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Jozsef Szen vs Adolf Anderssen
London (1851), London ENG, rd 2, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  0-1



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Aug-30-04  youngplayer11: This Game is mentioned in David LeMoir's book How to Become a Deadly Chess tactician.It,s A Very Well played Attack
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  Honza Cervenka: 21...Qh2 is lovely and devastating move. Of course, 22.Nxh2 leads to quick mate: 22...Rxf2+ 23.Kg1 Rxg2+ 24.Kf1 Ne3# or 24.Kh1 Nf2#.
Sep-29-07  sneaky pete: Staunton comments on 21... Qh2
"Prettily played. If white take the Queen, mate follows in three moves. Black, however, had a still shorter road to victory, by a forced mate, which I leave the reader to discover with the aid of the accompanying diagram of the field before Black played his Q. to K. R's 7th."

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Jun-09-09  heuristic: <Black had a still shorter road to victory> if staunton sees 21...Nh2+ is the forced mate, that's impressive.

it's 14 moves! (all forced, but still)

Jul-27-09  Knight13: White ought to have played 9. d4! and centralize. The variation that Szen played is too defensive.
Jan-06-11  Llawdogg: The Szen Master was pwning Anderssen at first. However, Anderssen turned the tables on Szen with this crushing attack. Just overwhelming!
Jul-29-11  thekusno: 14...Nf4 was an interesting choice, preparing the king side attack. 14...cxd4 was also possible followed by Nf4 later, leaving White with an IQP. This is of course not Anderssen's style.

15...Nxg2 looks like an interesting sac. I wasn't able to calculate it to the end but the computer does and evaluates the position as 1.5 pawns up for Black.

And now, instead of the good 20...Ng4 there is the fantastic 20...Qg4!! 21. g3 is forced and after 21...Rh5 we have the following position:

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Black probes all weak squares around the king until White collapses. In this variation White will lose the queen quickly or get mated.

21...Nh2+ would have been a mate in 10.

A impressing king side attack by Anderssen!

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  Ziryab: 9...f5! was a good move. Although Szen had "completed his development" and Anderssen lagged behind with an immobile light-squared bishop, Szen's light-squared bishop was misplaced. Moreover, his minor pieces were vulnerable to attack. 9...f5 immediately activated a rook. After the ensuing 10.exf5 Rxf5, the absence of White's e-pawn made 11...d5 a serious threat. It is hard to find an improvement to Szen's unfortunate undevelopment of his knight: 11.Nb1.

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