(26) Steinitz,William - Gunsberg,Isidor [E14]
World Championship 03rd New York (13), 07.01.1891
[Llewellyn, Alan]

Isidor Gunsberg plays well in this game but is overpowered by strong play by the Defending World Champion, William Steinitz. This is the thirteenth game in their exciting encounter and was when William broke into a decisive lead.

It starts of a Reti Opening but soon after 2.d4 becomes a Queens pawn opening.

1...Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.e3 Bb4+?! 4.c3 Be7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 d5 7.c4 b6 8.Nc3 Bb7 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Ne5 Nfd7 11.f4 Nxe5 12.fxe5 c6 13.Bd2 Ba6? 14.Bxa6 Nxa6 15.Qa4 Nb8?!
[15...Qc8 ]

16.Rac1 f6 17.exf6 Bxf6 18.Ne2 Re8 19.Rf3!
The Rook plays a key role in the attack from f3 g3 and the h3 squares, yes-all three!!!

19...Qe7 20.Rcf1 Rc8 21.Bb4 Qe6 22.Nf4 Qe4 23.Nh5 Nd7 24.Qa6 Qe8 25.Rh3!
[25.Nxf6+?! Nxf6+/= ]

25...Bg5 26.Kh1 Nf6 27.Nxf6+ gxf6 28.Qb7 Qg6 29.Qd7 Kh8 30.Be7! Rg8 31.Qxc6 Rac8
[31...f5!+/- ; 31...Bxe3?? 32.Bxf6+ Rg7 33.Qxa8+ Qe8 34.Qxe8# ]

32.Qxd5! Rg7 33.Bb4 Qd3 34.Qf3 Rc2 35.Bc3 Re2
[35...Bxe3?? 36.Qxf6 Rcxg2 37.Qf8+ Rg8 38.d5+ Bd4 39.Rxd3 Rxf8 40.Bxd4+ Kg8 41.Kxg2+- ]

36.e4!! Qxe4 37.d5 Qg6??
Under pressure Isidor cracks. [37...Kg8+/- ]

[38.Qxe2+- this wins also]

[38...Qe4+- ]

[39.Qxe2+- a hanging Rook may look inviting but William ignores it for an attack. I dont think he missed it just wanted more.; 39.Rxg5 Qxg5 40.Qxe2+- (40.Bxf6+?? Qxf6 41.Qxf6+ Rxf6 42.Rxf6 Re1+ 43.Rf1 Rxf1# ) ]

39...h6?? 40.h4?!
[40.Qxe2+- ] 1-0