turned out) deciding game. It will be remembered that the winner of the first eight games was to be entitled to the stakes (100). At the commencement of the proceedings on Friday, the score was as follows:—Anderssen, 6; Steinitz, 7. These games, all brilliantly played, showed that Mr. Anderssen still possessed many of the qualities which enabled him to carry off the prize of the International Contest of 1851, as well as that of 1862. The play on Friday was as fine as it was interesting; and at its conclusion Mr. Steinitz proved the victor, having, after a protracted game, given checkmate to his veteran opponent.

Chess Match.—Steinitz And Anderssen.—We have to announce the termination of this interesting match in favour of Steinitz, who won eight games to six. They were all games of much brilliancy, and present positions of great difficulty. Anderssen highly compliments his youthful conqueror on the rank he has secured among chess players. Steinitz came here from Vienna in 1862, and by his genius for the game and constant hard practice with all comers, the best players the most acceptable, has attained the honourable rank of first player in this country. Steinitz is prepared to play a match with any foreign player, who may wish to redeem Anderssen's laurels. There were no drawn games in the match.

Date: 1866.08.10
Site: ENG London (St. George's Chess Club)
Event: Game 14
White: Steinitz,W
Black: Anderssen,A
Opening: [C30] King's Gambit Declined
1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.Qe2 Bg4 7.fxe5 dxe5 8.Be3 Nbd7 9.Nbd2 c6 10.Bb3 b5 11.0-0 Qb6 12.Bxc5 Nxc5 13.Kh1 Rae8 14.Qf2 a5 15.a4 h6 16.Nh4
News: Already White has a manifest advantage in position.
16...bxa4 17.Bxa4 Be6 18.b3 Ng4 19.Qg1 Qb4 20.Nhf3 Bd7 21.Nc4
Field: Here Herr Steinitz, as he afterwards observed, overlooked the winning of a piece, which must have ensued by his now playing 21.c3, 22.Rac1, etc.
News: If, instead of this move, Mr. Steinitz had played 21.c3, we believe he would have gained at least a piece for two pawns. Ex. gr.:—21.c3 Qb6 (or 21...Qxc3 22.Rac1 Qxd3 23.Rxc5, etc.) 22.Nc4 Qa7 23.b4, etc.
21...Nxa4 22.Rxa4 Qc3 23.h3 Nf6 24.Rc1
News: At first glance it appears as if White could have gained some advantage by playing 24.Nd6, but that move, however, specious, in reality we believe would not have been any better than the one made. The same, too, may be said of taking 24.Ncxe5.
24...Nh5 25.Qe1
News: By playing his queen to the queen's side of the board, and then allowing her to be encaged as she now is, Mr. Anderssen repeats, on a lesser scale, the gigantic error he committed in the preceding game. There can be no doubt, too, that if his adversary had seen how to profit by the blunder to the extent he might have done, the result would in this case have been as immediately disasterous. Mr. Steinitz failed, however, in more instances than one to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded him. At this moment, indeed, it strikes us that he might have shortened the road to victory by some thirty moves, if he had taken 25.Ncxe5; or, better still, if he had played 25.g4. For suppose, in the first place—25.Ncxe5 Ng3+ (it matters little whether he take 25...Rxe5, either before or after giving this check) 26.Kh2 Ne2 (best) 27.Qe1 and White has an easy winning position. In the second place—25.g4 Nf4 26.Ncxe5 Ne2 (this appears to be his best play. If he take 26...Rxe5, White plays 27.Rc4, and wins readily; if he take 26...Nxh3, White can reply with 27.Qf1, secure of winning a piece) 27.Qe1 and again on working out the variations, which are very interesting, the examiner will find that Black has a sure lost game.
25...Qxe1+ 26.Rxe1 f6 27.Rxa5 Re6 28.d4 Rb8 29.dxe5 Be8 30.Nd4 Re7 31.Rc5 Rc7 32.Nd6 fxe5 33.Nxe8
News: We should have preferred taking 33.Rxe5.
33...Rxe8 34.Rxc6 Rec8 35.Rxc7 Rxc7 36.Nf3 Rxc2 37.Nxe5 Rc3 38.b4 Rb3 39.Nc6 Nf4 40.e5 Nd3 41.Ra1 Nxb4 42.Ra8+ Kh7 43.Rb8 Nxc6 44.Rxb3 Nxe5 45.Rb6 Ng6 46.Kh2 Ne5 47.Kg3 Nd7 48.Rd6 Nf6 49.Kf4 Ng8 50.g4 Ne7 51.h4 Ng6+ 52.Kg3 Ne7 53.Re6 Ng6 54.h5 Nh8 55.Re7 Kg8 56.Kf4 Nf7 57.Kf5 Kf8 58.Ra7 Kg8 59.Rc7 Ng5 60.Kg6 Ne6 61.Rc8+ Nf8+ 62.Kf5 Kf7 63.Ra8 Kg8 64.Ke5 Kf7 65.Ra7+ Kg8 66.Kd6 Nh7 67.Ke6 Nf6 68.Kf5 Kh7 69.Re7 Nd5 70.Re6 Nc7 71.Re5 Na6 72.Ke6 Nb4 73.Kf7 Nd3 74.Re8 Nf4 75.Kf8 Nd5 76.Re5 Nf4 77.Kf7
News: If White had now played the move which apparently wins him the game—namely, 77.Re7, his opponent escapes the menaced danger by playing 77...Kh8.
77...Nh3 78.Re3 Ng5+
News: Mr. Anderssen, it was thought by some players, could have drawn the game here by moving 78...Nf4. We doubt it.
79.Kf8 Kh8 80.Re7 Nh7+ 81.Kf7 Nf6 82.Kg6 Ng8 83.Rxg7 Nf6 84.Ra7 Ng8 85.Rh7# 1-0
London Field, 1866.09.08 (ends 84.Ra7)

