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World Chess Championship
The score was 3-3. Lasker had won games 1 & 3 as White; Steinitz had won games 2 & 4. Games 5 & 6 were drawn. The winner would be the first to win 10 games.
The game is presented here twice. The first shows some key positions; the second is taken from Nick Pope's excellent Chess Archaeology and combines comments from both Lasker and Steinitz. See Pope's site for similar treatment of all games from the match.
Lasker Em - Steinitz W
World Championship Match 
New York 1894
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 Steinitz plays the Steinitz Defence. 4. d4 Bd7 5. Nc3 Nge7
This line is rarely played.
6. Be3Lasker played 6. Bc4 in games 1, 3, & 5.
During the 1896 title match, he switched to 6. Bg5 in the only game which started with this variation. Steinitz replied 6... f6 and the game was eventually drawn.
6... Ng6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O a6 9. Be2 exd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4
White castled queenside, knowing that Black must castle kingside.
11... Bf6 12. Qd2 Bc6 13. Nd5 O-O 14. g4
This move and the next launch an attack which Steinitz counters easily.
14... Re8 15. g5 Bxd5 16. Qxd5 Re5 17. Qd2
White now loses two Pawns.
17. Qxb7 may have been better, but allows Black to attack with 17... Rb8 18. Qxa6 (18. Qxb8 Qxb8 19. gxf6 Rxe4 is dubious) 18... Bxg5
17... Bxg5 18. f4 Rxe4 19. fxg5 Qe7
How should White continue?
20. Rdf1 White plays for the attack.Another possibility was 20. Bf3 Rxe3 21. Bxb7 Re2 22. Qxe2 Qxe2 23. Bxa8 Qe3+ 24. Kb1 Qxg5
20... Rxe3 21. Bc4 Nh8
An awkward square for the Knight.
21... Rf8 may have been better.
22. h4 c6 23. g6
White offers a third pawn to keep the attack moving forward.
23... d523... hxg6 24. h5 g5 (24... d5 25. hxg6 Nxg6 26. Bd3 'gives White good attacking chances for his three pawns' [Pachman])
24. gxh7+ Kxh7 25. Bd3+ Kg8 26. h5 Re8
Black seeks counterchances against White's King.
27. h6 g6 28. h7+ Kg7 29. Kb1
White uses two moves to keep his own King secure.
29... Qe5 30. a3 c5 31. Qf2 c4 Where will the Bishop go? 32. Qh4
White prepares to offer the Bishop.
32... f632... Kf8
33. Bf5 Kf733... Qg3! 34. Qh6+ Kf7 followed by ...Re1+. [Pachman]
White offers a second chance to take the Bishop.
34... gxf534... g5 35. Qh5+ Ke7 36. Qh6 [Pachman]
35. Qh5+ Ke7 36. Rg8 Kd6 37. Rxf5 Qe6
'If the King is exposed to continual checks and cannot find protection behind its own pieces, it is hopelessly lost. ' Lasker's Manual of Chess
38. Rxe8 Qxe8 39. Rxf6+ Kc5 40. Qh6 Re740... Re2 41. Qg7 Re7 42. Qg1+
In a difficult position, Black blunders.
41... Qd7?41... Re6 42. Qf2+ Kb5 43. Rf8
41... Qd8 42. Qg1+ Kb5 43. a4+ Kxa4 44. Qc5 Re1+ 45. Ka2 Ra1+ (45... Qxf6 46. b3+ mates [Pachman]) 46. Kxa1 Qxf6 47. Ka2
42. Qg1+ White is now winning. 42... d4 43. Qg5+ Qd5 44. Rf5 Qxf5 45. Qxf5+ Kd6 46. Qf6+
White will be at least a Queen ahead.
Lasker, Em - Steinitz, W.
World Championship Match 
New York 1894
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 Bd7 5. Nc3 Nge7 6. Be3 Lasker: The game proceeded on novel lines from the fifth move, when, in order to get more advantage out of the position, I changed my line of attack completely. The fundamental difference of the two treatments consisted in the early castling on the queenside and playing for an attack on the kingside.; Steinitz: A novel line of play for the attack. 6... Ng6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O a6 9. Be2 exd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Bf6 12. Qd2 Bc6 13. Nd5 O-O 14. g4Lasker: It seems, however, that I overreached my attack when playing 14.g4. A quiet move like 14. f3 first would have greatly solidified my position.
14... Re8 15. g5Steinitz: This advance is premature, He evidently overlooked Black's coming scheme. 15. f3 was better.
15... Bxd5 [0:45-0:46] 16. Qxd5Steinitz: This is bad and should have lost; 16. exd5 was the correct move.
16... Re5 17. Qd2 Bxg5 18. f4 Steinitz: This results in the loss of a second pawn, but is White's best chance of attack now. 18... Rxe4 Pope: The following note appears between White's 18th move and Black's 23rd move.; Steinitz: A kingside attack was here his only chance and White now plays a rather ingenious one. 19. fxg5 Qe7 20. Rdf1Lasker: Steinitz, by a very finely laid trap, gained two pawns, and, although I could have won at least one of them back by 20. Bf3 , I preferred to go on with my attack.
20... Rxe3 21. Bc4 Nh8Lasker: Apparently Black underrated the game, otherwise he would have played 21... Rf8
22. h4 c6 23. g6 Lasker: Perhaps my 23rd move was unexpected to him. When I sacrificed a third pawn he did not see his way clear to accept the offer, because I would have forced an open h-file. 23... d5Steinitz: A little consideration ought to have shown Black that he could safely capture 23... hxg6 , followed by pawn to g5 upon the advance of White's h-pawn to the fifth.
24. gxh7+ Kxh7 25. Bd3+ Kg8 26. h5 Re8 27. h6 g6 28. h7+ Kg7 29. Kb1 Qe5 30. a3 c5 [1:58-1:50] 31. Qf2 c4 32. Qh4Steinitz: At first glance it would seem that White could win by 32. Bxg6 But this does not realize if Black simply plays 32... fxg6 33. Qh4 Nf7 34. h8=Q+ Rxh8 35. Rxf7+ Kxf7 36. Qxh8 Qxh8 etc.
32... f6Lasker: On Steinitz's 32nd turn I expected 32... Kf8 whereupon again 33. Bf5 would have left me with good chances for a draw, as the bishop could not well be taken on account of 33... gxf5 34. Rhg1 My opponent preferred to play 32.. .f6 instead, which was a trifle risky. In consequence I held a very strong position, which should have been a warning for Black not to attempt to force the win. In the end Black's winning chances were almost annihilated, if indeed White had not the best of the bargain.
33. Bf5 Kf7 34. Rhg1 gxf5Steinitz: 34... g5 was probably better.
35. Qh5+ Ke7 36. Rg8 Kd6 37. Rxf5 Qe6 38. Rxe8 Qxe8 39. Rxf6+ Kc5Steinitz: Now 39... Kc7 was much better.
40. Qh6 Re7 41. Qh2 Qd7 Lasker: However, Steinitz, still playing for a win, committed a great blunder on his 41st move, lost the queen and knight or rook, and resigned shortly afterward.Steinitz: Disastrous. Black was, however, under pressure of time limit hereabouts. He should have played 41... Re6
42. Qg1+ d4 43. Qg5+ Qd5 44. Rf5 Qxf5 45. Qxf5+ Kd6 [2:55-2:52] 46. Qf6+ [2:56-2:53] 1-0
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