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Steinitz Wins Again
St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Thursday, February 11, 1886, Page 5

STEINITZ WINS AGAIN

The Concluding Chess Game

in St. Louis a Very Brilliant One

The concluding game of the Steinitz-Zukertort series in St. Louis afforded an example of the most brilliant chess and also clearly demonstrated that the tournament is in no sense a hippodrome. If any doubt of the genuineness of the players' motives were engendered by the draw game of Monday it was dispelled by the magnificent display of yesterday. Some of the local players made the invidious remark at the beginning of the contest yesterday that it would be another hippodrome, but when about the twentieth move they saw the veins on Zukertort's forehead swell out and half an hour slip by while he was studying the move, the spectators realized that the battle was for blood. The chess club are jubilant over the fact that the local series closed with the best game of the tournament so far. Indeed, S.M. Joseph, an enthusiastic Steinitz man, said: "Yesterday's contest ought to be classed with the immortal games." The features of yesterday's play was that neither party made a single blunder, and that Steinitz won by outplaying his opponent at all points. In an exchange of pieces Zukertort's pawn was left isolated on the queen's fourth square, and this contributed one of his points of weakness. Steinitz played with unusual rapidity. The game was to be adjourned at 6 o'clock, but just two minutes before that time Zukertort resigned.

The players have two weeks to spend here before going to New Orleans and will probably occupy it in whist-playing, their only relaxation. They were paid today $150 each, the amount raised by the Chess, Checker, and Whist club to bring them here. This sum the club does not begrudge, as they say their organization has received a decided boom, a number of applications for membership having been made. The general opinion in the club is that Steinitz has shown himself Zukertort's superior in the St. Louis games. Even Max Judd, the doctor's champion, admits that. The total score now stands at four games won for each, and one draw. This leaves one player to win six games in New Orleans, as the conditions require ten victories before either side can claim the stakes. the players, on their return from the South, will probably play some blindfolded and simultaneous games with local lights.

The game was erroneously recorded in both the morning papers, but the following is the corrected official score.

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