The Evergreen Game Anderssen-Dufresne Berlin, 1852 - Part1

The Evergreen Game Anderssen-Dufresne Berlin, 1852 - Part1

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Another one of Anderssen's "friendly" games was immortalized when Wilhelm Steinitz, the first official World Champion, dubbed it "The Evergreen Game". It went like this:

              1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4

The Evans Gambit is another old-time favourite. White sacrifices a pawn so that he can gain time by pushing around Black's Bishop. Modern Grandmasters prefer 4.d3 for a quieter game.

4... Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4

Yet another pawn sacrifice. White blows apart the centre in the hope that the newly-opened lines will provide access to the Black King.

6....exd4 7.0-0 d3

Black loses time in order to prevent White from playing c3xd4, with a classical pawn center


White eschews recapturing the pawn and threatens 9.Bxf7+, which will win a pawn and check a king.

8... Qf6

Black defends the f7-pawn by placing his Queen on a vulnerable square.

9.e5 Qg6

Black doesn't fall for White's trap and play 9...Nxe5??, which leads to 10.Re1 d6 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.Qa4+, followed by 13.Qza5 and the loss of the Black Bishop. Black knows that when your King is in the center, you shouldn't open up any new files.

    10.Re1 Nge7 11.Ba3 b5?!

    Instead of getting his King to safety with 11...0-0, Black tries to counterattack. He's forgotten the prinicple that you should avoid opening lines when your King is in the center.

   12.Qxb5 Rb8 13.Qa4 Bb6 14.Nbd2 Bb7 15.Ne4 Qf5?

   Black continues to waste time and to leave his King in the senter.


       16...Qh5 17.Nf6+!

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Hey Guys thanks for Reading Part 1. Part 2 will be released Next week where the whole game will also be shared

Author: Yasser Seirawan

International GrandMaster

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