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Adolf Anderssen vs Lionel Kieseritzky
"The Immortal Game" (game of the day Sep-05-2007)
Casual game (1851), London ENG, Jun-21
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Bryan Countergambit (C33)  ·  1-0



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Aug-25-17  WorstPlayerEver: A blunder is a serious mistake.
Aug-25-17  Olavi: There are other definions also. It's very normal for professionals to call a move a blunder if they have overlooked everything. Even if they got lucky and the move didn't lose or anything. OK, that's perhaps an emotional definition.
Oct-16-17  ndg2: Evergreen > Immortal
Oct-16-17  benderules: Bagration is a name? It sounds like an insult.
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  keypusher: <benderules> <Bagration is a name? It sounds like an insult.>

Far from it.

Jan-18-18  MariusDaniel: Adolf Anderssen's Great Chess skills!
Apr-22-18  Tal1949: It is strange that a off-hand game has been given the title of the Immortal game. Do we have any idea how serious both men took the game? (which could be the real reason for the errors). And if Kieseritsky did resign after the King move- the ending moves are just made up and the queen sacrifice did not even happen. It is easy to just play 22..Ne7 and deny the glory of the sacrifice anyway.

Tal and Koblents (and many other masters) probably have a dozen Immortal games like this that have never seen the light of day.

May-18-18  dk93069: Its very interesting game I have ever seen.
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  louispaulsen88888888: Adalbert? Felix? Bagration??? I bet this kid had a hard time in school!
May-24-19  Sally Simpson: ***

“Why Worry?

It is too easy to take life and your a little too seriously these days.

The modern chess player will typically worry about next month’s mortgage payment, the phone bill or ChessBase Database incompatibilities with Windows ’95. He may drown his sorrows in the local after a particularly harsh from Fritz 4.

Worse still, a bad six months might well see an unhealthy drop in rating points, fewer invitations, little or nothing in the way of appearance fees and depressing trips to Wolverhampton to up a quick quid un a rapid-play event,

I find that the best antidote to these symptoms is a return to traditional values of the 19th century,

In those days, chess was played in cafes with the typical alcohol consumption a little more than the two units recommended to today’s beleaguered modern man. The so-called ‘Immortal Game’ was played in Simpson’s-in-the-Strand in 1851.”

There follows the ‘Immortal Game’

David Norwood, Weekend Telegraph. March 1977


In his financial woes ending with depressing trips to Wolverhampton David forgot to mention that a good source of income was a newspaper column where one can reshuffle old often repeated games. :)


Aug-18-19  Chesgambit:
Mar-02-20  MordimerChess: I went thru the 18. Bd6 line, It seems that Steinitz miał rację (stockfish też) 18...Qxa1+ 19. Ke2 Qb2 20. Kd2 Bxg1 21. e5 Ba6 22. Nc7+ Kd8 23. Nxa6 Bb6 24. Qxa8 Ba5+ 25. Ke3 Qc1+ etc..

If white move the king on the light squares they're gonna lose the queen on A8. But the situation is very delicate. One false move by any side and the game can be lost. Only the best engine moves draw. Crazy :)

The First Immortal Chess Game ever. London 1851. White sacrificed bishop, two rooks & queen. Check mate!

My analysis:

These two players played many games. Kieseritzky won the match, Anderssen won Eternity!

May-22-20  MrCalculater: my program, greenplain, 3 ply computer and my program, starlight, 6 ply, both cannot see the sac. only my best deep starlight can see it(8 ply)
Sep-20-20  SlurpJurp: When I analyze move 18. Bd6, stockfish jumps from +5.7 to 0.0, even though the move doesn't appear to be a blunder. In fact, following the engine's evaluation, the position is dead even, which is so weird. The engine seems to find it very difficult to make a plan as white, even though white has a clear advantage. In fact with the moves (18. Bd6 Qxa1+ 19. Ke2 QB2 20. Bxc5 Qxc2+ 21. Kf1 Qxc5 22. d4 Qc6 23. Qf4 f6 24. Nd6+ Kd8) black has effectively nullified the white attack, with the computer giving an evaluation of 0.0.
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  Messiah: Although terrible, still an immortal.
Feb-14-21  oolalimk1: After 19 moves black has 2 rooks,2 knights and a bishop still on their original squares, and his king a sitting duck in the center. Then on move 20 if he plays Ba6 instead of the blunder Na6 there is no immortal game. Fritz 11.
Dec-12-21  opengame: Anderssen overwhelmed the board with his attack.
Jan-03-22  DouglasGomes: 18. Bd6 is not of clinical precision but it is enough to win the game. Stop using low-depth analysis. In Mordimer's line 22. Bb4 is a better move. 20. Kd2 Bxg1 21. e5 Bb7 22. Nxg7+ Kd8 23. Qxf7 gives White a strong attack
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  Southernrun: The kindle version of the book The Mammoth Book of the Worlds Greatest Chess games has this game in it and the 18th move by black is Qxa1+. The game continues and ends the same as shown above. Would this be a typo error in the book as can’t find another variation of this game showing that move?
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  fredthebear: It was 19...Qxa1+ See Wikipedia: It's my understanding that various kindle versions tend to have more typos, less editing.

