Anastasia and the Game of Chess

Nov 6, 2011, 12:38 PM |



Anastasia's Mate, a lovely corridor mate involving a Rook and a Knight, was first exhibited in a book from where it's name derived, Anastasia and the Game of Chess ( Anastasia und das Schachspiel). Published in 1803, it the last book by the German author Wilhelm Heinse. The book is a compilation of fictional letters from a traveler in Italy with chess as the main thread of these correspondences. Divided into three sections of letters, the final letter gives chess problems and studies in which we find the mate of the chess muse, Anastasia.



The game below is an early, though not the earliest, example of Anastasia's Mate in competitive play.  Ernst Falkbeer finished off the great problemist Conrad Beyer in beautiful style: