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Classical Games Everybody Should Know, Part 3

  • GM Gserper
  • | Sep 11, 2011
  • | 17012 views
  • | 49 comments

We continue our exploration of classical chess games with the next immortal gem. It is a truly unique situation when a chess player became famous because of just one ultra short game he played (just 7 moves).  Moreover, as far as I know, it is the only known game of this chess player. And yet, he has his own entry in Wikipedia. Yes, he was the first chess teacher of the great Philidor; but his true fame comes from the next game where he introduced the "Legal's mate".

(Just like in most of my articles I give you a chance to test your chess skills, so the games are given as a Quiz.  Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list".)

 

 

The final combination and especially the final position of the following game was reprinted countless times and yet whenever I see it I cannot help but smile. The fact that the game was played by two of the strongest players of that time in their unofficial World Championship match only makes it more valuable.  Enjoy it!
The next game by two juniors who later became super-GMs again demonstrates how important it is to know the classical heritage. 
The next game was played by the first Russian world-class player Alexander Petrov (the opening 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 is named after him), and is sometimes called " Petrov's Immortal Game".
Since we mentioned "Petrov's immortal game", we cannot miss the next one.  It is probably the most famous chess game ever played and is rightfully called "the Immortal Game".
to be continued...

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    oldpal

    Brilliant everybody should know these games

  • 3 years ago

    zotalegre

    <<to end up on an attacked square>> again? take the O-O: the "attacked square" would be f1... so the attack arrived just when the King stops on g1... wow:)

  • 3 years ago

    g-levenfish

    Nice article!

  • 3 years ago

    subandi00

    good job mr,....

  • 3 years ago

    TAshahin

    very nice thank you very much

  • 3 years ago

    thewinner000

    solved everything! i like "petrov's immortal game."

  • 3 years ago

    ncmike2011

    indelibly part of memory,gr8 stuff

  • 3 years ago

    athalurijagadish

    all the games were educative, but the last one was played with so much coolness,despite the material loss.thank you very much.

  • 3 years ago

    Jebcc

    great work serper another good article

  • 3 years ago

    SherlockHolmes94

    Very nice!!

  • 3 years ago

    mladja

    bravissimo!

  • 3 years ago

    bobbyb2357

    the last 3 moves of the last one may be fairly easy to see, but getting to that point-sacrificing so much material- is what makes it interesting

  • 3 years ago

    zotalegre

    @pakire wrote: «  It is ok for the rook to start out attacked, or to pass through an attacked square, or to end up on an attacked square.»  

    how could the kind avoid passing through that attacked square?

  • 3 years ago

    Groen

    Weeeh up to part four :-)

  • 3 years ago

    king17saj

    nice games.  thanks...

  • 3 years ago

    Ramel333

    I once did the Legal mate on my older brother, he was so upset, he wanted to fight me. LOL. Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    Prerak___Choksi___

    Smile wow nice games

  • 3 years ago

    jaysee7

    grt games

  • 3 years ago

    mada55

    outstanding!!

  • 3 years ago

    pakire

    Tusker -- yes, it is legal, since the king does not pass through an attacked square, and the king does not end up on an attacked square, and the king is not in check.  It is ok for the rook to start out attacked, or to pass through an attacked square, or to end up on an attacked square.

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