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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Adolf Anderssen
Vienna (1873), Vienna AUH, rd 8, Aug-15
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0

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Jul-25-07  thedoyle: Kd6 Rf6+ losing queen + rook Kc7 Rxb6 Kxb6 Qxd7
Sep-05-07
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  WTHarvey: Fwiw, 39.Qc8+ is a mate in 3: 39.Qc8+ Kd6 40.Rxf6+ Re6 41.Rxe6#
Apr-23-18
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  Big Pawn: Didn’t Black miss 10...Nxc2+ 11. Kd1 Nxa1?
Apr-23-18  sneaky pete: Anderssen maybe didn't want to be on the receiving end of a sacrifice, or he overestimated white's chances after 12.Qxg7 .. in that line.


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The tournament book gives some lines showing that 12... Kd7 leaves black on top. After the more obvious 12... Rf8 13.fxe5 .. with Bh6 .. and Rf1 .. it's not so clear who is better.

Dec-08-20
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  keypusher: <sneaky pete: Anderssen maybe didn't want to be on the receiving end of a sacrifice, or he overestimated white's chances after 12.Qxg7 .. in that line.>

This was a famous position in the 19th century, viz. Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1895 (without a3 and ...a6). The addition of the pawn moves is all in Black's favor, since he can play ...b5 at the right moment and also has a better chance of getting his knight out. So Anderssen should have taken the rook.

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