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Adolf Anderssen vs Jules Arnous de Riviere
"Crossing de Riviere" (game of the day May-06-2022)
Paris (1858), Paris FRA, Dec-??
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Perreux Variation (C55)  ·  1-0



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Oct-06-09  heuristic: mo' better moves :

28...Bd6 29.Rxh2+ Rxh2 30.Ke6 b6 31.b4

Aug-25-11  bengalcat47: As Fine said, "The King is a strong piece, use it!" -- although I don't think this is quite Fine had in mind!
Dec-30-11  Clodhopper: Neat ending, but 14... Be7 is so weak it is hard to believe it is real. It makes me suspect that De Riviere is a fiction and the game is actually a composition.
Jun-25-12  ForeverYoung: the final position is hysterical!
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  FSR: My king is made for walking, and that's just what he'll do. One of these days my king is going to walk all over you!
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  Phony Benoni: <"With Queens on the board, long King marching is uncommon; giving mate with the King, as it were, a miracle.

"Anderssen's King grimly treads across the field of battle, as if to have it out in person with his royal enemy. It is a pelting game, but it has that baronial elegance which is the nature and rare distinction of his play. He ought to have been a legend!"> -- William Ewart Napier

Nov-04-14  thegoodanarchist: < Phony Benoni: <"With Queens on the board, long King marching is uncommon; giving mate with the King, as it were, a miracle.

"Anderssen's King grimly treads across the field of battle, as if to have it out in person with his royal enemy. It is a pelting game, but it has that baronial elegance which is the nature and rare distinction of his play. He ought to have been a legend!"> -- William Ewart Napier>

I'd say he is a legend

Jul-17-19  fkohn: <As Fine said, "The King is a strong piece, use it!"> True, but Fine also said that chess was about father murder, so, idk.
Oct-18-21  goodevans: "Escape to Victory"
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  noads4me: <Clodhopper>
D Reviere is a real person. He is in the database.
May-06-22  Brenin: An enjoyable game to play through, though too many poor moves on both sides to call it a classic. The ending is very pleasing: not only is g8 the safest square for White's K, it allows him to help in delivering mate.
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  HeMateMe: Ah, the days of swashbuckling attacks!
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  Teyss: Surprised Missy knows what "rivière" means in French. OK, I'll stop teasing her. For 24 hours.
(For memo the player's name also includes an accent which doesn't show in CG:

Anyhow, Rivière was indeed probably crossed to have played 19...Kh6 trapping his K instead of 19...Kg8. Here White has apparently nothing better than perpetual with Qe6+ Qe4+ etc. If 20.Qxe7? Rf8+ 21.Kmoves Qg3+ and/or Qxg2+ wins the R and the WK is more exposed than the BK (SF -10.3 at 32 ply at best).

Another game where the King marches to deliver mate: Short vs Timman, 1991

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  Teyss: <Dear fellow kibitzers> I'm desperately trying to find a game where White blunders by checking with his Queen the Black King, pushing it to White's side where it can deliver mate. It's an endgame with Q+Ps vs Q+Ps (there might be a B left also) and at least one of the players is famous. Does it ring a bell for anyone?
May-06-22  Brenin: For what it's worth, according to Wikipedia, Rivière is a great-great-great-grandfather to Boris Johnson, who takes a similarly swashbuckling approach to politics.
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  rodchuck: FSR It's been a long time since your post (2012), but your witticism is fabulous - Nancy Sinatra's song accompanied me on several rock climbs in Wales in the 1970's. Thanks!
May-06-22  AlicesKnight: Black seems to be doomed as soon as he lets the white K head back to the K-side (move 27). A remarkable conception by Anderssen. <rodchuck> Indeed so!
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  playground player: Love it! Stand up and cheer!
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  FSR: <Teyss> Are you thinking of Filip vs K Darga, 1961?
May-06-22  Whitehat1963: Walked along the precipice for a while before pulling out the victory.
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  Teyss: <FSR> Yes, many thanks, your memory is impressive as usual (much better than mine, forgot about that R). Good pun of yours too.
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  GrahamClayton: <heuristic>
28...Bd6 29.Rxh2+ Rxh2 30.Ke6 b6 31.b4

31. Kf7 and there is no defence against 32. Qg6#.

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  FSR: <Teyss> If you have questions about anything chess, you can ask on my forum. Good chance I'll know the answer.
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  MissScarlett: This is one of three Anderssen - de Riviere games that appear in the February (?) 1859 <Chess Player's Chronicle>, pp.54-57 as <lately played in Paris>.

According to Lawson, Anderssen arrived in Paris by December 15th and departed home on January 2nd, the match lasting from the 20-28th. Edge reports showing Anderssen the sights before visiting the La Regence club where Anderssen, no doubt wishing to get some practice, played some casual games with Harrwitz. It seems more likely than not that these three (or more) games with de Riviere were also played prior to the match, although Anderssen is meant to have had a liking for offhand play, so even January 1st can't be ruled out. In any event, December 1858 is the most reasonable dating.

Regarding the dating of his other games with de Riviere, Lawson quotes an Anderssen letter to Tassilo von der Lasa, dated December 31st 1859, which states his intention to return to Paris in the Easter holidays (Easter Sunday in 1860 fell on April 8th).

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  MissScarlett: There were two versions of the score, based on <18.Qe6+> vs. <18.Qd5+>. Following the <CPC> (probably the first publication), I changed the main score to <Qd5+>. Now play spot the difference:
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