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Wilfried Paulsen vs Adolf Anderssen
WSB-12.Kongress (1878), Frankfurt, rd 1, Jul-28
Van't Kruijs Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: The solution to the Monday, Aug 4, 2008 puzzle was 29. Qxf8+, initiating mate-in-two.
Jan-04-09  roastedrook: a poor game by Anderssen !!!
Jul-31-11  Novirasputin: Not having an engine handy i was wondering about 28... Bd4, if Qf3 seems Ng7, and if Nxd4, Qxg4+ with something to show perhaps? Still looks iffy for black but at the very least seems better than Rf8 for the forced loss. Enlighten me
Jul-31-11  sneaky pete: <Novirasputin> It doesn't make any difference: 28... Bd4 29.Qf8+ Rxf8 30.Rxf8#
Jul-31-11  Novirasputin: sneaky pete: true i always miss some aspect of a great combo. the bishop defended the square before. What about queen to the back rank? Qe8, though there i assume knight gets captured
Jul-31-11  DrMAL: Looks like great chess ran in the Paulsen family. After 20...Bf8? white responds with 21.Raf1! and plays perfectly from there. 28...Rf8 stepped into a mate in 2 but black was totally lost anyway. Happy birthday to the elder Paulsen!
Dec-23-19  Walter Glattke: 29.Nxf8? Qxg4+ 30.Kh1 Qe4+ 31.Kg1? Bd4! 30.Qg2 Qxg2+ 31.Kxg2 Bxf8, therefore 31.Qxf8+ Bxf8 32.Rxf8#
Dec-23-19  AlicesKnight: Saw it fairly quickly; an ending Anderssen would have created as white. Lack of Q-side development lost him the initiative earlier, but 28.... Rf8 is astonishing; perhaps his age (he died the following year) was telling?
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  agb2002: Black threatens Rxf2.

The rook on f8 is defended twice only: 29.Qxf8+ Bxf8 30.Rxf8#.

Dec-23-19  saturn2: White is aiming at f8 one time too much. 29 Qxf8 and mate next.

<Walter†Glattke: 29.Nxf8? Qxg4+ <30.Qg2> Qxg2+> This move 30 is not legal.

Dec-23-19  mel gibson: The easiest puzzle in the history of this website.

I saw it in under 1 second.

Dec-23-19  saturn2: 20...Bf8 seems weak and after that the game already lost.

Maybe better was

Dec-23-19  zb2cr: A mate in 2, beginning with a Queen sacrifice. 29. Qxf8+, Bxf8; 30. Rxf8#.
Dec-23-19  TheaN: Instant Monday: on a Monday IF battery THEN fire at the furthest piece ELSE check other Queen sacs. IF applies, so <29.Qxf8+ Bxf8 30.Rxf8#>.
Dec-23-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: Maybe,we have to question, didn't Anderson realize that the ♕ sacrifice would lead to a check-mate in 2? Remember that this happened in 1878, the year of the birth of phonograph by Thomas Edison, the launch of the 1st experimental powered submarine Holland I, Remington presents the 1st typewriter with SHIF option (for lower/ upper case letters), invention of the light incandescent bulb, Benz produce a two-stroke gas engine, Crooke invented the cathode rays tube, 1st operational pelton-wheel, etc.; 1 year before the birth of Albert Einstein. See: the answer 29. ♘xf8 ♗xf8 30. ♕xf8# also wins.
Dec-23-19  lost in space: Was that a Puzzle?
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  Breunor: Iíve missed Mondayís puzzles before, but this was a gimme!
Dec-23-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the great Westphalian/German chess player Wilfried Paulsen, who invented the Paulsen (Kan) variation of the Sicilian defense (1.e4,c5 2.Nf3,e6 3.d4,cxd4 4.Nxd4,a6), with which R.J. Fischer became world champion, finally found the mate in 2 moves with the queen sacrifice 29.Qxf8+!,Bxf8 30.Rxf8#.
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  patzer2: Black's decisive mistake was the odd 20...Bf8?, allowing 21. Raf1! +- (+3.10 @ 28 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, 20...Raf8 21. Raf1 ⩲ (+0.53 @ 26 ply, Stockfish 9) keeps Black in the fight.

In the opening, I don't like 3...f5?! as it neglects development and gives White a clear advantage after 4. d4 ± or the game move 4. g3 ⩲ to ±.

Instead of 3...f5?!, our Opening Explorer indicates the second player has had good results with the popular move 3...Nf6 = as in Black's win in Nienke van den Brink vs N K B Pedersen, 2017. Also solid is 3...d5 = as in Black's win in Vrachimis Boulos vs J Aagaard, 2011.

Dec-23-19  Chesgambit: Anderssen like this blunder maybe
Dec-23-19  et1: Reading all the comments - what is the logic of g4 ? White could have done Qf8 one move before ! Right ?
Dec-23-19  SpamIAm: <et1>, if white played 28. Qf8+?? it would've lost the game after 28...Bxf8 or 28...Rxf8. Your question illustrates the difference between controlling a square and occupying a square. Prior to his 28th move black controlled the f8 square with three pieces- king, rook, and bishop. But after the blunder 28...Rf8?? white was able to CAPTURE the rook with 29.Qxf8+!!. Big difference.
Dec-23-19  RandomVisitor: According to the chessgames database, Wilfried Paulsen liked to open his games with 1.e4 (55 games). His next most common opening move....? You guessed it - 1.e3 (6 games). Maybe he just got tired and dropped the pawn before it got to e4.

He opened with 1.d4 a grand total of 0 times...

Dec-23-19  RandomVisitor: According to the chessgames database, Adolf Anderssen playing the black pieces, had 1.e4 played against him 391 out of 421 games.
Dec-26-19  et1: Dear SpamIAm: sure ! many thanks for the beautiful and compreenhensive explanation. I will never forget the difference !
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