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James Mason vs Adolf Anderssen
Paris (1878), Paris FRA, rd 10, Jul-02
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0



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Aug-02-05  woodenbishop: Mason basically made Anderssen look like a confused amateur in this game.
Aug-02-05  who: He truly does play like an amateur. Especially Anderssen's last move. They didn't play timed games back then (I thought), so it can't be attributable to that, but 41...Bxe4 keeps black alive and kicking, whereas 41...Qb2+ sinks him like iridium in water.
Mar-09-06  fred lennox: Anderssen plays quite well here. 3...a6 looks sound. It stops the KB going to Bb5+ after...d6. It ends up being a poor move though, which in lesser hands wouldn't of made a difference. Mason plays impressively. With 4.c4 he strengthens the d pawn and hinders the queenside pawns. 9.f4 looks stronger, tightening the grip on the center. Now black does a nice job dominating the drk sqrs. on the kingside. Yet 17.Rb1 aims at the weakness of 3...a6. From that point white shows iron control. 38.Qa7, the purpose of this move is to trap black's queen. 40.Rxg2, a desperato, better rook than queen.
Apr-18-10  wordfunph: Mason-Anderssen

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black was ok but Anderssen missed 41...Bxe4+, instead he went for the silly 41...Qb2+ and resigned after 43.Kxg3

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