Lasker v. Steinitz
World Championship Match, Game 13, 1894.05.05
C68 - Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Notes by Steinitz
Probably fully as good as 3...d6, and also adopted on the presumption that White was probably not so well prepared for it.
A favorite continuation of Winawer; but most masters prefer 4.Ba4.
4. ..... dxc6
Winawer castled at this point, and other masters prefer the slow development by 5.d3 and 6.Be3.
5. ..... exd4
This is new and probably of greater value than the usual 7...Bd6 which places this bishop too much in the way of the hostile pawns. But still better would be the simple 7...Bd7.
A premature attack which subsequently costs time; the bishop should at once have been posted at e3.
10. ..... Bc6
14.Bg5 and if 14...h6 then 15.Be3; or else 14.Rfd1 both afterward suggested by Lasker were undoubtedly superior to the text.
14. ..... Nd7
Mere demonstrative tactics were evidently out of order, and White retreats his pieces with a view to concentration for operations in the center.
15. ..... Nb6
18. ...... c4
Black could not allow the opponent to advance pawn to c4, as sooner or later it would have enabled White to plant one of his knights at d5 with great effect. Moreover, Black obtains a strong attack for the pawn sacrificed.
It was White's best policy probably not to accept the proffered pawn, but to continue 20.Nde3 instead.
20. ..... Bb4
Obviously if 22.Nfe3 Rxd1 and wins.; and if 22.Nde3 Rd3 23.Rac1 f5! with a strong attack.
22. ..... Rd3
23...f5 would be premature, and this more quiet advance does important service on the queen's wing in the ending. White is in the mean time much hampered.
Now correctly timed and extremely difficult to meet.
25.Nd5 might have prolonged resistance, but would hardly equalize the game: e.g. 25.Nd5 fxe4 26.fxe4 Rf8 27.Rc2 h5 with a strong attack.
25. ..... gxf5
If 26.Nxf5 Rxf3 27.Ne7+ ( 27.gxf3 Bxf3#) 27...Bxe7 28.gxf3 Bxf3+ 29.Kg1 Bc5+ 30.Ne3 Rd2 31.a4 Rg2+ 32.Kf1 Rxh2 and if 33.Rc2 Rh1+ 34.Kf2 Rxe1 and wins.
26. ..... Rg8
27.Nxf5 would be again disastrous on account of the same rejoinder - 27...Rxf3.
27. ..... Bxd5
This and the following series of moves give Black a winning superiority in position. The white knight is a prisoner, and the end can be only a question of time.
Final Position, after 55...Kxf5