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Bernhard von Guretzky-Cornitz vs Adolf Anderssen
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Vienna Game: Anderssen Defense (C25)  ·  1-0



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Jan-29-08  sambo: Wow, the random game button came through huge. Anderssen got rocked. He either severely miscalculated the ending or just played completely out of character.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Nice find, <sambo>! This would be a great puzzle for retrograde analysis, in which you look at a position and try to determine how it arose.

In this case, the final position; if you didn't have the game score, could you figure out how the Black Queen ended up attacked by a Bf8 and Nf5 at the same time?

Feb-12-11  Shams: Anderssen bit hard on a bluff-- white's second zwischenzug is bogus. Black should grab the rook with 14...Nxa1. I looked at this with some friends and, later, stockfish backed us up...

14…Nxa1 15.Qxf7 Rg8 16.Ng6 hxg6 17.fxg6 Rxg6 18.Qxg6 Qe7 19.Kd2 Be6 20.Qh5 Qh7 21.Qh4 Qg6 22.Rf1 Kg8 -6.26 21 : 1/30

Black's decision is particularly open to question since his choice in the game, 14...Qe7 15.axb3, leaves him materially equal and positionally hopeless:

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A position to be avoided at any cost. Anderssen must have seen a phantom line leading to forced mate.

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  master8ch: The only reason I can think of for White's 20.Ke2 (instead of 20.Kd1 or 20.Kf1) is to give Black a spite check with 21...Rxg2+. In other words: "to rub it in." Anderssen was too classy (and capable) to fall for it.

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