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|May-21-14|| ||kereru: Anderssen could be scathing. Asked what Morphy thought of his play, he replied:|
"It was impossible for Morphy to express an opinion on this subject, as I did not go to Paris to get a certificate of ability. Those who surrounded the American, however, seemed to think that they flattered me most when they said, how high an opinion he had of my play, and that he considered me the strongest of all opponents he had met till now. But to be reckoned stronger than a Lowenthal, I consider next door to nothing."
|Jul-06-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Adolf Anderssen. A while ago, I made a bio of him: Game Collection: Bio: Adolf Anderssen.|
|Oct-11-14|| ||Big Pawn: A question for chess historians and Anderssen fans: Do you think Anderssen's style changed after Morphy entered the scene in the late 1850's? Morphy was influential and changed the way the game was played but did Anderssen also change his style a bit?|
|Dec-06-14|| ||offramp: He is often, understandably, forgotten when people talk about the best players of all time. Perhaps there is a bit of reverse snobbery; "He played the Immortal and Evergreen games but these are all old hat!"|
But he was the best player in the world from 1850 to 1870, apart from Morphy's little blip.
And he played hundreds of great games!
Unfortunately, I can't think of any at the moment.
|Jan-23-15|| ||mcgee: >>A question for chess historians and Anderssen fans: Do you think Anderssen's style changed after Morphy entered the scene in the late 1850's? Morphy was influential and changed the way the game was played but did Anderssen also change his style a bit?<<
The general consensus is that he did change his style and start to study the game more seriously. Given that he had few if any bad results in his career other than the Morphy thrashing, it's easy to understand why people feel he might have given a better account of himself in the 1858 match had he studied properly and had plenty of match and tournament practice. The six-year hiatus was an impossible hurdle for him to overcome and he admitted as much.|
Here's an Anderssen game against Steinitz from his tournament win at Baden-Baden in 1870 that I like a lot. It shows how finely his style had evolved - the tactics serve a purpose beyond the idea of a quick checkmate and are combined with excellent positional judgement.
Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1870
|Jan-23-15|| ||mcgee: And another excellent game against Steinitz from their 1866 match. Again, Anderssen had played little or no serious chess after winning at London in 1862 which gives grounds to believe that Steinitz's narrow win (8-6, no draws) may have been reversed in different circumstances. |
Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1866
|Jan-23-15|| ||mcgee: I mean an excellent positional game|
|Apr-04-15|| ||zanzibar: This could go either in Morphy's or Anderssen's page. I put it here since I have a Berliner follow-up:|
— A Paris letter, says: "Mr. Morphy may shortly pay a fiyixg visit to Berlin, for the purpose or playing a few games with Liege, Dafresne and Mayet.
Anderssen particularly requested him so-to do, to close the months of the Berliners.
<New York Daily-Tribune, Thursday Feb 3, 1859 p6>
And note that Anderssen was not a Berliner himself, though the foreign press often identified him as such.
For those interested in a little more about what comes out of the mouths of Berliners:
|May-12-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is ... impossible to keep one's excellence in a little glass casket, like a jewel, to take it out whenever wanted. On the contrary, it can only be conserved by continuous and good practice> - Adolph Anderssen.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <Attack! Always Attack!> - Adolf Anderssen.|
|Jul-06-15|| ||ketchuplover: I hereby change his middle name to Attack.|
|Jul-06-15|| ||offramp: <Zanzibar: This could go either in Morphy's or Anderssen's page. I put it here since I have a Berliner follow-up:
— A Paris letter, says: "Mr. Morphy may shortly pay a fiyixg visit to Berlin>
|Jul-06-15|| ||choosea: > Randomness is scary! After watching this game, I immediately set up a 3m blitz between Morphy and Anderssen in Chessmaster: GM Edition (which is a great program).|
The result left me shocked. After 8 seconds of thinking by Anderssen and 1(!) second by Morphy, they had reached the EXACT same game as here!
>> Morphy plays unofficial world champion Anderssen and blows him off the board.
>> 'Staunton ducked a match with Morphy'.
>> Morphy was simply much better than anyone else in the world.
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858
|Jul-06-15|| ||ughaibu: Mcgee: supposedly Anderssen had the best tournament record before Lasker, but his match results weren't very good.|
|Aug-21-15|| ||WTHarvey: A short, 'no ad' print edition copy of "Adolf Anderssen: 59 brilliancies from his chess games" is available at http://wtharvey.com/andepe.html Find the winning moves.|
|Mar-31-16|| ||offramp: Did you know that the German abbreviation Gmbh stands for Gambit Hotel? |
Anderssen used to live there.
|Sep-18-16|| ||perfidious: <offramp> Indeed Anderssen did, and he gave as good as he got while residing in that venue.|
|Jul-06-17|| ||The Kings Domain: The master at nearly two centuries and the legacy lives on.|
|Jul-06-17|| ||Nosnibor: Our player of the day did not fare so well against Der Lasa in informal matches. Losing 6-3 on known games. Mention of this was made by Staunton in his book of the 1851 Chess Tournament.|
|Jul-06-17|| ||Olavi: Chessmetrics.com has 21 von der Lasa - Anderssen games, AA scoring 7 points. It is not at all clear whether Stunton should be considered number one pre-1851.|
|Jul-06-17|| ||Nosnibor: <Olavi> I agree with your suggestion and based on limited information probably von der Lasa was the strongest having beaten Anderssen during informal games and also beating Staunton in an informal match in 1853 Because of his duties as an ambassador der Lasa only had limited time to play and was due to play in the 1851 Tournament but was unable to enter owing to these duties.|
|Jul-06-17|| ||vermapulak: As per wiki :-
He played several matches and defeated the strongest masters in the period 1843–1853. He won against Henry Thomas Buckle 2-1 (1843), Adolf Anderssen 4-2 (1845), Johann Löwenthal 6-1 (1846), John William Schulten 4-1 (1850), Anderssen 10-5 (1851), and Howard Staunton 7-6 (1853).
|May-31-18|| ||morfishine: Anderssen is one of the greatest chess players ever! If nothing else, his originality came to the fore-front|
I regret not posting here sooner. A more admirable and humble man than Anderssen is hard to find
|Jul-06-18|| ||offramp: This great player would have been 200 years old today! I love his great Gothic games, with craggy pawn structures and kings wandering around like demented grandfathers.|
Two hundred years already, eh?
The way time passes.
|Jul-06-18|| ||ChessHigherCat: < I love his great Gothic games, with craggy pawn structures and kings wandering around like demented grandfathers?>|
Demented grandfathers wandering around in crappy gowns, show a little respect!
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