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Adolf Anderssen vs Marmaduke Wyvill
"Wyvill, Wyvill Rock You" (game of the day Sep-01-2015)
London (1851), London ENG, rd 4, Jul-04
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. General (B44)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: A nice game by the M.P. Compare Anderssen's attempt to use Wyvill's weapon with colors reversed:

Adolf Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858

Anderssen used the same opening twice more in the Morphy match, drawing once and winning once.

Jul-30-09  Knight13: Well it's good to see the tactical giant Anderssen get beat up tactically. :-) Anderssen obviously never gave up on the kingside attack even though it was completely hopeless huh.
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  LIFE Master AJ: I thought Wyvill played very well in this game. I did not use the computer, but I did play through the whole game, taking at least 15-20 minutes to do so.

Some impressions:

#1.) White attacked strongly on the K-side.

#2.) Black defended well.

#3.) Using a combination of attack and defense, Black eventually repels White's attack and wins.

Very nice!

Nov-28-14  Ke2: nice, it's just a mirror of anderssen-morphy. that critical thing is getting in f5 safely, after which white is slowed down so much, and then black's normal counterplay in the center and queenside show
Sep-01-15  Phony Benoni: Considering the role played by Black's rook on c2, maybe the pun could have been "Wyvill, Wyvill Rook You".

But that's a quibble about a good game. Though I'll bet that Wyvill was holding this breath until the end.

Sep-01-15  erimiro1: As a reply from Anderssen's side: "I am the champion, my friends, and I'm gonna fight until the end (but not always win)"
Sep-01-15  Ehrenfest: I have problems seeing the win after 41. Nh3
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  Once: It is one of chess's cats vs dogs themes. Werewolves vs vampires. Cowboys vs aliens.

It's the perennial battle between the white kingside attack vs the black queenside attack in the Sicilian. In today's game, black plays well to neutralise the early white push and then to crash through with an attack of his own.

Interesting that the white Ng5 grabbed an outpost, but then couldn't do anything with it. Black's control of the open c file turned out to be more important as a way of invading the white position.

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  offramp: Very good pun for today.
Sep-01-15  consul: I wonder how 33. ♘xe6 is evaluated...
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  Bubo bubo: <Ehrenfest> On 41.Nh3, the black queen simply retreats to c5. White cannot afford to capture the bishop (42.Qxf1 Qe3+ or 42.Kxf1 Ne3+), so he is just a piece down while Black's attack is still going on.
Sep-01-15  morfishine: Why Vill, Why Vill Rock You??? LOL
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  offramp: <consul: I wonder how 33. ♘xe6 is evaluated....>

That's a great move. It's a bit mind- boggling because almost every piece starts to get in on the action... I didn't get very far.

Sep-01-15  kevin86: Anderssen is clobbered in this one!
Sep-01-15  Phony Benoni: <Ehrenfest> After <41.Nh3>

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<Subo bubo>'s 41...Qc5 is quite strong, but I lean toward the simpler <41...Qxg2>. Now 42.Qxf1 Qe4+ is mate next move, and since White's queen has no other safe moves he is forced to trade queens a piece down in a lousy position.

Sep-01-15  mruknowwho: Well, this looks familiar. I had a tournament game where this happened to me. Queen comes to back rank and I lose material. Game over.
Sep-01-15  sofouuk: <consul: I wonder how 33. ♘xe6 is evaluated...>

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funnily enough Rybka quite likes Nxe6, Bf3 and R3d2 in this position, with the move played getting a +0.7 and Nxe6 +0.5 (admittedly at low ply). even more funnily white was still in the game right up to 37.Bf1?? (Ke2!) when the the eval crashes into negative territory for the first time (and -5 at that).

33.Nxe6 Qxe6 34.Rxd5 Bxd5 35.Qd8+ Kh7 36.Rxd5 Rc2 37.Rd2 Rxd2 38.Qxd2 Qb6+(! - the problem from white's point of view) 39.Kf1 and the evals have gone to 0.00

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white has two pawns for the exchange, including an aesthetically-satisfying passed one, but the white K position is airy and black can blockade, if not think about playing for the advantage

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  Honza Cervenka: Instead of 34.Bc4 white should have played 34.Kg3 unpinning Rd4, or 34.Nf3 covering the Rook.

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