Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

register now - it's free!
Jakob Rosanes vs Adolf Anderssen
"Rosanes Barred" (game of the day Feb-26-05)
Breslau - (1863)  ·  King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Anderssen Defense (C39)  ·  0-1
To move:
Last move:

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 50 times; par: 29 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 6 more J Rosanes/Anderssen games
sac: 11...Nxc6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can display posts in reverse order, by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page and checking the option "Display newest kibitzes on top."

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with the default chess viewer, please see the Pgn4web Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Feb-12-06  Joao Quintas Godinho: How i love Romantic periode...
Apr-02-06  DeepBlade: A really neat wednesday puzzle, dont you think?
20. ...?
Apr-02-06  notsodeepthought: I agree that the position might lend itself to a Wed puzzle but I suspect this game is simply too famous for that, regardless of the day. This is probably Anderssen's most famous combo other than the "Evergreen" and the "Immortal".
May-15-07  BabalooMoon: <Sargon 1 > If 20.Ne4 then 20...Qb5 and I think White is still lost.

Premium Chessgames Member
  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Rosanes 2 mistakes:
18.Na4 -5.23 (18.a4 -0.96)
20.a4 #4 (20.Ne4 -1.62)

Anderssen 2 mistakes:
14...Bf5 -0.71 (14...Qe7+ -1.87)
18...Qa6 -1.49 (18...Qb4 -5.23)

Oct-13-08  CharlesSullivan: If 14.Kf2, Kasparov (in MGP-I, pp.29-31) gives 14...Nxh1+ 15.Qxh1 g3+ 16.Ke1 Qe7+ 17.Kd1 Bg4+ 18.Bf3 Bxf3+ 19.gxf3 Rg8 20.Qg2 Qxh4 21.Ke2 Qh2 22.Kf1 h5 and "the advance of the h-pawn is decisive." If we continue with Kasparov's idea, play would be 23.Nc3 h4 24.Ne2 h3 25.Qg1 Kg7 26.Bd2 Kf6 27.c4 Kf5 28.Rd1 Bc7 29.c5 Bd8 30.Bxf4 g2+ 31.Kf2 Bh4+ 32.Ke3 and Black's kingside threats look impressive:

click for larger view

But White has an extra knight and pawn; after 32...Qxg1+ 33.Nxg1 Re8+ 34.Kd3 Kxf4 35.Nxh3+ Kxf3 36.Ng1+ Kf2 37.d5 Rh8 38.Nh3+ Kg3 39.Ng1 Bg5 40.Ke4 the computers cannot find a win for Black, who is still a pawn down.

After 14.Kf2 Nxh1+ 15.Qxh1, Black has a somewhat lengthy winning line that begins with 15...Kg7! (instead of Kasparov's 15...g3+).

But the best way to win after 14.Kf2 is 14...Ba6! 15.Bd5 Nxh1+ 16.Qxh1 g3+ 17.Kf3 Qf6 18.Nc3 Rg8 19.Bc6 Qf5 and White is busted; for example: 20.Qd1 Qg4+ 21.Ke4 Qg6+ 22.Kf3 f5! 23.Bxf4 Qg4+ 24.Ke3 Bxf4#.

The "best play" line is probably 14.Kf2 Ba6! 15.Nc3 Nxh1+ 16.Qxh1 g3+ 17.Ke1 Qxa8 18.Kd1 (if 18.d5 then 18...Qc8! 19.Bd2 Qc5! etc.) 18...Bb7 19.Bxf4 Bxf4 20.Qf1 Qb8 21.Ne2 Bh6 22.Qf6 Bg7 23.Qf1 Rg8 24.c3 Bh6 25.b3 Qd8 26.Qh1 Qf6 27.Kc2 Qf2 and Black's winning advantage is clear.

Oct-14-08  CharlesSullivan: Kasparov [in MGP-I, p.31] tries to refute Reti's suggested 15.Bc6 with 15...Qe7+ 16.Kf2 Ne4+

click for larger view

17.Bxe4[??] g3+ 18.Kg1 gxh2+ "etc."

but 17.Kf1! should prompt Black to play 17...Ng3+ 18.Kf2 Ne4+ 19.Kf1 Ng3+ with a draw by repetition, since 17...g3 18.Rh1 Nf2 19.Qe2 Nxh1 20.Qxe7+ Kxe7 21.Nc3 leaves White with an extra pawn and the winning chances.

Oct-14-08  CharlesSullivan: <After Reti's 15.Bc6>, Black's winning line is 15...Qb6! (not Kasparov's 15...Qe7+). The main variation continues 16.Ba4 Qa6 17.Kf2 Qxa4 18.Na3 Bxa3 19.Bxf4 Ne4+ 20.Kg1 Bxb2 21.c3 Qc6 22.g3 Bxa1 23.Qxa1 Kg7 and <Black has a knight for a pawn and a clearly winning position.> Other tries for White after 15.Bc6 Qb6! are (a) 16.Bd5 Kg7! (b) 16.Ba8 Kg7! and (c) 16.c4 Qxc6 -- all of which can be shown to win for Black.
Oct-14-08  CharlesSullivan: The most interesting try to save the game is <15.Bf3!!>

click for larger view

Now 15...Qe7+ 16.Kf2 Ne4+ 17.Kf1! gxf3!? 18.gxf3 Ng3+ 19.Kf2 Qe6 20.Nc3 Qc4 21.Rg2 does not lead to a Black advantage, so the correct continuation is <15...gxf3! 16.gxf3 Rg8!! 17.Nc3 Qc8!!>

