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Adolf Anderssen vs Paul Morphy
"Grand Opening" (game of the day Aug-20-2015)
Anderssen - Morphy (1858), Paris FRA, rd 10, Dec-27
Anderssen Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0


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  Sneaky: There's nothing wrong with 1.a3!
Dec-04-02  Kenneth Sterling: I admire the official world champions, but these are the games from which I derive the most enjoyment.
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  Honza Cervenka: 1.a3 is not bad especially if black's answer is 1...e5. White can choose then some opening in which move a3 is quite useful, for example (as Anderssen in this game) any variation of Sicilian with changed colors.
Dec-04-02  drukenknight: why not grab the RP when he had the chance? (71st move)
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  Honza Cervenka: If 71...Kxh7, then 72.Kf6 with intention to play 73.f5 and 74.Ke7 with next advancing of d-pawn or f-pawn.
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  Sneaky: Honza, you are correct.

It seems like in most openings, Black can play ...a6 at some point. 1.a3 e5 2.c4 is a reversed sicilian, and we all know that ...a6 is a good sicilian move. But 1.a3 d5 2.d4 is like a reversed queen's pawn opening, only now if Black tries to turn it into a reversed queen's gambit (2...c5?!) he gets stung with dxc5 and b4.

Do you have an opinion how Black should proceed in order to prove 1.a3 a waste of time?

Dec-05-02  SEVEN: 1. ...a6 (Ha, ha)
Dec-05-02  drukenknight: 72...Rf1 if the R takes both pawns (and how can he not?), then its draw, does it not look as if Morphy was playing for the win and not the draw?
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  Honza Cervenka: I would try probably 1...Nf6 waiting what white wants to play. Something like 2...d6, 3...g6, 4...Bg7, 5...0-0 etc. seems to be like not bad plan but of course black can change his plans reacting on white's intentions and moves.
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  Honza Cervenka: DK, how do you want to take both pawns after 71...Kxh7 72.Kf6 Rf1 73.f5?
Dec-06-02  Kenneth Sterling: I think Morphy could have resigned safely about ten moves sooner.
Dec-06-02  Kulla Tierchen: Can a win be found for Morphy? A new 29th move perhaps?
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  Honza Cervenka: 29...g5 seems to be too optimistic. Something like 29...Rb8 defending queen side would be certainly more suitable but white's position is undoubtedly better thanks to bishop pair and control of a-line.
Dec-06-02  ughaibu: At move 29 I prefer Anderssen's position but I dont see any reason to believe either side can be demonstrated to be winning at that point.
Sep-01-03  Benjamin Lau: It is just me, or does Morphy appear to be weaker in closed positions?
Dec-19-03  morphyvsfischer: 1 ... d5 looks fine. Then either ...e5 or, if white plays d4 or Nf3, c5 (if f4, ...e6 is a good looking move). Now a3 looks silly so early!
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  InspiredByMorphy: Well put morphyvsfischer. Cool name by the way. Although I really wish e5 plays could take advantage of whites first move, the transpositioning sicilian is incredibly annoying. I like to play 1.d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.d4 Nc6 4.dxc e5 or 1.d5 2.d4 Nf3 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4
Jan-06-04  morphyvsfischer: <Benjamin Lau> I think you are right. Morphy plays 5 ... Nxe4 all the time, doesnt he??
Jan-06-04  morphyvsfischer: Oh BTW thanks Inspired ByMorphy. I've made a change against 2f4, playing c5 instead. And if 2 c4 anyways (I actually tried it against my computer, and won), then 2 ...d4 turns the game into a reversed Benoni with an added plus of white preventing the Taminov Variation Reversed. A3 is useful there after all! (But the Four Pawns reversed or the Old Main Line reversed=ouch)
Feb-13-04  Whitehat1963: Morphy's longest in the database.
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  InspiredByMorphy: 21. ... b6
22. Qa2 Nf6
23. Re2 Nd5
24. Bxd5 cxd5
25. Qxd5 Rf6
26. a5 Qc7
27. axb6 axb6
28. Bb2 Rd8
29. Qb3 b5
30. Qxb5 Be7
31. c4 Rb6
32. Qxf5 Qxc4
33. Ref2 Qd3
34. Qf7 Bf8
35. Re1 Rdb8
36. Bc1 Bb4
37. Rb2 Rc8
38. Qd7 Rf8
39. Rf1 Rfb8
40. Ra2 Bf8
41. f5 R6b7
42. Qc6 Rb6
43. Qc2 Rb4
44. Qxd3 exd3
45. Ra3 Rb3
46. Rxb3 Rxb3
47. e4 Bb4
48. Be3 Kg8
49. e5 Bc3
50. Rd1 d2
51. Kf1 Rb4
52. g4 g6
53. h4 gxf5
54. gxf5 Bxd4
55. Bxd2 Rb5
56. Bg5 Bxe5
57. Rd8+ Kf7
58. Rd7+ Ke8
59. Rd2 h6
60. Bxh6 Bf6
61. Rf2 Bxh4
62. Rf3 Kf7
63. Bd2 Bf6
64. Kg2 Rb2
65. Rf2 Bh4
66. Re2 Bg5
67. Bxg5 Rxe2+
and draws.
Jun-03-04  fred lennox: Anderssen massive attacks are not as agile as Morphy. If somewhat inflexible it had strength in endurance. Once he has his momentum going he was dangerous, as his two victories against Morphy show, both over 70 moves.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The Anderssen Attack was my #1 opening in high school--I didn't have time to study all openings, so I focused on Black and played this as White. Weakest response: 1.a3,a5?; 2.e4! 1...a6 is not as good as it looks; in my games, my extra move tended to prove more useful than Black's. After 1...e5, 2.c4 is not as good as you might think; if it were, you'd see a lot more of 1.c4,e5; 2.a3. No one fell for the positional trap 1.a3,e5; 2.c4,Nf6; 3.d3,d5?!;,Nd5; 5.Nf3,Nc6; 6.g3 with a good reversed Najdorf/Dragon hybrid. I used to try 2.e4 and play a good double KP with colors reversed, but later turned to 2.d3. After 1.a3,d5; 2.Nf3,c5; 3.c4,d4; 4.b4,cb; 5.Bb2 is a Benko with no pawn sac. After 1.a3,c5 I would try 2.c4. The best move for Black is 1...g6. White should try 2.g3, and each side will try to manouver into a game in which he/she has Black with a move in hand. In well-played games, my opponents and I would end up playing, for lack of a better term, the Grey pieces!
Aug-13-04  Everett: Against 1.a3 a strong line for black would no doubt be the closed Sicilian.
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  InspiredByMorphy: What a hideously long kibitz I left earlier. Chessmaster analysis is not what its cracked up to be. Anderssen plays very strongly in this game, and deserved to win. 12. ...Rh6 only looks good. It is premature, and did almost no good for Morphy. Steinitz claims that Anderssen had a stronger move in the game with 33.Qb7 although I dont personally find this to be stronger. One thing for certain that Anderssen missed that wins quicker was a discovered check with 37.d5+
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