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Adolf Anderssen vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Anderssen - Steinitz (1866), London ENG, rd 1, Jul-18
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Paulsen Variation (C51)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-06  Steppenwolf: 19. Nxc6 starts a nice combination. BOUM! Steinitz learn a valuable lesson in tactics!
Feb-15-06  Boomie: In CGs database, excluding the casual game, Morphy beat a younger Anderssen 11-3-1. Steinitz record against Anderssen is 16-12-1. Steinitz importance to theory cannot be over estimated. But Morphy was a better chess player by virtue of a mind perfectly suited to the game.
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  tamar: Having played both, did Anderssen ever comment on who was better?
Feb-16-06  Boomie: Some notes from the wonderful site at

After their match in Paris, Anderssen said "Morphy is too strong for any living player to hope to win more than a game here and there."

According to Edge, "On the morning previous to his departure he (Anderssen) said in my hearing: - "I consider Mr. Morphy the finest chess player who ever existed. He is far superior to any now living, and would doubtless have beaten Labourdonnais himself. In all his games with me, he has not only played, in every instance, the exact move, but the most exact. He never makes a mistake (Morphy, present, here quietly smiled); but, if his adversary commits the slightest error, he is lost."

I haven't tracked down Anderssen's comments about Steinitz yet. Anderssen was a kind and generous man and probably also has some glowing remarks about Steinitz.

Sep-27-07  RookFile: There's another possibility: Anderssen was stronger than Steinitz too. Why not? A past his prime Anderssen put 11 wins up on the board against Steinitz's 13.
May-08-09  Fanacas: If i am correct when anderssen was gonig to play morphy at first he didnt expect first from him so he was ill prepared but even if he did morphy probaly still would have won but less convincing i think.
Mar-08-10  donehung: /Boomie\ Nice link thx. But did you realize the gamescore of the first game of the match is wrong? They have Morphys 27th as Qf3 which would be a gross blunder!? I had to come back to to double check and morphy actually played Qc6 i believe.
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  keypusher: <tamar: Having played both, did Anderssen ever comment on who was better?>

According to a book about the 1894 WC match, after his 1866 loss Anderssen said Steinitz was better. <In 1862 Anderssen told Steinitz he was no Morphy; in 1866 he put him far above Morphy.>

But I haven't seen an original quote.

Mar-08-10  TheFocus: "I knew Paul Morphy. Paul Morphy was a friend of mine. You, sir, are no Paul Morphy."
Mar-08-10  psmith: Consider that Steinitz reigned as world champion in the world of Chigorin, Zukertort, Blackburne as well as Anderssen. Which of Morphy's opponents other than Anderssen could equal those players -- all of whom Steinitz beat at match play?
Mar-08-10  TheFocus: <psmith> Great observation. The answer is no one in Anderssen's era was as strong as Steinitz' opponents. The only ones to compare would be Bird and Paulsen. Paulsen beat Anderssen also.
Mar-08-10  Petrosianic: That is an interesting question. Apart from Anderssen, who was Morphy's strongest opponent? Some might say Staunton, who he played the 2 consultation games with, but I've always thought Staunton overrated (mostly by himself). I'd say Morphy's second toughest opponent was Harrwitz.
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  NM JRousselle: Morphy had trouble with Barnes.
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  keypusher: <NM JRousselle: Morphy had trouble with Barnes.>

But no one else did.

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  tamar: many thanks <keypusher> for that link to the Steinitz-Lasker 1894 book.
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  keypusher: <tamar> You're most welcome!

I should add that Morphy didn't have <that> much trouble with Barnes -- their final score was 19:8 I think. Less one-sided than many of Morphy's scores, but still...

Jan-31-12  Knight13: 12...c6 is an improvement over ...c5 that Steinitz used to play against Anderssen. 18...Rh5 is better than ...Rf6.
Jun-17-15  TheFocus: <Knight13> <18...Rh5 is better than ...Rf6.>

No, 18...Rh5 is answered by 19.g4. If 18...Rd4, then 19.Qe2 and the Rook position has no use; 18...Rf7 is answered by 19.Ng5, and after 19...Rf8 20.N4e6.

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