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|Feb-25-11|| ||Llawdogg: I'm as big a Morphy fan as there is. But the match was over. Morphy was clearly better. It's nice that Anderssen was able to get a win in this tenth game after a long, hard fought endgame. He hadn't had any success since the first game. It must have been terribly humiliating. So, this win was some small consolation. Let's not begrudge him it.|
|Mar-05-11|| ||ketchuplover: 13...g5 looks interesting imo.|
|Sep-28-11|| ||skcin: I think as much as is in me is, I might make this one of my mantras, like the game of the century. Like the game vs the allies. I am taking my own medicine. Live long and prosper my fellow chessplayers|
|Jan-01-12|| ||playground player: Did Anderssen invent this opening for his match with Morphy, or had he used it before?|
|Jan-31-12|| ||keypusher: <playground player> The games against Morphy are Anderssen's oldest with 1.a3 in the database. Someone with access to old periodicals could tell you if there were any earlier. In any case, Anderssen maneuvered into a Sicilian Reversed inspired (I think) by this defeat:|
Anderssen vs Wyvill, 1851
|Apr-20-12|| ||Rook e2: Hm, is Anderssens opening a sign of underestimation? Has no one ever thought this might have contributed to his big loss against Morphy?|
|Apr-20-12|| ||keypusher: <Rook e2: Hm, is Anderssens opening a sign of underestimation? Has no one ever thought this might have contributed to his big loss against Morphy?>|
No and no. Anderssen started playing 1.a3 when (i) he was well behind in the match and (ii) he had gotten some relatively poor positions with 1.e4 e5.
See benzol's index of the match.
Game Collection: WCC Index [ Morphy - Anderssen 1858 ]
And we know 1.a3 didn't contribute to his defeat because he got good positions with it and scored relatively well with it. (+1-1=1)
|Mar-20-14|| ||RookFile: This game is a courageous effort by Anderssen after he had already suffered some crushing defeats.|
|Dec-06-14|| ||Mudphudder: Excellent game by Anderssen. Still hard to believe that Morphy lost to 1.a3!|
|Jun-06-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: <Petrosianic: ... That's why in pro wrestling they have such a wealth of ways for a Face to lose without losing cleanly. Outside interference, a distraction, some kind of deus ex machina. Hulk Hogan lost his first title after 4 years, because the bad guys bribed the referee's twin brother, and had him switch places just before the match.>|
You made a comparison with pro wrestling? (wrasslin') You know that it's choreographed, right?
|Aug-20-15|| ||Penguincw: Would anyone recommend playing 1.a3 in a blitz game (to try to catch your opponent off guard)?|
|Aug-20-15|| ||RookFile: Sure. I think it's fine over the board too. In this game Anderssen essentially played the Sicilian Kan with an extra move. You have to be realistic in your expectations, i.e. white has no right to claim an objective adventage, but it may help you get the type of game you want.|
|Aug-20-15|| ||andrewjsacks: Anderssen's play here is strong and remarkably "modern."|
|Aug-20-15|| ||Once: <Penguincw: Would anyone recommend playing 1.a3 in a blitz game (to try to catch your opponent off guard)?>|
For occasional surprise value, why not? Treat it as if you were playing Black with an extra a3 thrown in.
You would be giving away the slight advantage that white gets with his first move, but as compensation your opponent may have to think a bit more about whether his white openings still work so well if you have sneaked an extra move in.
Might also be good against an aggressive opponent if you intend to play a closed or hypermodern game.
Objectively, it's not as good as a more classical white opening, but OTB it might have some pragmatic benefits.
|Aug-20-15|| ||morfishine: The logic behind <1.a3> is simple: If the Sicilian is good, why not play it with a move in hand?|
|Aug-20-15|| ||kevin86: Is this why that Anderssen is given "credit" for this passive, quaint opening?|
|Aug-20-15|| ||mruknowwho: I guess Anderssen didn't want to give Morphy much space to work with. That's what I gather from the fact that he retreated his bishop on the 20th move rather than capture the pawn on f5.|
|Aug-20-15|| ||newzild: I agree with <andrewjsacks> that this game is remarkably modern.|
Both players avoid exchanging pieces at appropriate times, both players fight for counterplay in the ending, etc.
Really, a very interesting game.
|Aug-20-15|| ||AylerKupp: <morfishine> If you have your heart set on playing the Sicilian with a move in hand, 1.c4 probably accomplishes that more straightforwardly.|
|Aug-20-15|| ||coolconundrum: If you just wanna play the Sicilian reversed though surely C4 is a better route to take. |
A3 suggests a certain amount of romantic daring.
|Aug-20-15|| ||RookFile: Anderssen knew that Morphy wouldn't play something like 1...d5.|
|Aug-20-15|| ||zanzibar: As already pointed out by <nimh>:|
Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858 (kibitz #44)
Up to move 29 there's been some nice maneuvering, but White has the space advantage, and b-pair.
click for larger view
Maybe Morphy was growing impatient, and wanted to force a breakout on the K-side with 29...g5?
What Morphy didn't appreciate, and Anderssen didn't find, was the power of the X-rays, c2-c5, and c3-h8.
So, if Anderssen had found 31.c5! the b6-pawn falls (with best play), and Black has his hands full with a dangerous passer.
Otherwise, play over the game after 31.c5 bxc5 32.cxd5 Bf8 33.Bc4 Qe7 34.Ra8. Black is down a piece and a half due to the pins.
(White has a lot of options on move 31, but the move 31.c5 best crystallizes the weaknesses in Black's position. Precise and accurate.)
|Aug-20-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: Today's pun is much more clever than yesterday's Loch Ness/Look: Ne5 mess.|
|Oct-11-15|| ||The Kings Domain: Excellent positional play by Anderssen at the start of the game, his pieces were poised for good attacks on both black's kingside and queenside. If his games were as sound as this throughout the match he may have won it.|
|Nov-24-15|| ||Domdaniel: <kevin> 1.a3 is neither passive nor quaint.|
'Passive' implies a lack of active play: but playing the Reversed Sicilian is a very active plan.
'Quaint' means old-fashioned: but this line can be very modern.
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