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Adolf Anderssen
Number of games in database: 794
Years covered: 1844 to 1878

Overall record: +416 -309 =66 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (105) 
    C51 C52
 King's Gambit Accepted (92) 
    C39 C33 C38 C37 C34
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    C77 C65 C70 C61 C63
 French Defense (26) 
    C01 C13 C11 C14 C00
 Sicilian (22) 
    B20 B45 B21 B32 B43
 Two Knights (15) 
    C59 C58 C55 C57
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (90) 
    C33 C37 C39 C38
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C65 C67 C60 C77 C64
 Evans Gambit (62) 
    C51 C52
 Giuoco Piano (42) 
    C54 C50 C53
 Sicilian (35) 
    B40 B20 B23 B44 B42
 King's Pawn Game (24) 
    C44 C20 C40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 1-0
   Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 1-0
   J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1863 0-1
   Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1869 1-0
   Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1865 1-0
   Mayet vs Anderssen, 1851 0-1
   J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1862 0-1
   Anderssen vs B Suhle, 1860 1-0
   Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858 1-0
   Anderssen vs Paulsen, 1873 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Anderssen - Harrwitz (1848)
   London (1851)
   Anderssen - Kolisch (1861)
   Anderssen - Paulsen (1862)
   Baden-Baden (1870)
   Aachen, 7th congress WDS (1868)
   Anderssen - Morphy (1858)
   Anderssen - Steinitz (1866)
   Leipzig (1877)
   Vienna (1873)
   Paris (1878)

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   vaskolon's PAUL MORPHY'S GAMES by vaskolon
   The Chess Champions (Romantic Era) by Owl
   vaskolon's favorite games by vaskolon
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   Captain's Crunch Munched by Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Vienna 1873 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-06-1818, died Mar-13-1879, 60 years old) Germany

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Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen was born in Breslau. He was one of the strongest players of his day and was regarded by some to be the World Champion after his victory in the London (1851) tournament.1,2 He lost this honor in the Anderssen - Morphy (1858) match. One year later, however, Paul Morphy retired from international chess, and Anderssen was able to regain his reputation as the world's leading player, drawing Ignatz von Kolisch in Paris 1860 (+5 -5 =1),3 and winning the Anderssen - Kolisch (1861) match in London (+4 -3 =2). Anderssen also won the London International 1862 over Louis Paulsen, who finished second.2 He subsequently drew him in the Anderssen - Paulsen (1862) match (+3 -3 =2). In 1866, Anderssen narrowly lost a match with Wilhelm Steinitz (+6 -8 =0). He scored his final great success by winning the Baden-Baden (1870) tournament, ahead of Steinitz and Joseph Henry Blackburne. 4

Anderssen is regarded as the quintessential Romantic, and his sacrificial brilliancies such as The Immortal Game (Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851) and The Evergreen Game (Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852) have stood the test of time.

Anderssen died of a heart attack at the age of 60. During World War II, bombing raids on his hometown damaged his grave.

Anderssen also played consultation chess on the teams of Adolf Anderssen / Johannes Zukertort / Dr C. Schmid, Adolf Anderssen / Allies, Anderssen / Stern, Anderssen / Goring / Allies & Adolf Anderssen / Bernhard Horwitz / Josef Kling.


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Last updated: 2016-09-18 07:53:54

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 794  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Seligo vs Anderssen 1-0281844BreslauC26 Vienna
2. Anderssen vs Von Der Lasa 0-1321845BreslauC38 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Von Der Lasa vs Anderssen 1-0211845BreslauC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Von Der Lasa vs Anderssen 1-0481845BreslauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Anderssen vs Von Der Lasa 1-0291845BreslauB01 Scandinavian
6. Anderssen vs Von Der Lasa 0-1281846BreslauC37 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Anderssen vs Von Der Lasa 0-1341846BreslauC58 Two Knights
8. Von Der Lasa vs Anderssen 0-1201846BreslauB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 0-1361848Anderssen - HarrwitzC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 0-1261848Anderssen - HarrwitzC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 0-1301848Anderssen - HarrwitzB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 1-0281848Anderssen - HarrwitzB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 1-0321848Anderssen - HarrwitzC44 King's Pawn Game
14. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 0-1341848Anderssen - HarrwitzD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 0-1501848Anderssen - HarrwitzC33 King's Gambit Accepted
16. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 1-0371848Anderssen - HarrwitzC54 Giuoco Piano
17. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 0-1381848Blindfold exhibition gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 1-0171848Anderssen - HarrwitzC33 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 0-1551848Anderssen - HarrwitzC01 French, Exchange
20. Salpius vs Anderssen 1-0371849BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
21. N Nathan vs Anderssen 0-1221850BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Dufresne vs Anderssen 0-1211851BerlinC45 Scotch Game
23. Kieseritzky vs Anderssen 1-0361851London m8D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. Anderssen vs Wyvill 1-0261851LondonB20 Sicilian
25. Anderssen vs Loewenthal 1-0201851LondonC33 King's Gambit Accepted
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  ketchuplover: HBD Herr Anderssen
Jul-06-13  nok: Happy birthday to this badass player.
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  TheFocus: I thought he was born in Breslau, not Badass.
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  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.
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  offramp: He had a fantastic brain for spotting mates in seven or less.
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  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."

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Adolf Anderssen. A while ago, I made a bio of him: Game Collection: Bio: Adolf Anderssen.
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  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?
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  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:


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  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.
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  TheFocus: <Attack! Always Attack!> - Adolf Anderssen.
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  ketchuplover: I hereby change his middle name to Attack.
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  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>

Flying visit.

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 Find the winning moves.
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