Classical Games Everybody Should Know, Part 3
Sep 11, 2011, 12:00 AM
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".