The immortal game

Sep 29, 2007, 12:00 AM |
6 | Amazing Games


Apologies if the following game is mentioned in already.
This is about one of the most famous chess games, the titanic dual between Adolf Anderssen (playing white) and Lionel Kieseritzky in 1851.  It was aptly coined the immortal game, due to brilliant sacrificial but attacking play. Anderssen forces checkmate at move 23.   Perhaps there was a double-meaning here?  After all, chess itself can be said to be an immortal game - it has been played for centuries, and will probably be played for all time...
Adolf Anderssen was one of the strongest players of his time and was considered by many to be the world champion after winning the 1851 London tournament.  Lionel Kieseritzky lived in France much of his life, where he gave chess lessons, and played games for five francs an hour at the Café de la Regence in Paris.  Kieseritzky was well known for being able to beat lesser players despite handicapping himself — by playing without his queen, for example.
Played between the two great players at the Simpson's-in-the-Strand Divan in London, the immortal game was an informal one played during a break in a formal tournament. Kieseritzky was very impressed when the game was over, and telegraphed the moves of the game to his Parisian chess club. The French chess magazine La Regence published the game in July 1851.


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