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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Adolf Anderssen
Anderssen - Steinitz (1866), London ENG, rd 6, Jul-27
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Dunne Attack (B20)  ·  0-1



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Feb-28-03  ughaibu: Anderssen get's a raw deal from history due to the acclaim awarded to Morphy and Steinitz. He was one of the strongest players yet to live with an impressive tournament record and this is despite the fact that he exemplified the artistic approach to chess. In this game from late in his career he outplays Steinitz from all angles including the strategic.
Feb-28-03  ughaibu: 25. ....Nd8 is exactly the kind of move that Steinitz himself would've been proud of.
Mar-01-03  ChessPraxis: Very cool strategic game by Anderssen - though he also gets his tactical kicks in at the end of the game. I agree with ughaibu that chess history has been filled with oversimplifications and even caricatures. That's why it's great to have websites like this one where you can go back and play over all of the games and see what the essence of each player's style really was.
Jan-04-10  heuristic: mo' better moves:

18...axb4 19.Rxa8+ Bxa8 20.Ne2 Bb7 21.Qc2

29.Ra2 Qd4 30.Qc1 Qd3 31.Rf3 Qxe4

29...Nc5 30.Qc1 Nxa4 31.bxa4 Qd4 32.Kh2

40.Kh2 Ra2 41.Bg2 Qb3 42.Qf2 Rb8

Oct-12-10  sevenseaman: A memorable defence, truly a tribute to Anderssen's grasp of the essentials of the 64 square game.
Jan-31-12  Knight13: 17. Ne2 or Nb1 is better.

This is a pretty classical, characteristic play of the Closed Sicilian by Black!

Jan-14-14  yureesystem: Wow!! I did not know Anderssen could defend so well, maybe he taught Steinitz the art of defense. This game incredible, it is good to go over some of the past old master games..
Jan-15-14  john barleycorn: <yureesystem> and here is another good one from Anderssen

Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858

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  Candle: After 29.Bh3 Anderssen's 29...Rd8 makes no sense because 29...Nc5 wins the b3 pawn and the game. Tim Harding, in his book 'Steinitz in London' (McFarland 2020), gives a convincing case on page 132 - supported by contemporary sources - that a different move order was played, starting with White's move 17.Bd2 (instead of Be3) The corrected move order is below.

1.e4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 e5 4.Ne2 Nf6 5.Nbc3 d6 6.O-O Be7 7.f4 h5 8.h3 Bd7 9.Nd5 Qc8 10.Nxf6+ Bxf6 11.f5 Ne7 12.c4 Qd8 13.Nc3 Bc6 14.d3 Qd7 15.a3 a5 16.b3 b5 17.Bd2 b4 18.axb4 cxb4 19.Na4 Bxa4 20.Rxa4 Nc6 21.Be3 Rc8 22.Qd2 Bd8 23.d4 Bb6 24.d5 Qa7 25.Bxb6 Qxb6+ 26.Kh1 Nd8 27.Qg5 Kf8 28.f6 g6 29.h4 Nb7 30.Bh3 Rd8 31.Ra2 Ke8 32.Rd1 Ra8 33.Qd2 Nc5 34.Qe3 Kd8 35.Be6 Qb7 36.Kg1 a4 37.bxa4 b3 38.Raa1 b2 39.Rab1 Rxa4 40.Bh3 Kc7 41.Bf1 Rha8 42.Rd2 Rb4 43.Kh2 Ra1 44.Rdd1 Rb3 45.Qh6 Rxb1 46.Rxb1 Qb4 47.Qf8 Qd2+ 48.Bg2 Qd3 49.Qxf7+ Nd7 50.c5 Qxg3+ 51.Kg1 Rc3 52.cxd6+ Kb6 53.Rxb2+ Kc5 54.Rb1 Rc2 55.Rb5+ Kc4

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