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Daniel Harrwitz vs Adolf Anderssen
"The Lion's Den" (game of the day Dec-14-2008)
Anderssen - Harrwitz (1848), Breslau GER, rd 2, Feb-01
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Greco Variation (C33)  ·  1-0



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Sep-02-06  vesivialvy93: 1400 elo USCF play from anderssen in this game !!!!
Oct-30-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Harrwitz no mistakes!

Anderssen 7 mistakes:
6...Qe7 1.00 (6...Qh5 0.21)
7...Nf6 1.93 (7...d6 0.80)
8...Nh5 2.91 (8...Ng8 1.93)
10...fxg3 5.68 (10...d6 2.81)
11...f6 10.91 (11...c6 5.73)
12...gxf6 13.63 (12...Nc6 10.79)
13...0-0 #5 (13...Ng7 12.72)

Aug-28-08  dwavechess: 82% concur with rybka 2.3.2 at 14 ply, for Harrwitz
Sep-09-08  dwavechess: 88%!!!! for Rybka 3 w32 4cpu 3 minutes per move with harrwitz
Dec-14-08  mendoza2909: I always play this line in the KG its fun! Seems to me tho that 4... Bc4 is a beginners move, he sees he can threaten mate in 1 and so plays it straight away. Bit odd for one of the best in the world at the time.
Dec-14-08  think: This game was featured in the Solitaire Chess column in this month's Chess Life. I scored very well, because I play the King's Gambit and the game fits my play style very well.

Anderssen got trounced!

Dec-14-08  laskerdog: <Knight13: I can't believe Anderssen walked into a mate by Castling. He overlooked, I guess.> Andersons alternative seemed far more gloomy: (13; ..fxg5, 14;Qxh5+ Kf8, 15;Qf7#)
Dec-14-08  DwayneMeller: My answer to iron maiden is that the king's gambit is not entirely sound due to opening up the kingside on move two...although some people still write on it and like to play it,does any top player (Anand for example who btw beat Kramnik to a pulp in the last WCship) want to leave his kside open to an " to World#1 Topalov? Or would Chucky leave himself open to Svidler? The fact is there is a better responses to 1...e5 than 2f4 esp since in some cases even with the newer lines black seems to get in some sightly behind Ruy Lopez's and the Petroff still is not viewed in theory to be a full equal to 2...Nc6 which as I mentioned black still in a lot of famous games succumbs in the long run. So 2Nf3 is way better although some (such as yourself) find the King's gambit entertaining. I'm not attacking you as I also find these games amusing but who would not want to get a better position?
Dec-14-08  WhiteRook48: Anderssen loses! What happened here??
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  Chessmensch: The Immortal Thrashing.
Dec-14-08  Travis Bickle: Wow what an explosive attack! Half of BLK's pieces are at home parked in the garage. ; P
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  Bishoprick: If I remember correctly, former World Champion Spasky was a King's Gambit player. As to Fischer's refutation of the KG (d6) it only worked for Fischer.
Dec-14-08  Everett: The KG has not been completely refuted any more than many lines in other systems. Also 2.Bc4 is a different animal than 2.Nf3
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  Honza Cervenka: 4...Bc5 is not a good idea here which is well-known already from Greco's times. Anderssen was punished here for not knowing the theory. After 6...Qe7?! and 7...Nf6? - seemingly natural developing moves that helped white to unleash deadly and perfectly performed attack - his position was already lost. Only much later in his career (mainly after his debacle against Morphy) Anderssen began to pay more attention to opening preparation.
Mar-04-09  WhiteRook48: <bumpmobile> what are you talking about?? Their score is tied!
Mar-23-09  bumpmobile: <WhiteRook48: <bumpmobile> what are you talking about?? Their score is tied!> I imagine when I made that comment 5 years ago the database was less complete than it is now. Of course, there is also the distinct possibility that I didn't know what I was talking about.
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  stoy: Among notable 20th century players of the King's Gambit are Keres, Bronstein & Spassky. Check out their games!
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  plang: <mendoza2909: I always play this line in the KG its fun! Seems to me tho that 4... Bc4 is a beginners move>

That was my reaction as well. Amazing that a player of Anderssen's caliber would play it.

May-20-10  ariel el luchador: Harrwitz jugó como una máquina ,pero reconozcamos que para el blanco era muy fácil jugar esa posición. parece que Anderssen en esa época no conocía el gambito del alfil rey la jugada A4A del negro es muy mala ,me gustan los comentarios de mym porque nos orientan sobre las partidas.,ojalá siga comentando
May-20-10  ariel el luchador: Las jugadas 9 y 13 del blanco son notables
May-20-10  ariel el luchador: quise decir la jugada 10 del blanco ,no se que tiene de bueno la jugada 3).....A4A del negro.
Jul-03-10  asiduodiego: Nice game by Harrwitz. But, when I check these games, I can't help imagine that the players when were playing, the said things like:

"Check!... no... wait... it's mate!!, YES!!"

Dec-27-13  poorthylacine: The Andessen of 1848 was not yet the one he became from 1850...

"Normally" he should even have lost this match, globally Harrwitz, even two years younger but with more experience, played better.

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  TheTamale: Adolph Anderssen: win big, or lose big.
Aug-19-17  WorstPlayerEver: 10. c3 very stronk.
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