St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Nip and Tuck
|Secured by Steinitz|
|St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Saturday, February 6, 1886, Page 8|
NIP AND TUCK
Steinitz Wins Another Game
and Draws Up Near Zukertort
Another bewildering account of yesterday's chess battle was presented by the morning papers. The record of the game presented a confusing difference which would muddle the best chess player. The contest was so brilliant throughout, the attack of Steinitz so well maintained, and the extraordinary prescience shown by Steinitz in his thirty-second move was so remarkable, that the game is not only entitled to rank as the best of the series, but as one qualified in every respect to delight the hearts of chess players the world over. There can be little question that such is the verdict of the groups of players who gather in the leading cities of this country and Europe this morning to discuss the game. The importance of the contest is such that the official score in presented below in order to let the chess players follow the different moves without being puzzled by any mistakes.
A larger number of persons than were at the previous game filled the rooms in the Harmonie club up to the very finish which was shortly before 9 o'clock. Close attention was paid to every move but no particular demonstration was made until the thirty-second move was made by Steinitz. It happened so that this play produced a dramatic effect. It is the rule for the second player when the time comes for a recess to record his move on a piece of paper and seal it up in an envelope and give it to his opponent's second who, upon play being resumed, announces what the move is and the piece is so placed. Last night, although the room was filled with chess players of ability, not one imagined what Steinitz would move after the recess, and it never occurred to any amateur head present that the bishop would be handled first. When this was done and the piece was put on the king's fourth square and check was called, the advantage so brilliantly secured was evident to all and the greatest enthusiasm of the series was noticeable in the audience who could scarcely repress loud expressions of admiration. In just three move moves the white was cornered and, as Zukertort had but one additional move, that to the king's rook's fourth, he gracefully resigned without more ado. At the conclusion, Zukertort tried to get Steinitz to play it over from the twenty-eight move just for fun as Zukertort claimed his twenty-ninth lost him the chance to draw. Steinitz was too tired to do it, and so Zukertort demonstrated alone the disaster produced by the twenty-ninth. The score now stands Zukertort 4, Steinitz 3.
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