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Adolf Anderssen vs Jozsef Szen
London (1851), London ENG, rd 2, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Bowdler Attack (B20)  ·  1-0



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Aug-24-03  fred lennox: Anderssen likes to exploit weak pawns, in this game he goes for the backward pawns. 23 Rc6 immobilizes the rook and queen. 23...Bxe4 solves the problem for the backward d pawn. Anderssen interest in this pawn was a means to exploit the g pawn.
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  Zenchess: who: 3. Qh5? e6! covering both c5 and f7.

I assume you're new to chess so here's some pointers for the opening:

1. Don't move the Q out too early unless there's a good reason (e.g. wins a piece; mate). In this particular line, Black will eventually be able to drive the Q off with ...Nf6.

2. Always get the pieces out quickly; your goal is to castle quickly so you won't get mated early.

3. Always try to control the center; your pieces have more range.

4. Always try to threaten something, unless, in this instance, your Q has to go back where it came. It's not a bad idea to threaten something; just don't overextend or misplace your pieces to do so.

5. Always have a plan. For starters, playing the Pirc frequently involves control of e5/d4 and counterplay on the Q-side.

6. Always play normal openings (e.g. 1. e4, King's Indian, Pirc, Sicilian, etc.). Study GMs who play your favorite openings e.g. study Tal if you want to play e4. Use the opening explorer and a one-volume reference (e.g. Nunn, Fine, MCO) to study which moves are correct in the opening.

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  keypusher: One of my favorite games from the first international tournament.
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  heuristic: <23.Rc6 immoblizes the R & Q> what about ?
23...Ne7 24.Bb6 Qb8 25.Rc2 Ng8 or
23...Qd7 24.Qc3 Bd8 25.Qe3 Ne7

both seem better than 23...Bxe4.

31...Nxg6 is the losing move.
31...f3 32.Nf4 hxg6 33.Bxe5 dxe5 keeps BLK in the game.

Jul-27-09  Knight13: Very nice positional play by Anderssen! He takes care of the weakness down the c-file and those center pawns while Black aimlessly launched an unsuccessful attack on the kingside against a 10-cm thick wall and blew up his own head in the process.
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