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James Kipping vs Adolf Anderssen
Casual game (1857), Manchester ENG
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C52)  ·  1-0



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Oct-13-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Wow, that must be one of Anderssen's most painful losses.
Dec-23-12  Gambit All: ...16 ♘xh3 + (double check); 17. ♔h2, ♕h4 and I thought Anderssen had him. But 18. ♕e5+ beats him to the punch
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  jnpope: Source "Illustrated London News, 1857.09.26, p326"
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  fredthebear: <Gambit All: ...16 ♘xh3 + (double check); 17. ♔h2, ♕h4 and I thought Anderssen had him. But 18. ♕e5+ beats him to the punch>

The 16...Nxh3++ line works w/17...Nf4 to rescue two Black en prise pieces and maintain defense of f7. Black is threatening Greco's Mate on the newly opened h-file, but White likely trades the queens off on f7. See diagram of alternative position:

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White to move after 16...Nxh3++ and 17...Nf4. Black is winning.

Hard to imagine one of the great combinational players of all time missed this double check, but he was surely concerned that his own king cannot castle. The light-squared bishop sacrifice 18...Bxh3 was not best either, but it gained a tempo for Black's defense.

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