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Adolf Anderssen vs Louis Paulsen
Leipzig (1877), Leipzig GER, rd 11, Jul-21
Anderssen Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: Wow, check out Black's 22nd move. I hope he was paid a large sum of money to make it.
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  Calli: Schallop in the tournament book discusses 22...Re6 then says

"Statt dessen tut er den ganz unglauben Fehlzug, der Dame kostet." (Instead of this, he makes a completely unbelievable bad move, costing the Queen.)

This was a last round game. Maybe they played too many double round days - 11 rds in 6 days.

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  Pawn and Two: I think Schallop is correct, 22...Qxh2 is certainly an "unglaublichen fehlzug".

Perhaps the knowledge that he had won the tournament regardless of the outcome of this game, put Paulsen in a frame of mind that was not conducive to preventing blunders.

Paulsen won this tournament with a score of 9/11. Anderssen and Zukertort, winning their last round games, finished 2nd & 3rd with 8.5/11.

Anderssen then beat Zukertort in a 1 game playoff for 2nd place.

Next Anderssen and Paulsen played a match, with Paulsen winning by a score of +5, -3, =1.

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  Calli: <P+2> See my collection near bottom of the page.
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  Pawn and Two: <Calli> Excellent! Will you be submitting the 4 missing games for the Leipzig tournament? I note they are in the tournament book. It seems that it does take a very long time for submitted games to appear in this database.

I note you are showing that Anderssen won this 3rd and last match with L. Paulsen. Paulsen actually won by the score you indicate.

One additional game would make this Leipzig 1877 collection complete. It is the consultation game played on July 22 between L. Paulsen, Dr C. Goring & J. Metger (White) vs A. Anderssen, J.H. Zukertort & Dr. C. Schmid (Black). Anderssen was on the winning side, as Black won this game in 63 moves. This game is also in the tournament book.

As you have noted earlier, they certainly played a lot of chess in a short amount of time at Leipzig 1877.

The 11 round tournament started on July 16th and was completed on the 21st. The consultation game was played on July 22nd. Then the Zukertort -Anderssen playoff game on the 23rd and finally the 9 game Anderssen - Paulsen match was played July 23rd to the 28th. A total of 22 games for the oldest competitor, Adolph Anderssen!

In 1878, Anderssen and L. Paulsen met for the last time in the 1878 Frankfurt tournament. Considering his tournament wins at Leipzig 1877 and Frankfurt 1878, it is too bad that Paulsen could not also have entered the great Paris tournament of 1878.

Anderssen completed his last game at Paris on July 23rd and then had to get to Frankfurt for the first round on the 27th.

Louis Paulsen won the Frankfurt 1878 tournament with a score of +8 -1. Anderssen scored +5 -2 =2 and finished in 3rd place behind the 2nd place finisher A. Schwarz.

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  Calli: <P+2> Yes, I've been lazy about entering games. Will do it in the next day or so. Also wanted to enter the Haupturnier games which seem to appear no place else.
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  Calli: <P+2> Games submitted.
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  Calli: The main tournament collection is complete:
Game Collection: Anderssen-Freier, Leipzig 1877

Also found a nice group shot, so click on the link for the X table, progressive table and the photo.

Aug-14-09  Knight13: 21...Qd5 looks like the best move to me. ...Qh4+ does absolutely nothing useful.
Aug-14-09  ounos: I only saw the game up to 11. Ne1. I really look forward to see how Black managed to lose *that*
Aug-14-09  ounos: Oh. OK then...
Oct-20-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES!
Oct-20-12  notyetagm: <keypusher: Wow, check out Black's 22nd move. I hope he was paid a large sum of money to make it.>


Dec-22-18  DonChalce: 22... Qh2 is probably the biggest blunder in history. maybe i am wrong but also close to the truth.
Dec-22-18  sudoplatov: Far worse blunder a few years later:
Tarrasch vs Chigorin, 1893
Dec-22-18  RookFile: Paulsen was such a careful player. Such a move was rare for him.
Jan-18-21  ariel el luchador: es increíble como Paulsen cayó en una celada simple teniendo mejor posición

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