click for larger view

At this point, I have investigated many tries for White, such as (a) 18.Rf2 Rg6! 19.Qd2 Bb4 (b) 18.a4 Qe6+ 19.Kf2 Qg6 and (c) 18.Rg2 Bh3 19.Rg1 Qe8+, all of which come up short. The long main variation is <18.h5 Qc6 19.Qd2> (going for a variation in which queens come off the board) <19...Qxf3 20.Qg2 Qg4 21.Bd2 f3 22.Qg1 Ne4! 23.Qxg4 Rxg4>

click for larger view

White still has a material advantage (rook & pawn vs. bishop), but Black's attack rages; for example: <24.Bh6+ Ke8 25.Rh1 Nxc3 26.bxc3 Rg2 27.Rc1 Be6 28.Kd1 Bc4 29.Be3 f2 30.Bxf2 Rxf2 31.Rg1 Bf4 32.Rb1 Kf8>

click for larger view

At this point you can see that White's position is dire, and after <33.Rb4 Bd5 34.Ke1 Rh2 35.Rf1 Bd2+ 36.Kd1 Bxc3 37.Ra4 a5 38.Ra3 Bxd4 39.Rf4 Bb6>

click for larger view

Black has, at last, a clearly won position.

Feb-20-09  dwavechess: 18/23 78%! for Anderssen with Rybka 3 at 3 min. per move
Apr-14-10  The Rocket: Beautiful
Jul-22-10  jbtigerwolf: I liked 12...♗d7. It looks as if Anderssen botched the early middle game, but has won through sheer skill.

I agree with refutor's comment of 8 years ago. He was some player! Interesting how he tried to hang onto the pawn, unless it was a ruse.

Can't help but feel White must have made a mistake somewhere.

Sep-10-10  sevenseaman: Its a very dramatic finish. This is incomparable entertainment.
Sep-10-10  sevenseaman: <Sneaky> Your 8-year old comment seem so apt.
Sep-12-10  Whitehat1963: Wednesday/Thursday puzzle after 20. a4.
Mar-20-11  zev22407: Any interesting ideas on 14)R-g1?
I think 14)..K-g7 To free the rook on h8
Premium Chessgames Member
  henjutsu: Didn't see anyone discussing this possibility, thought I'd throw it out. I think an alternative winning variation for Anderssen after 19 could have been:


The only safe spots for the queen are Qg2, Qd2, Qxc2.

If 20) Qd2 or Qxc2, black can respond with Qf1++.

If 20) Qg2, then ...Re2+. Nxe2, Qxe2++.

This isn't as pretty of a win as what Anderssen played though.

Blocking with the white d5 bishop or c3 knight does not change the situation.

Perhaps the only defense vs this attack could be Bxf4, but that still loses the queen for white.

Jul-13-12  Amarande: The 19th century game collection "Chess brilliants" by John Odin Howard Taylor cites this same win by Anderssen (Game 2), but gives White's name as a "Herr Mieses."

Tartakower and du Mont's 500 Master Games of Chess on the other hand cites White as having the surname Rosanes.

Which is correct, or did Anderssen not only win this classic brilliancy for Black in the King's Gambit, but did so twice, against different opponents?

Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <Amarande> Interesting. Rosanes is the only name I ever recall seeing associated with the game, but Samuel Mieses (Jacques' uncle) attended Breslau University around this time and was a pupil of Anderssen.

Worth investigating.

Jul-28-13  Chessist:
May-26-14  rossvassilev: why not 20.dxe5?
May-26-14  Karpova: <rossvassilev: why not 20.dxe5?>

20...Qb6+ 21.Ke1 Qg1+ 22.Kd2 Qe3# (sacrificing the ♕ or ♗c1 won't stop mate).

Jan-23-16  Joker2048: Anderssen has no fear of the loosing his queen or his knights or rooks or bishops. He's just going for mate his opponent, what a brilliant player, I've seen many mates from this guy and I know he's the God of courage. Bravo
Nov-03-16  Hunter16: Can anyone tell me if 21...Bd4 also wins?
Thank you.
Nov-03-16  bachiller: <Hunter> 21...Bxd4 was actually played. Perhaps you mean 20...Bxd4?
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Black seemingly has enough weapons still.
from The Kamikaze Collection by sevenseaman
kings gambit accepted
by nadvil
Queen Sacrifices
by MetalPlastic
Anderssen Genious
from Games Rybka likes! by dwavechess
How to Attack
by ghardy1988
newbie inspiration's favorite games
by newbie inspiration
Anderssen crushes Rosanes in a KGA again
from Bio: Adolf Anderssen by Penguincw
Chess Prehistory
by Joe Stanley
AA at his best
from attack_1900 by heuristic
nice games
by had2x
from Checkmates 18+ by Kasputin
Ten Romantic Masterpieces
by TommyC
great players
by pokerram48
game 2 kieseritzky gambit
from Richard Reti's Masters of the Chessboard games by Takchessbooks
Anderssen as Black - 13/4 2006!
from Greatest Games of the Greatest Players by trumvirvel
working on
by wwm
maxruen's favorite games
by maxruen
HAL1's favorite games
by HAL1
Selected 19th century games
by atrifix
KGA Kieseritsky Gambit Anderssen Def (C39) 0-1 Counter Attack!
from Hammer the 6th Rank (Black hits 3rd Rank) by fredthebear
plus 102 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC