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The opposite of the Fool's Mate: The Immortal Game

Aug 11, 2012, 6:24 PM 2

This game is not my favorite famous one - for that game, you'll have to see my annotation of Paul Morphy's totally one-sided Opera Game - but given Adolf Anderssen's level of skill, I still find this game fascinating. There appears to be a moderate level of disagreement as to whether certain moves are questionable, brilliant, or even blunders, but the sheer potential of each player's moves, combined with Anderssen's seeming disregard for his pieces and his incredible level of planning, makes this game unforgettable. It is an excellent Romantic-era game, with the emphasis on development even at the cost of material, and as such I've studied it as a means to help hasten my speed of play. The opening is an accepted king's gambit. Adolf Anderssen is white and Lionel Kieseritzky is black (for those of you who haven't memorized the game), and as this will be the first game I annotate with comments and other potential moves, please be kind in critiquing my use of the inserted chess board! I'm still new to this. Without further ado, the Immortal Game!

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