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|Jul-06-13|| ||playground player: Modern chess players congratulate themselves while standing on the shoulders of giants like Anderssen.|
Oh, I don't mean all modern players. I expect the top masters know and appreciate what they owe to their illustrious predecessors. It's the moderns who aren't masters, and never will be, who show the least respect to the past.
|Jul-06-13|| ||ketchuplover: HBD Herr Anderssen|
|Jul-06-13|| ||nok: Happy birthday to this badass player.|
|Jul-07-13|| ||TheFocus: I thought he was born in Breslau, not Badass.|
|Sep-08-13|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "I was wrong in supposing that I could bottle up my chess and put it in a glass case." >
-Anderssen (after defeated by Morphy)
I assume it's after Anderssen-Morphy (1858) (like the whole thing).
|Sep-10-13|| ||DoctorD: Anderssen as problem composer:
|Sep-21-13|| ||TwoKnights: |
Every time I pick up Sid Picard's book on Anderssen it's like electric magic like Tal's winning combinations.
The memorial essay at the beginning is a very moving salute to this great master.
|Sep-22-13|| ||DoctorD: I'd love to get the book, but Picard's tome on Sam Loyd was incredibly disappointing.|
|Nov-04-13|| ||offramp: He had a fantastic brain for spotting mates in seven or less.|
|Nov-04-13|| ||keypusher: <offramp: He had a fantastic brain for spotting mates in seven or less.>|
Good to know that just six moves separate us.
|Feb-24-14|| ||Conrad93: The first world Champion.
The only difference is that he didn't claim it.
|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.|
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