Books Over the board

Tuesday 8 March 2016

J Gunsberg vs M Tschigorin, Havana, circa late 1800s

I recently picked up a 1903 copy of The Complete Chess Guide by F. J. Lee and G. H. D. Gossip.

It contained the following game between J. Gunsberg and M. Tschigorin in Havana, Cuba. There was no date given, but I estimate it was the late 1800s.

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 Bd6 5. b3 Nbd7 6. Bb2 O-O 7. Nbd2 Re8 8. Ne5 Nf8 9. f4 c5 10. O-O a6 11. Rf3 b5 12. dxc5 Bxc5 13. Rg3 Ng6 14. h4 Qb6 15. Nf1 Nxh4 16. Nxf7 Kxf7 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Qh5+ Ke7 19. Qxh4 Bd7 20. Rg7+ Kd6 21. Qxf6 Bxe3+ 22. Nxe3 Qxe3+ 23. Kf1 Rad8 24. Re1 Qd2 25. Re2 Qc1+ 26. Kf2 Kc6 27. Rxh7 Rf8 28. Rxe6+ Kc7 29. Rc6+ Kb7 30. Rb6+ Black Resigns


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    1. I agree, ol' chum. It has elements I like to use in most of my games as White of late: leading with the King's Knight on the first move, and the fianchetto of the Queen's bishop (which I've been doing immediately after the opening move, e.g. this loss ;) )