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Adolf Anderssen vs Ernst Falkbeer
"Beer Chaser" (game of the day Jun-08-2013)
Berlin (1851), m?
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bishop Check line (C58)  ·  1-0



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May-03-03  gilk: Very interesting game!
Nov-13-05  fred lennox: I agree. This game is a favorite.
Nov-28-05  Sargon1: 20...♕xc5?? is a blunder. 20...♕d1 21.♖xb4 c1=♕ 22.♖xd1 ♕xd1 23.♕f1 ♕xf1 24.♔xf1 ♖xe3 And 36...♔h5 ?? is the final blunder. 36...♔h7! 37.♘g5+ ♔g7 38.♗b2 ♘c3
Feb-14-06  Bobak Zahmat: Unbelieavable great game.
Jul-20-09  heuristic: mo' better moves:
17.Rae1 exd3 18.Qxd3 Nb4 19.Qxd6 cxd6

18.Qd2 dxc2 19.Qxd6 cxd6 20.Bd2 Re2

19.Rf1 Qd1 20.Bc1 Rad8 21.Nf3 Re2

20...Qd3 21.Rf3 Nxa2 22.Rf1 Ng4 23.Qh4

26.Ne4 Ng4 27.Kf1 Ne5 28.Nf2 f6

32.g6 Kf8 33.Ne5 fxg6 34.fxg6 Nc3

33...g6 34.fxg6+ fxg6 35.Ke2 Rxc1 36.Kd2

36...Kh7 37.Ng5+ Kg7 38.Ne6+ Kf6 39.Rf8+

Jun-08-13  Phony Benoni: Yes, Black surely could have defended better, but Anderssen still gets full credit for conjuring up that mating attack out of nothing.

Having a passed pawn on the 7th rank for 23 moves must have been a frustrating experience for Falkbeer, who was surely in shock as this one ended.

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  HeMateMe: Great pun. Anderssen's games are great. Not as great as beer, but pretty close.
Jun-08-13  morfishine: I like both these great players, so hate to see either lose

<PB> Nothing to add here

Jun-08-13  sfm: What a game! Brilliant play from both sides. Spectacular finish and a mate constellation I don't recall seeing anywhere else. They must have had great fun.
Jun-08-13  Poisonpawns: Falkbeer was actually winning. I anayzed this game several months ago. Here are some of my notes: 15.f5?! "Too slow,allows black to seek for the initiative"

Instead of 15..Nc6, black has the powerful e4! and is better.

20..Qxc5 "Falkbeer gets fancy. Qd1 wins on the spot. 21.Rxb4 c1Q Black is winning all the way up to move 35.. Although Falkbeer is making it difficult. 35..Kh6?? Allows an immediate draw;Kg7 is still winning for black. 36..Kh5?? Black walks right into a mating net. Kh7 still draws.

Jun-08-13  kevin86: Falkbeer had nothing to "counter" Anderssen's attack.
Jun-08-13  Moszkowski012273: Didn't like this one, filled with sub-par moves.
Jun-08-13  pumping707: Adolf deserve a credit in that game...but too much blunder commited by both gives too much room for white to set up the mate....
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  Alex Schindler: Mistakes aside, that is one gem of a mating combo. Poor, useless passed pawn
Mar-21-15  Dionysius1: But 37 Rh8 and 38 h3 mate would have been quicker wouldn't it?
Mar-21-15  shivasuri4: <Dionysius1>, after 37.Rh8+ Kg4, the f5 pawn is en prise, so it won't be mate after 38.h3+. If White plays 38.Ng7 preparing for 39.h3 mate, Black responds with 38...Nf4 and White is in trouble.
Mar-21-15  Dionysius1: Thanks!
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  MJCB: Fascinating how this mating attack was built by Andersen. On move 30 g4, I was really wondering what Andersen was trying to achieve, and it came nicely to my eyes move after move. The coordination of white pieces was very creative and powerful. A delight to watch.
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  fredthebear: Another message lead me to believe that Irving Chernev had written about this game. For the record, I find it not. After checking the table of contents and indexes of Chernev's books, there is no evidence of such writing. Chernev annotated but few Anderssen games in his published works, the most of which naturally occur as puzzles in Anderssen's chapter in "Combinations: The Heart of Chess." This game, like Chernev's other well-known books, is not in Anderssen's chapter either. I also looked in the books that Chernev co-authored with Fred Reinfeld and could not find this game.
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  fredthebear: Apparently I do not have Irving Chernev's book "The Golden Dozen: The twelve greatest chess players of all time". The book was published in 1976 (but Chernev's list was established in 1974). Adolf Anderssen did not make the grade.

Chernev's list, in reverse order: Nimzowitsch.--Rubinstein.--Bronstein.--Spassky.-- -Smyslov.--Tal.--Petrosian.--Botvinnik.--Fischer- .--Lasker.--Alekhine.--Capablanca

Chernev leaves out: Philidor-Morphy-Anderssen-Zukertort-Blackburne-S- teinitz-Schlecter-Pillsbury-Tchorgin-Tarrasch-Ta- rtakower-Reshevsky-Maroczy-Marshall-Menchik-Bogo- -Euwe-Fine-Keres-Kotov-Stein-Geller-Larsen-(Karp- ov-Korchnoi), among others.

Sep-29-21  fabelhaft: <Chernev's list, in reverse order: Nimzowitsch.--Rubinstein.--Bronstein.--Spassky.-- -Smyslov.--Tal.--Petrosian.--Botvinnik.--Fischer- .--Lasker.--Alekhine.--Capablanca>

For a greatest ever list made in the mid 70s, I’d say the most surprising thing is not including Steinitz when Nimzo, Rubinstein, Bronstein, Spassky, Petrosian are there. Also not having Keres when Nimzo, Bronstein and Rubinstein are included. And maybe Karpov already was worthy of being placed ahead of Nimzo...

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  fredthebear: Nimzowitsch's inclusion can be justified due to the instructive influence his hypermodern "System" had on the chess community. Paul Keres defeated nine world champions from Capablanca to Fischer, so Keres is certainly deserving of inclusion. Irving Chernev generally wrote highly of the games of Siegbert Tarrasch. Therefore, Tarrasch's omission is a mild surprise to me.

Dover publishers later re-issued Chernev's "Golden Dozen" book in 1995 with a title adjustment: "Twelve Great Chess Players and Their Best Games". Thus, the latter edition (pared down from 331 pages to 256 pages) can continue being sold during Garry Kasparov's reign without GK's inclusion.

After selecting Capablanca as the greatest in 1974, Chernev came out with "Capablanca's Best Chess Endings" in 1978, perhaps Chernev's finest book. It's interesting to note that Chernev's popular "Logical Chess, Move by Move" book contains 33 games including a section on kingside attacks, but none by Anderssen.

Romantics might prefer the writings of Fred Reinfeld. The "Human Side of Chess" published in 1952 covers the world champions from Adolf Anderssen to Max Euwe, including Paul Morphy. Reinfeld rightly declares Anderssen as the first unofficial world champion for winning the first international chess tournament held in London, 1851 London (1851) as well as 1862 Game Collection: London 1862. "The Great Chess Masters and Their Games" is the 1960 revised edition of the 1952 book; re-issues are common with Reinfeld's books. Mikhail Botvinnik and Vassily Smyslov were added, but tournament records were removed.

In terms of chess history, lore, tournament successes, dazzling games, piles of wins, and the respect of other players from his era, Adolph Anderssen has a lasting legacy which ensures he's one of the all-time greats. His legend does not need any author's stamp of approval. Here's one that applauds:

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