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Isidor A Gunsberg – Mikhail I Chigorin, Match, Havana 1890

Dutch Defense (A85)
Initial position
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Annotations based on those in The Principles of Chess in Theory and Practice by James Mason.
1. Nf3 f5 2. d4 e6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. e3 b6 6. Bd3 Bb7 7. Qc2 O-O 8. Bd2 Na6 9. a3
White's development is compact and well ordered, while that of his opponent lacks cohesion and general concerted power. The weakness of the formation on 1. ... f5 is evident very early in this game.
Rc8 10. e4 fxe4 11. Nxe4 Bxe4 12. Bxe4 d5 13. Bd3 c5 14. Ng5 Nc7 15. Bxh7+ Kh8 16. Qd3 Ne4
Qh3 must be guarded against.
17. Nxe4 dxe4 18. Bxe4 Bh4 19. Be3 cxd4 20. Bxd4 e5 21. Be3 Qxd3 22. Bxd3 Ne6 23. g3 Be7 24. Rc1 Rcd8 25. Be4 Nc5 26. Bxc5
Falling in with his adversary's expectations. But having a Pawn more on each side, the slight risk of a draw incurred by this exchange is balanced by absence of worry from the Knight. This winning process is necessarily slow.
Bxc5 27. f3 Rf6 28. Ke2 Rfd6 29. Rhd1 Bd4 30. Rc2 g5 31. b4 Kg7 32. Kf1
Foreseeing attack upon his Rook Pawn, and to get the King into action on the right.
Kf6 33. a4 Ke7 34. Bd5 Rh6 35. Kg2 Rdh8 36. Rh1 Kd6 37. Rcc1 Rf8 38. h4 gxh4 39. Rxh4 Rxh4 40. gxh4 Rh8 41. Kg3 Rh7 42. Kg4 Rg7+ 43. Kf5 Rh7 44. Rh1 Ke7 45. Kg6 Rh8 46. h5 Rf8 47. Rh4 Rf6+ 48. Kg7 Rf5 49. h6 e4+ 50. Kg6 Rf6+ 51. Kg5 Be3+ 52. f4
All very finely played by both players; but White gains ground steadily.
Bf2 53. Rh3 e3 54. h7 Rf8 55. Bf3 Rh8 56. Be2 Kf7 57. Bd3 Be1 58. Rxe3 Bxb4 59. Rh3 Kg7 60. Be4 a5 61. Rd3 Rd8 62. Rxd8 Be7+ 63. Kf5 Bxd8 64. Ke6 Bh4 65. Bg6 1-0


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