Match Between Herren Anderssen And Steinitz.

This exciting struggle has at length ended in the Austrian's defeating the Prussian, Herr Steinitz having gained eight games to his opponent's six. There is no doubt that this final score is the reverse of what was expected by most players conversant with the powers of both combatants, and by achieving this result Herr Steinitz was placed himself very high up in the first class of chess players; and we may add that as a match player he is probably surpassed by no one except Morphy. On the part of Herr Anderssen we may fairly say, and that without the slightest disparagement of Herr Steinitz's hardly and bravely earned victory, that he did not manage judiciously in his choice of openings, that he risked too much by plunging into bad defences, and that, as if feeling himself pressed for time and dreading a long protraction of the match, he risked the chance of loss rather incur inevitably drawn positions. We may add that there are hopes of a return match being brought about by the amateurs of the London chess circles.
London Field, 1866.08.18

The Anderssen-Steinitz Match.—This interesting contest, which has occupied so large a share of the attention of chess-players throughout Europe for the last month, was brought to a conclusion, we are informed, a few days since by Mr. Steinitz scoring eight games to his opponent's six. We have only room this week to announce the result.

The Westminster Chess Club And The Anderssen-Steinitz Match.—Mr. Forster, the gentleman who liberally backed Mr. Steinitz in this contest for 100, has written to us to say that he is not a member of the Westminster Chess Club. The statement, which appeared in our columns a few weeks back, that the whole of the stakes in the match were subscribed by members of that club is therefore erroneous.

Match Between Steinitz And Anderssen.—This interesting Chess conflict has terminated, as we stated on the 12th inst., in favour of Mr. Steinitz, who scored eight games to his opponent's six. The result fully justifies the opinion which we expressed previous to the match, viz., that Mr. Steinitz is the best foreign Chess player now resident in England. The play throughout has been of the most brilliant description, but we think Mr. Anderssen's tactics were faulty in choosing Gambit openings for an important match. Had he adopted 1. P to K B 4th, or 1. P to Q B 4th when he had the first move, and the Sicilian defence as second player, the result of the match might, possibly, have been different. In saying this, we by no means desire to detract of the well-earned reputation of Mr. Steinitz, who gained his victory like a first-rate Chess player, which is assuredly is.

L. C. H.—It is true, we understand, though known only at the time to his opponent and two or three friends, that Mr. Anderssen was seriously indisposed while playing the late match.

Match Between Anderssen And Steinitz.—We understand that a plan is on foot in Chess circles for promoting a second match between these gentlemen. As it would create general interest in the Chess world, we hope the report may prove to be well founded.

The Match Between Anderssen And Steinitz.

The match between Herren Anderssen and Steinitz is, if we are not mistaken, the first set encounter of any duration which has ever taken place between masters representing the rival schools of Austria and Prussia. Just at the time at which the young levies of Prussia were proving there superiority over the old experienced armies of the Austrian Empire, a quiet, unassuming Austrian player was avenging, in his own way, the defeat of Sadowa, and gaining victory over Professor Anderssen, the famous Prussian champion, a veteran of a hundred successful battles in the mimic war of Chess. Germany was divided against herself in both instances; there the contest was physical, and the laurels of the conqueror not unstained with blood; here it was mental, and the crown could be worn without causing misery, whilst a great neutral but friendly country looked on as arbiter of the lists, and afforded the fairest field for action, for there was no fear lest she should turn either the defeat of the one of the aggrandisement of the other to her own peculiar advantage.

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