Ugh, have you been drinkin'? Then don't be drivin'. Your automobile might get hurt.

May I suggest David Shenk's remarkable book "The Immortal Game" after you sober up. It is about this particular game, but more so the history of chess:

Having said all that... (Better 18...Qxa1+ 19.Ke2 Qb2!) Thus, the suggestion 18...Qxa1+ is analysis.

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  fredthebear: AJ's page is a fine source as well: (One is expected to read the prior posts -- all 19 pages, but if you're under the influence, that's not such an easy task.) AJ includes analysis from various sources, including "The Mammoth Book of The World's Greatest Chess Games" by GM's John Nunn, John Emms & FM Graham Burgess.
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  fredthebear: A prior post:

<Feb-24-16 luftforlife: In his The Middle Game in Chess, GM Dr. Reuben Fine analyzed this game from 18. Bd6 through its conclusion, and followed the moves just as they are iterated here. His annotation (which I've altered only by conversion to one form of modern-day notation and by identifying the cumulative move numbers) diverges from the alternative 1879 Steinitz line provided above (interlarded with the PGN moves), with the following predicted moves and consequences flowing from the alternate move 18. . . . Qxa1: "If here, e.g. 18. . . . QxRa1+; 19. Ke2, QxRg1; then 20. Nxg7+, Kd8; 21. Bc7#."

Reuben Fine, The Middle Game in Chess (New York: David McKay Co. 1952, Tartan softcover reprint, September 1972), at 20 (notation converted, cumulative enumeration substituted).

Best to all, ~ lufty>

Mar-26-22  Z free or die: Such a famous game deserves a proper Source... or maybe two!

<CPM v1 N1 (Jul 19, 1851) p2> - Kling & Horwitz --

<ILM v3 (Feb 1855) p82> - ?? (Brien maybe?) --

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  Southernrun: Thanks for all the input and sources..figured likely a kindle issue. No clue why my text about came out like that from typing but no drinking and driving today..or ever luckily
Jul-08-22  DouglasGomes: If 20... Ba6, then 21. Nc7+ Kd8 22. Nxa6
22... Nc6? 23. Bc7+ Ke8 24. Nd6+ Ke7 25. Qxf7#
22... Bb6 23. Qxa8 Qc3 24. Nb4 Bc7. 25. Kf3 Nh6 26. Nxh6 gxh6 27. Nd5 Qxc2 28. Bxc7+ Qxc7 Nxc7 Kxc7 30. Qxa7+
22... Qxa2 23. Nb4 Nc6 24. Nxc6+ dxc6 25. Qxc6 Qxc2+ (to avoid mate) 26. Qxc2 Rc8! 27. Qb3 and Qxf7 is fatal (as in 27.. Nh6 28. Nxh6 gxh6 29. Qxf7 Re8 30. e6)
22... Qc3 23. Bc7+ (...Ke8? 24. Nd6+ Ke7 25. Qxf7#) Qxc7 24. Nxc7 (...Kxc7, the rook on a8 and the knight on b8 will be both lost) Nc6 25. Nxa8 g6 26. Kf1 (getting out of the fork) gxf5 27. Kxg1

In view of: 27... Kc8?! 28. Qd5 Kb8? 29. Qd6+ Kxa8 30 Qf8+ Kb7 31. Kg7 White's knight cannot be trapped, thus White has a decisive advantage in all variations.

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