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Berthold Suhle vs Adolf Anderssen
"Pin Cushion" (game of the day May-15-2016)
Cologne (1859), Cologne GER
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  0-1


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May-30-04  fred lennox: Anderssen may be the boldest handler of rooks of his century, at least before 1890. Sometimes too bold though those mainly occur in his earlier years - I suspect he took note of Morphy's discreet restrain in handling the major pieces. So I like to dwell on the rook for a bit. The rook is the only piece which cannot fork and can only retreat one way. He's powerful but rigid. Since the rook does not gain power by being centrally located, one way to give the rook flexibility is to close the center and open up the wings. For a rook is far superior to a minor piece in shifting attack from wing to wing. This is white's strategy. Black isn't caught unaware. 29...Rde8 is subtle. It makes the devastating 33...Rg1+ possible.
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  offramp: <fred lennox: ...The rook is the only piece which cannot fork...> Anand vs Kramnik, 2005
Sep-26-06  RonB52734: <offramp> excellent example!
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  offramp: Another example is move 39 in Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984. They are pretty rare, though.
Aug-05-07  NguyenVo: Wow, a Modern Variation game played in 1859. This must have looked quite strange back then.
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  heuristic: mo' better moves:

12...Qxb2 13.Qe1 Bxd4 14.Nxd4 Nc5 15.Be2

21.Qd2 d4 22.Bxd4 b5 23.Kg2 Qe7

25...Bxf3+ 26.Qxf3 Qc6 27.Qxc6+ bxc6 28.Rad1

26.Bd6 Qf7 27.Rac1 Rxd6 28.exd6 Kb8

30.Rf2 Kd8 31.Rxc6 Qxc6 32.Qxc6 bxc6

31...Rg4 32.Rf1 Reg8 33.Rc2 Kd8 34.Rxc6

33.Rdc5 Kd7 34.Rxc6 bxc6 35.Qd3 Qb7

33...Rg4 34.Rdc3 Reg8 35.Qxc6+ Qxc6 36.Rxc6+

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  Phony Benoni: More than once, you find yourself saying, "He can't play that!" Then you blink, rub your eyes, and lo and behold -- he can!

Better moves aside, we must pay tribute to al the brain cells that gave their lives in the making of this game.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 31...Qc7 was not only brilliant defense and attack at the same time, it was also laugh-out-loud funny. And so was Suhle's imaginative response.
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  al wazir: Why didn't white take the ♘ with 28. Qxh4 ?
May-15-16  Shams: <aw> 28.Qxh4 Bxf3+ 29.Rxf3 Qd1+ 30.Rf1 Qd5+ mates.
May-15-16  AlicesKnight: <An Englishman> Agreed fully. The sequence of unpins, self-pins and deflection from Black's 31st to his 33rd move brings joy to problem-addicts.
May-15-16  RandomVisitor: Worth a diagram, after 31...Qc7 32.Rd5, black finds the Houdini-like escape in 32...Qb6 and follows by 33.Rd3 with 33...Rg1+

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May-15-16  RandomVisitor: The simple 26.Bd6 wins
May-15-16  RandomVisitor: 21.a4 and 22...b6 are missed wins for each side
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  catlover: Beautiful game.

I wonder why in the opening Anderssen didn't play 12...Qxb2.

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  morfishine: <RandomVisitor: The simple 26.Bd6 wins> I was wondering about that
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  andrewjsacks: High humor in some of this pinning and counter-pinning.
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  kevin86: Whole lot a pinnin' goin' round!
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