Friday, 11 November 2011

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

What happened over the last few days in the Cricket match between Australia and South Africa reminded me of the last game of the Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship Match in 1892. A win for Chigorin in game 23 ties the match at 9-9, and he built up a clear advantage by move 31. However on move 32 he plays the worst move in the position and allows Steinitz a mate in 2. 10-8 to Steinitz and the match is over.

Chigorin,Mikhail - Steinitz,William [C34]
Wch04 Havana (23), 1892

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