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Anderssen - Kolisch Match

Adolf Anderssen5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Ignatz von Kolisch4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games] Chess Event Description
Anderssen - Kolisch (1861)

This match of four games up, draws notwithstanding, was played in the rooms of the London Chess Club at Purssell's restaurant in Cornhill, London, England. Games were played, one a day, excepting Sunday, between Tuesday, July 23rd and Thursday, August 1st, starting at noon, with a time control of 24 moves per two hours.

Anderssen 1 0 0 1 0 = 1 = 1 5 Kolisch 0 1 1 0 1 = 0 = 0 4

Further reading: Newspaper coverage: London Field, The Illustrated London News, The Dial.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 1; 9 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kolisch vs Anderssen 0-1451861Anderssen - KolischB40 Sicilian
2. Anderssen vs Kolisch 0-1571861Anderssen - KolischC01 French, Exchange
3. Kolisch vs Anderssen 1-0221861Anderssen - KolischB40 Sicilian
4. Anderssen vs Kolisch 1-0311861Anderssen - KolischA02 Bird's Opening
5. Kolisch vs Anderssen 1-0481861Anderssen - KolischC78 Ruy Lopez
6. Anderssen vs Kolisch ½-½611861Anderssen - KolischA02 Bird's Opening
7. Kolisch vs Anderssen 0-1311861Anderssen - KolischB40 Sicilian
8. Anderssen vs Kolisch ½-½551861Anderssen - KolischB20 Sicilian
9. Kolisch vs Anderssen 0-1361861Anderssen - KolischA02 Bird's Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-19-13  thomastonk: I think it is worth to consider some additions to this match.

Anderssen came to London for a fortnight. He visited various Chess Clubs there. This match was arranged by the London Chess Club, whose members offered a handsome prize. The first game was played on a tuesday (July 23). Each player was allowed to use two hours for 24 moves. The time was measured by sand-glasses. "The Era", of July 28.

The match was not held to see whether Anderssen or Kolisch is the better player, but the result was looked forward to as a gauge of Kolisch's ability to contend with Morphy. The match ended August 1. The London Chess Club and the players met for a dinner on July 30. "The Era", August 4.

The prize was 10 guineas. Only one game was played each day, beginning at noon. The last game was played on August 1. We found Kolisch and Anderssen separated by two gigantic elysedras(?), or rather sand glasses, each made to measure the space of two hours. "The Daily News" of August 16, reprinting an articale of St.Amant from "Sport".

I wonder if it is possible to make a claim on the dates of all games. The first and the last are fixed, and eight days remain for seven games. We know that one game was played every day, so which day was free?

In the 1830s as well as in 1851, the chess clubs in London were closed on sundays. So, if this would be true for 1861, then the free day would have been July 28.

On the other side, the London Chess Club invited for and held a dinner on July 30 (a tuesday) in Greenwich, and this seems to be a little risky, because the game of this day could have been unfinished.

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  jnpope: An updated version of my Anderssen-Kolisch match article is now available (see "Further reading" link above).

The latest research solidifies the dating of all the games, a longer version of game 8, the addition of annotations from <Bell's Life in London>, as well as a supplement of Lowenthal's annotations from <The Era> (the original article only had <The Dial>). <The Era> also provided Lowenthal's annotations for game 9.

The original version can still be found here:

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  keypusher: I have enjoyed this collection. It's my impression that the overall level of tactical accuracy was well below that of the strong GMs in World Blitz Championship (2016), though.
Jan-01-17  nok: I'm not convinced, we saw many blunders in the latter. They certainly needed more time to think back then as the game was relatively unexplored.
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