5 facts about World Chess Championship matches in New York

 compiled by WGM/FT Aleksandra Dimitrijevic and Michalis Kaloumenos

Frank Marshall and Emanuel Lasker during their 1907 fight for the World Chess Championship

 1. This is not the first time that a match for the World Chess Championship is held in New York. It is the 6th. Four times part of the match took place in the "Big Apple": 1886 Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1894 Lasker vs Steinitz, 1907 Lasker vs Marshall, 1990 Kasparov vs Karpov. Only once the match was held entirely in NY: 1890/1 Steinitz vs Gunsberg. 
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2. A total of 50 games were played in NY. 1886 - 5 games, 1891 - 19 games, 1894 - 8 games, 1907 - 6 games, and 1990 - 12 games.

3. The longest game was an 84 moves Ruy Lopez draw, the 8th game between Kasparov and Karpov in 1990. The shortest game was a 18 moves Petroff draw between Kasparov and Karpov in 1990.

4. Many venues were used to host the World Championship: The Cartiers Academy Hall (1886), the Manhattan Chess Club (1890), the Union Square Hotel (1894). In 1990 the New York portion of the match, sponsored by Interscope, was played in the 750 seat Hudson Theater at the Hotel Macklowe. The 2016 match venue is the Fulton Market building in the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan.

5. Here is a game from the 1890/1891 match between Wilhelm Steinitz and Isidor Gunsberg annotaded by the players themselves!

Event: World Championship Match, Game 1
White: Steinitz,W
Black: Gunsberg,IA
Opening: [D35] Queen’s Gambit Declined
Site: USA New York, NY (Manhattan Chess Club)
Date: 1890.12.09
Annotators: Gunsberg & Steinitz

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3
 Quite new at this stage of the game. Steinitz favors this move, whether as first or second player, to defend his center if the adverse dark square bishop is shut out from c5. As will be seen the text move also enables him to utilize his knight to fortify his center by bringing it to f2 via h3.
Steinitz: Perfectly new in this opening, adopted with a view to forming a center and taking advantage of the confined position of the adverse light square bishop.
 Steinitz advises in close openings not to develop this knight to c6 before the c-pawn has been moved. I selected this move, however, in order to force White to play his pawn to e3, or else he would lose a pawn by 5...dxc4.
Steinitz: Probably the best way to stop the advance in the center.
Steinitz: If 5.e4 dxe4 6.d5 exd5 7.cxd5 Ne5, with a good game.
5...Be7 6.Nh3
A better outlet for the knight than at e2 later on, for the latter plan would have necessitated White’s moving his light square bishop to d3, where Black would have had an opportunity of attacking it by ...Nb4.
6...0-0 7.Nf2 Re8 8.Be2 Bb4 9.Bd2 e5
Gunsberg: By this properly prepared move Black assumes the initiative, preventing his opponent from establishing a strong center, and finally breaking up his queen’s wing.
10.dxe5 Rxe5 [0:38-0:37] 11.cxd5
 11.Nd3 Bxc3 (best) 12.bxc3 Re8 13.cxd5 Qxd5 (or 13...Nxd5) 14.e4 would have given White a more superior game still.
11...Nxd5 12.e4
12.Nd3 instead would have been met by 12...Bxc3.
12...Nxc3 13.bxc3 Ba5
Black has now the better position for the endgame.
14.Qc2 Re8
 The rook is here safer, and more useful.

15.0-0 Bb6 16.Kh1 Qe7 17.Nd3 Ne5
17...f5 looked very tempting, but would have been met with 18.Nf4. If then Black 18...fxe4, White retakes and obtains a very open game, for if 19...Qxe4 20.Bd3. There were also other moves, as Bc4+, by which White would obtain a formidable attack.
Steinitz: If 17...f5 instead, White would answer 18.Nf4, and if then 18...fxe4 19.fxe4, and evidently Black dare not again capture on account of the reply 20.Bd3, and anyhow White gets a powerful attack.
18.Nxe5 Qxe5 19.Bd3
 White might, perhaps, have pressed the attack with more prospects of success by 19.f4 Qxe4 20.Bd3, followed by 21.Bxh7+.
 In anticipation of 20.f4, which now could be parried by 20...Qd6.
 If 20.f4 Qd6 21.Rad1, and now Black dare not take the bishop on account of the reply 22.Bc1, but he wins, nevertheless, by 21...Bg4.
20...Be6 21.Bc1 Qa5 22.c4 Bd4
 The bishop is here well posted, as it also prevents the adverse bishop from going to b2.
23.Bd2 (Adjourned) 23...Qh5 (Sealed)
Gunsberg: At this stage the game was adjourned for dinner at 5pm.
Gunsberg: White might have proceeded here more attackingly with 24.f4.
Gunsberg: Of course not 24...Be5, because of 25.g4, winning a piece.
Steinitz: A very good move. It helps Black to obtain the drawn result, and is much stronger than 24...c5.
Gunsberg: Here again 25.e5 would have been played by an attacking player.
25...Qc5 ½-½
Steinitz: Black threatens now ...b5, and the game is now well balanced that a draw is a fair result.

The Sun, New York, 1890.12.10
The World, New York, 1890.12.10
New-York Daily Tribune, 1890.12.10
Morgan's Chess Library, Book VIII, 1891, p43
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