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Adolf Anderssen vs Victor Knorre
Berlin (1865), Berlin GER
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Paulsen Variation (C51)  ·  1-0



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Mar-24-13  philby47: Can someone explain 16. Kh1?
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  offramp: <philby47: Can someone explain 16. Kh1?>

Here is my opinion. This is the position before 16.Kh1:

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Anderssen may have thought about his opponent's options.

If black was to play he might try ...Ne5 because if Nxe5 fxe5 there is a potential pin on the f-pawn so that ...c4 is a threat:

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But after 16.Kh1, if black had now played 16... Ne5 then 17. Nxe5 fxe5 18. f4!

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...and white is okay.

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  chesslad: Anderssen's idea with Kh1 is to follow with Rg1 and advance the g pawn, exchanging it, thereby gaining an open g-file with which to attack the Black King. This attack is often seen in Anderssen's games where he played White in the Evans Gambit.

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