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Karl Mayet vs Adolf Anderssen
Berlin (1855), Berlin GER
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  0-1



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Jan-31-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: I need some explanation about Mayet's resignation here.
Feb-24-07  wolfmaster: Anderssen looked like Morphy, developing all his pieces before the big attack.
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  keypusher: <autoreparaturwerkbau> 19. exf4 Bd3+ 20. Kb3 Qe6+ 21. Nd5 (or 21. Ka4 Qc4+ 22. b4 Bc2+ 23. Kxa5 Ra8#) Rxd5 looks crushing.
Feb-04-08  KingG: I assume this is the correct score and not Mayet vs Anderssen, 1855. Can anyone confirm this?
Feb-04-08  sneaky pete: Yes, this is the correct score, but the year may be wrong. Pickard (based on Von Gottschall's classic game collection) says 1855 (and gives the last 5 moves of the other version between brackets to explain white's resignation, anticipating <Autoreparaturbau>'s request).
Feb-06-08  KingG: <sneaky pete> Ok, thanks. So it seems that this game has the correct score, and the other one has the correct date.
Jul-04-09  backrank: Sadly, it is true that Mayet's resignation after 18. ... ♘f4 is premature. Certainly the line given above by <keypusher> after 19. exf4 is correct. However, White can better play 19. ♕g5 (!), which does not allow for an easy win for Black. Best line (after 19. ♕g5) seems to be 19. ... ♕d7 (slightly better than the immediate ♗d3+) 20. ♖d1 (20. ♕xc5 ♕d3+ 21. ♔b3 ♖b8+ 22. ♔a2 ♗c4+) ♗d3+ 21. ♖xd3 (21. ♔b3 a4+!, 21. ♔d2 ♗e2+!) ♕xd3+ 22. ♔b3 ♖b8+ 23. ♔a2 (♔a4 ♕d7+) ♕c4+ 24. ♔b1 ♘d3 (Δ ♕xc3) 25. ♔c2 ♗xa3 26. bxa3 (♖xa3 ♘b4+) ♘e1+ 27. ♔d2 ♕d3+ 28. ♔xe1 ♕xc3+, winning the exchange (analysis done with the help of Rybka).

However, I doubt that Mayet would have found 19. Qg5 (!). The many threats he had to face were simple too much for him, and he resigned.

18. ... ♘xf2, instead of ♘f4, would have given Black a simple win (or, alternatively, ♘xf2 already on move 16). However, Anderssen always wanted to play brilliantly, maintaining the attack, and so he despised such trivial winning continuations :)

In summary, in spite of all the mistakes on both sides, the game is highly instructive in that White is punished for neglecting the development of his pieces and losing time in the opening. Anderssen sacrifices the exchange in order to prevent White from castling and to be able to attack the white king with the aid of a stunning knight manoevre (Nf6-d7-e5-d3!).

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19.Qg5 looks like a better defence. Black still has a very menacing position but I cannot see a killer continuation. I would imagine that Anderssen would have started off with 19...Bd3+ but if Mayet had then dared to play 20.Kd1! our Adolf might have had to settle for a draw.

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