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Ernst Pitschel vs Adolf Anderssen
Leipzig (1851), Leipzig GER
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit MacDonnell Attack (C33)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-03-13  thomastonk: This is a great tactical battle of Ernst (sic) Pitschel and Anderssen. It has been published in DSZ 1872, p 188 with the comment "played about twenty years ago", but no site was given. Another source, but only a secondary one, claims February 1851 and Leipzig. More information is welcome.

Though it is quite sharp and entertaining and full of ideas, it has not so much weak moments. Maybe 16.Se2 is a mistake, because instead of catching e5 immediately, Black could have done some "over-attacking" by 16.. ♘bc6!. Anderssen could also have improved his play by 25.. ♕g2+ 26.♔e1 ♘c6.

Serious mistakes however happen much later. 32.. ♖fe8 being one of them because of 33.♕a3! . And also 33.. ♖xe2+, because White missed after 34.♔f1 ♖c2 both 35.♖a5! and 35.b4 . Nevertheless, even after 35.♖e1? ♕h5 it was not too late to play 36.♖e5!:


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Here Black is forced to exchange queens by 36.. ♖xe5 37.♗xe5 (37.♗b7+!?) ♖xc3 38.bxc3, which gives White a clear advantage.

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