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Adolf Anderssen vs Paul Morphy
Paris player 1 (1858)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Defense (C39)  ·  1-0


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  InspiredByMorphy: In a nutshell, instead of trying to bring another piece into action and sacrificing a rook for an all out king attack, Morphy may have been able to play Rxc2+ a move earlier with safety.
Jun-17-04  waddayaplay: After 24..Rf2 in your line, 25. hxg6 Rxf4 26. gxf wins for white.
Jan-18-05  Halfpricemidge: Does Morphy's moves toward the end remind anyone of RJF's game of the century?
Jun-25-05  OJC: This is one of the six casual KGA games played after the match, of which Morphy won 5 and Anderssen won this one only. The total time for the six games was 3 hours, according to Sergeant.

Anderssen really had to earn this victory from Morphy.

Interesting how it goes downhill for Morphy after winning the exchange with 15. ... Bxd1. Anderssen's pieces coordinate beautifully.

19. Bb5 is a great move, setting up for 20. Re1+ and 21. Re8 crippling Morphy's queenside. If 20. ... Kf8 then mate in 2.

Nice combination to finish starting with 29. Bg5+. Even when Morphy loses, he does not go down easily and somehow generates a lot of counterplay in losing positions.

Anderssen impressively kept his nerves strong even though he had lost 4 games to Morphy in the previous couple of hours.

Jun-26-05  schnarre: <OJC> Is this the one where Sergeant remarks," In none of his other games...does Anderssen show his skill so brilliantly" ?
Jun-26-05  Knight13: Brilliant game won by Anderssen. He played the game with brilliant skill!
Jun-26-05  OJC: < schnarre > Yes it is.
Jun-26-05  OJC: Sergeant: Commenting after 13. O-O-O

< "Giving up the exchange and securing in return a tremendous attack. In none of his other games against Morphy does Anderssen show his skill so brilliantly." >

Morphy got a dose of his own medicine; "greedily" going after the exchange while his queenside was completely undeveloped.

Jun-26-05  Koster: remember this was a casual game, not a match game. Not saying morphy threw the game but it didn't look like his best effort by any means. very unlike Morphy to chase material and leave his queenside undeveloped.
Jun-26-05  OJC: < Koster > Maybe he thought the exchange was worth it because he did develop the Q bishop in the process.

Morphy certainly wasn't having a bad day since the other five games were absolute thrashings with only one lasting longer than 24 moves (35).

Jun-28-05  schnarre: Gotta love the Classics!
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  InspiredByMorphy: My analysis is flawed. Not only that but it was completely unnecessary to post such a long winded variation. It really offers little for discussion. Concerning my variation, see waddayaplay's post above.
Jun-29-05  schnarre: <InspiredByMorphy> Don't let it discourage you.
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  beatgiant: <InspiredByMorphy, waddayaplay> Actually, I don't see how it is clearly won for White after 22.... Rxc2+ 23. Kd1 Kg7 24. h5 Rf2 25. hxg6 Rxf4 26. gxf7 Rxf7, for example 27. Nxf7 Kxf7 28. Rc8 a5 29. Bc6 Nxc6 30. Rxa8 Ke6 etc.
Jul-13-05  waddayaplay: It is perhaps not completely won anyways :)

I remember think at the time (a year ago ) that people should think for themselves, to learn :-) , so I wasn't just trying to debunk variations.. Sometimes people tell me I sound a little harsh :) Had I written it today I would probably have added "how would you play if... "

As said, don't let it discourage you :)

<beatgiant> The variation you give is interesting. But after 30...Ke6 black seems to win the h-pawn.

Certainly some precision is necessary in order to win a R+2p vs N+2p endgame, but I don't think Anderssen would mind . without time limits they could be playing for days...

Jul-15-05  schnarre: < without time limits they could be playing for days...>True enough!
Nov-08-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Anderssen 3 mistakes:
8.Qe2 -0.45 (8.exd5 0.47)
10.d4 0.28 (10.exd5+ 0.91)
23.Rxa8 2.57 (23.Bg5+ 4.17)

Morphy 7 mistakes:
8...Bd6 0.38 (8...d4 -0.45)
9...c6 0.91 (9...d4 0.41)
12...Kd8 0.72 (12...Kf8 0.29)
21...Bg6 2.34 (21...Bf3 1.11)
22...Nc6 4.17 (22...Kg7 2.03)
27...Rxb2 3.16 (27...Nh2+ 2.14)
28...Rxa2 4.16 (28...Kg6 3.19)

Jan-18-09  WhiteRook48: It's hard to believe Morphy has a lost end-game.
Jan-20-09  WhiteRook48: so 27...Rxb2 and 28...Rxa2 are mistakes, shows you: Don't pawn grab!
May-20-10  ariel el luchador: Esta partida demuestra que Anderssen era más imaginativo que Morphy ,lamentablemente Morphy era mejor jugador,es la única partida en la que Anderssenpudo pintar a Morphy
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  keypusher: <ariel el luchador: Esta partida demuestra que Anderssen era más imaginativo que Morphy ,lamentablemente Morphy era mejor jugador,es la única partida en la que Anderssenpudo pintar a Morphy>

How does this game show that Anderssen was more imaginative than Morphy?

Mar-04-11  ariel el luchador: Morphy dificilmente hacía sacrificios de calidad sino veía con claridad un jaque mate,no tenía tanta imaginación,aqui Anderssen hace una jugada rara:D2R que plantea un sacrificio de calidad solo basado en el mal desarrollo negro pero no se ve con claridad ningún jaque mate y como impedir el desarrollo negro lo cual es imprescindible en esta posición porque se cambiaron damas ,nunca vi a Morphy hacer un plan semejante y menos con un cambio de dama.
Sep-29-11  skcin: I notice that the open lines anderssen uses here is very similiar to morphy's usual play... Was anderssen using morphy's weapons against him ????? Yo Hablo espanol muy mallo. If I can find my spanish books I will try to become muy bien. If I can't I plan on studying the lanquage online. Thanks
Aug-31-14  Christoforus Polacco: 'Rybka'' is stupid :)
8.Qe2 is not mistake.

Probably in the famous ''The immortal game'' if the rival of Kieseritzky was not Anderssen but ''Rybka'' the game would have been very boring. 'Rybka'' would have been unable to avail the same errors of Kieseritzky for beautiful winning. It would be game without soul....

Sep-01-14  Christoforus Polacco: Move number ten (10.d4!) also is good.
Computers program is too schematic.

But anyway in tournament condition (time-trouble) is worth to play such endings until mate :) White hasn't pawns. Even grandmasters sometimes play endgame : knight and bishop against king. It's 50- move rule . Easy to make mistake (especially not grandmasters :) Morphy resigned cause of respect for his great opponent. Great but a some unlucky against him ...

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