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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chess Trivia: Remembering the Immortal Game

Adolf Anderssen

Hello Everyone!

The mysteries of chess are so many that despite all the computers and technology today we still learn from the games of the masters. Here is one such fantastic game with all kinds of sacrifices. You have to have the nerve to play this kind of a game and a true understanding of chess.

The Immortal Game was played on 21 June 1851 by Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky. Anderssen sacrificed both Rooks, a Bishop and then even his Queen! Actually the game was played during a break in a tournament. Kieseritzky sent the game to his Parisian chess club and the game was first published in the French chess magazine La Régence in July 1851. This game was however, named thus only in 1855 by the Austrian Ernst Falkbeer.

You can read more details of the game at the wikipedia page but here is the game to run in our pgnplayer or watch it in flash below.

PGN: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Qh4+ 4.Kf1 b5 5.Bxb5 Nf6 6.Nf3 Qh6 7.d3 Nh5 8.Nh4 Qg5 9.Nf5 c6 10.g4 Nf6 11.Rg1 cxb5 12.h4 Qg6 13.h5 Qg5 14.Qf3 Ng8 15.Bxf4 Qf6 16.Nc3 Bc5 17.Nd5 Qxb2 18.Bd6 Bxg1 19. e5 Qxa1+ 20. Ke2 Na6 21.Nxg7+ Kd8 22.Qf6+ Nxf6 23.Be7# 1-0

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