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Adolf Anderssen vs Emil Schallopp
Berlin (1864), Berlin GER
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  0-1


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  offramp: That's Schallop!
Apr-07-14  estrick: Anderssen actually lost a lot of games like this . . .
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  morfishine: Black schalps White with 34...Rh3+


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  patzer2: The mating combination begins with 32...Rg3+! when it's mate-in-three following 33. Kh4 Nf5+ 34. Kh5 Rg5#, or mate-in-four after 33. Kh2 Nxf3+ 34. Kh1 Rh3+ 35. gxh3 Rh2#.

The strong move to set this combo up was 29...Rf5!!

Earlier, White's blunder was 12. Nxd5??

Instead, 12. Bb3 to offered a winning advantage.

Of course this was 1864 and I suppose playing it safe and solid with 12. Bb3 didn't fit Anderssen's swashbuckling style in the Romantic era of Chess.

Apr-07-14  Ratt Boy: <patzer2: The mating combination begins with 32...Rg3+! when it's mate-in-three following 33. Kh4 Nf5+ 34. Kh5 Rg5#, or mate-in-four after 33. Kh2 Nxf3+ 34. Kh1 Rh3+ 35. gxh3 Rh2#.>

That should be 33. ♔h4 ♘f5+ 34. ♔h5 g6#, I believe.

Apr-07-14  Makavelli II: Rh3+ gxf (forced) and Rh2#

Monday's are very easy :)

Apr-07-14  zb2cr: Nice. Anderssen gets smacked by Schallop. White has a devastating threat of mate next move, so Black begins with a check: 34. ... Rh3+. One forced move, and it's mate--
35. gxh3, Rh2#.
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  patzer2: <Ratt Boy> <That should be 33. Kh4 Nf5+ 34. Kh5 g6#> You're correct as 33. Kh4 Nf5+ 34. Kh5 Rg5+?? (instead of 34...g6#) 35. Kxg5 throws away the mate and loses.

Black can make ...Rg5# work after 33. Kh4 Nf5+ 34. Kh5 h6 (instead of the immediate 34...g6#),

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when White must sacrifice both Rooks to delay ...Rg5# for five moves with 35. Re8+ Kh7 36. Rh8+ Kxh8 37. Rd8+ Kh7 38. Rh8+ Kxh8 39. a4 Rg5#.

Apr-07-14  TheTamale: This is made easier by one thing: Black's first move must be check (else he's mated on the spot), greatly reducing his options!
Apr-07-14  YetAnotherAmateur: Yes, I went with the game line: 34. ... Rh3+ 35. gxh3 Rh2# is obviously the right way to go.

The next-best line is probably 34. ... Nxe1 35. Rd8+ Kf7 36. Rd7+ Kg6 37. Rd6+ Kh5 38. Rd5+ g5 and then white is powerless to stop Rxg2 followed by Rh3#. But this is clearly annoyingly difficult when a simple rook sac would suffice.

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  Sneaky: Not to nitpick, but 34...Nxe1 wins brainlessly, just with less panache. We have to view it as a mate-in-two puzzle.

I used to have a chess friend who despised mate-in-two puzzles, because he'd argue "If I was in this position I would win easily, even if it takes me 3 or 4 moves instead of 2." I told him, "Pretend it's a blitz game and you only have two seconds on the clock—every move counts!"

Apr-07-14  Nullifidian: 34... ♖h3+ 35. ♙gxh3 ♖h2#
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Apr-07-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: And when it came to defense, not a single hoot was given.
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  perfidious: <Sneaky: Not to nitpick, but 34...Nxe1 wins brainlessly....>

There is a <BrainlessSocialist> who would take that way home.

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  Once: But that's not the finish that the crowd wants to see, is it?

34...Nxe1 35. Kh2

Or anything else really. There's not much that white can do to delay the mate.

35...Rcxg2+ 36. Kh1

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And now I know that 36...Rh3# is the mercy execution, but that's not the move that the crowd want to see either.

36...R2g1+ 37. Kg2 Nf3#

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Stabbed by a rapier through the bars of his cell. Nasty.

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  Patriot: 34...Rh3+ and mate next.
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  Penguincw: Rook sac followed by an Arabian mate. Easy.

The position after 34.Kh1 I find kinda interesting, as it's the side to move will mate (or mate in 2).

Apr-07-14  BOSTER: Looking at the POTD I'd say that pawn g2 was pinning. But this pin is not what we can see very often

This is another ex.

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White to play.

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  thegoodanarchist: Ah yes, a game from the good ol' days when real men played until checkmate! No sissy resignation for Adolf.
Apr-07-14  LIFE Master AJ: 12.Bb3 would have just given White the better game ... I have no idea why Anderssen sacked the piece, except that this was just the way chess was played back then ... the notion of a "correct" sacrifice did not yet exist.
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  kevin86: Here's the beauty of an Arabian Mate- proceeded by a rook sacrifice! Truly an immortal--- only Anderssen is the victim, not the victor.
Apr-10-14  LIFE Master AJ: <Truly an immortal--- only Anderssen is the victim, not the victor.>

Both funny ... and true!

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  ChessCoachClark: I like this game for the fact that Black had to execute the Arabian Mate while being faced with a Back Rank Mate against him.
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