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Adolf Anderssen vs Paul Morphy
Casual game (1858), Paris FRA, Dec-29
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Cozio Defense (C33)  ·  0-1



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Apr-10-04  InspiredByMorphy: Morphy brings his queen rook into an active winning combination with haste playing 22.Rb6 followed by 23.Rg6 24.Rg2 shows the pressure Anderssen was feeling, allowing an obvious pin winning the exchange.
Jan-10-06  morpstau: No its not a pin but a skewer and one in which the german professor overlooked. I think the kings gambit should never be played agaisnt Morphy on ant occasion! By the way whats with 4.e5? that deserves undoubtly a fat question mark as black gains the iniuative and never looks back to score the victory.
Apr-28-06  midknightblue: hello I am studying this game now from chapter 8 of the nice book - "A first book of Morphy"
Apr-20-07  wolfmaster: Wednesday puzzle after 34. Nf3.
Feb-25-11  Llawdogg: This game was one of six casual games played after the Match was over just for fun while they waited three hours for the official photograph to be taken.
Sep-22-11  Llawdogg: 36 Kf2 Qg1 37 Ke2 Qe1# is the conclusion.
Jun-06-12  Garech: 27...Qc8!
Aug-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858.
Your score: 72 (par = 57)


PS. Par is now 58.

Dec-13-14  MindCtrol9: ┬ĚThere are 2 ways: 36.Kf2 Qe8+ 37.Kg2 Qg1++ and the other to mate with 36.Kf2 Qg8+ 37..ke2 Qe1++
Aug-15-15  Sally Simpson:

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" No its not a pin but a skewer and one in which the german professor overlooked."

It's neither, the Rooks are of equal value, it's a harppon and Anderssen did not overlook it he played it on purpose.

Anderssen realised he is lost so instead of waiting till Morphy moves in for the kill and techniques him off the board Anderssen decides to roll the dice, a ploy that saved him a few lost games over his career.

He wanted the Bishop off the c8-h3 diagonal so he could push his e-pawn and here a few moves later. (Black to play)

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If Morphy had played 26...Rxf7?? or 26..Kxf7? then White is right back in the game with 26...Rxf7 27.Qxg6+ or 26...Kxf7 27. Ne5+

This game:

Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858

Same thing, an exchange sac (Anderssen probably sacked the exchange more than Petrosian but writers and pundits have given the exchange sac copyright to Petrosian.)

This time Anderssen succeeded in bamboozling Morphy and got a draw.

Quite an exceptional player was Anderssen and there is a lot more to him than just those two games The Immortal and The Evergreen.

Oct-09-20  paulmorphy1969: the day after their last game on December 28th they started by mutual agreement an unofficial challenge on the king's gambit accepted over 6 games, so the date is December 29th 1858
Sep-21-21  paulmorphy1969: the day after the end of the official match, 29 Dec 1858 Morphy and Anderssen played a quick friendly match of 6 games, played in just three hours (called the King's Gambit Match) in fact Morphy and Anderssen agreed to play all the Re.Morphy's Gambetti match alone won 5 - Anderssen won 1 Anderssen later noted:
"Morphy is too strong for any living player to hope to win more than one game here and there."
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  keypusher: <Sally Simpson>

<If Morphy had played 26...Rxf7?? or 26..Kxf7? then White is right back in the game with 26...Rxf7 27.Qxg6+ or 26...Kxf7 27. Ne5+>

"Maybe Morphy will hang a rook" doesn't strike me as a good basis for a plan. Generally speaking Anderssen played worse in these games than he had in the match, probably because he felt quite hopeless against Morphy by this point.

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