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Adolf Anderssen vs Jean Dufresne
"The Evergreen Partie" (game of the day May-18-07)
Berlin GER 1852  ·  Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense (C52)  ·  1-0
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Aug-05-11  asiduodiego: Classic and beautiful game.

If 20. ... Kd8,

21. Rxe7+! Kc8
22. Rd8+!!

If black captures the rook with the rook, loses his queen, with the king, the same thing. With the knight, it's mate in two.

The real mistake was: 19. ... Qxg3??. Perhaps 19. ... Qh3 was better

Aug-31-11  nightgaunts: i dont get why 15. ... Qf5
Aug-31-11  Poulsen: <Llawdogg><With the Immortal Game and the Evergreen Game, Adolf Anderssen has a secure place in the history of chess. Two of the most beautiful games ever played!> Well, not everyone agrees on that - about the beauty of the games, that is.

Jens Enevoldsen f.x. thought, that while the Evergreen game is excellent, the Immortal Game is more or less a fudge - or the result of Anderssen and Kieseritsky fooling around with the pieces - and suddenly the mating attack emerges from the position.

He might not be right on that, but it's true IMO, that some of the errors made in the Immortal Game are somewhat "inconsistent" with the actual playing strengt of Lionel Adalbert Bagration Felix Kieseritsky. He was an excellent player of the romantic style prevalent at his time - but also had eye on the soundness of moves - as in this lesser known game:

Saint Amant vs Kieseritzky, 1839

Aug-31-11
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  keypusher: <Poulsen>

<Jens Enevoldsen f.x. thought, that while the Evergreen game is excellent, the Immortal Game is more or less a fudge - or the result of Anderssen and Kieseritsky fooling around with the pieces - and suddenly the mating attack emerges from the position.>

That makes a lot of sense. ...Na6 in the Immortal Game doesn't strike me as a move that Kieseritzsky would have made normally. Of course he made much worse moves in official tournament games against Anderssen, but that seems to have been a matter of nerves.

Oct-16-11
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  LIFE Master AJ: This game is a thing of great beauty ... while certainly not 100% sound, it shows the fire and tatical acumenn that became the trademarks of Anderssen's play.
Nov-14-11  Mudphudder: Hard to believe this game was played in 1851. Back then it must seem like such hyper-modernization in his style of play!!
Jan-18-12  Llawdogg: Beautiful!
Feb-06-12  BlackSheep: Its strange how people don't call their kids Adolf any more he was such a good player in his day.
Feb-06-12
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  TheFocus: <Its strange how people don't call their kids Adolf any more>

I blame Hitler.

I also notice that Hitler's mustache went out of fashion too.

Feb-06-12
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  alexmagnus: Actually if you look at the distribution of the name Adolf in Germany, you'll notice the former border between West and East Germany :D http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/450...
May-24-12  Anderssen99: It seems Black has a saving clause: 19...,Bd4!!. 20.Nxd4,Rxg2+!!. 21.Kxg2 (Forced), Nxd4+. 22.Re4,Bxe4+. 23.Bxe4,Qg4+. 24.Kf1,Qe2+. 25.Kg1,Qxe4. 26.Qxd4,Qxd4. 27.Rxd4,Ng6 with a draw.
Jun-30-12  morphyesque: Re:Anderssen99 note of May24-12.A better white continuation was 26.Rxd4 Qg6+ 27.Kh1 Qb1+ 28.Rd1 Qb7+ 29.Kg1 Qc6 30.Qh4 O-O-O 31.f6xe7 Rg8+ 32.Kf1 Qxc3 and I rate this +3.72 advantage to white.I can understand though Dufresne playing 19....Qxf3 in 1852 long before chess search engines!
Jul-06-13
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  Abdel Irada: Very characteristic of the Romantic era. Note that rather than seek safety in castling, Black plays for the counterattack starting with 11. ...b5. He intends to (and in fact does) set up Horwitz bishops on b6 and b7, proposing his own all-out assault on the white monarch.

Unfortunately, all of this takes time....

Sep-21-13  samuel.hoskins9: I must say, 19. Rad1 was much better than 19. Be4.
So:


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nd not:


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Oct-19-13  Oxnard: It's alright, I guess.
Oct-23-13
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  ThumbTack: Responding to <Nilsson>, Mar-08-11, and some earlier comments, Black's position is horrible, but 19..Qh3 does seem to lead to a draw. A number of people have suggested that it is a good 19th move for Black although other moves may be even better.

Here is one possible line:

19..Qh3 20. Bf1 Qf5 21. Kh1 Qxf6 22. Bxe7 Nxe7 23. Rxd7 Kf8 24. Rexe7 Qxf3 25. Qa3 Qxg2+ 24. Bxg2 Bxg2+ 25. K-g1 B-h3+ 26. K-h1 etc. (draw by perpetual check).

Perhaps Black can even win from this position, but on the face of it, if I were playing Black, I would be more than happy if I got a draw.

Jan-09-14
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  MarkFinan: From this position here my engine has the eval @0.00 .. 5 moves before white delivers a brilliant mate!


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But here when black plays 19..Qxf3? then if 20.Rxe7+ ...kd8 21.Rxd7+ ..kc8 22.Rd8+ ..kxd8 (taking with the rook loses the queen straight away) 23.Bf5+ ..Qxd1 24.QxQ and the position, whilst still grim, looks like this


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Blacks up material wise, but unless white plays correctly from here (which was doubtful with the older players, this game being a good example!) black still has a shot? My engine still has white up +3.50 from here. So even though the eval was up and down in blacks favour, then up and down in whites favour throughout the entire game, the losing move was definitely taking that 'poisoned knight' on f3.

Apr-05-14  Whitehat1963: What line do the most powerful engines provide after 18...Rg8?
Apr-13-14
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  LIFE Master AJ: Greetings:

http://www.lifemasteraj.com/old_af-...

My web page on this game.

Apr-13-14
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  john barleycorn: When Morphy was shown this game, he said:
"You can see the hand of a master".
Apr-15-14
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  LIFE Master AJ: (Source?)

If Morphy really said that, I would have to agree completely ...

IMO - the two greatest <purely> tactical players of all time were Adolf Anderssen and Mikhail Tal.

Apr-16-14
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  john barleycorn: <LITE Master> you talking to me? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e9C...
Apr-16-14
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  offramp: < john barleycorn: When Morphy was shown this game, he said: "You can see the hand of a master".>

When Morphy said that the man he was addressing <could > see the hand of a master.

Apr-16-14
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  john barleycorn: <offramp> is "One can see the hand of a master" correct? However there was no hand I guess. Literally.
Apr-16-14
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  offramp: Correct is "Talk to the hand! Of a master lol! Face palm lol!"
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