Canadian Chess Newsletter - Profile - International - Issue #8

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Curbside Cycle

Curbside Cycle

Johannes Zukertort

Written by David Cohen

Johannes Zukertort (1842-88) was a Jewish chess player from Poland who emigrated to England in 1872. He was recognized as the second-best player of his day, after Wilhelm Steinitz. But when Zukertort won the strong tournament at London, 1883, ahead of Steinitz, both players claimed to be the world's best. This resulted in the first World Chess Championship Match beween the two, held in New York, St. Louis and New Orleans, USA, in 1886. Zukertort lost the match (+5 -10 =5).

Johannes Zukertort - Joseph Blackburne
London, England 1883

1. c4 e6 2. e3 Nf6 3. Nf3 b6 4. Be2 Bb7 5. O-O d5 6. d4 Bd6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. b3 Nbd7 9. Bb2 Qe7 10. Nb5 Ne4 11. Nxd6 cxd6 12. Nd2 Ndf6 13. f3 Nxd2 14. Qxd2 dxc4 15. Bxc4 d5 16. Bd3 Rfc8 17. Rae1 Rc7 18. e4 Rac8 19. e5 Ne8 20. f4 g6 21. Re3 f5 22. exf6 Nxf6 23. f5 Ne4 24. Bxe4 dxe4 25. fxg6 Rc2 26. gxh7+ Kh8 27. d5+ e5

Diagram 1

28. Qb4 R8c5 29. Rf8+ Kxh7 30. Qxe4+ Kg7 31. Bxe5+ Kxf8 32. Bg7+ Kg8 33. Qxe7 1-0


Acknowledgements

Source: The Oxford Companion to Chess by David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, Oxford University Press, 1984.