Søren Anton Sørensen

batgirl
batgirl
Jan 7, 2009, 3:24 PM |
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An acquaintance of mine, Martin Moller (martin moller at chessgames.com) has a website devoted to Danish chess for the period between 1830 and 1930.
Chess had been played in a many countries as early as 1830. Some lovers of chess have gone to great lengths to document those historic chess activities in some countries, but there are just as many or more countries whose chess past has either been forgotten or not very well accounted for. Denmark, it seems to me, is one of those countries in sore need of some explorations into their national chess history. Mr. Moller's wonderful site, while just in its infancy, provides a lot of very interesting information of the hisory of Danish chess.  Hindered somewhat by the restrictions of the web host,  Mr. Moller assures me he hopes to put up more games and a section on Danish women's chess.

 


One player I became familiar with through Martin's site is Søren Anton Sørensen, who, born on January 31, 1840, (dying on February 11, 1896) was a contemporary of Morphy. Sørensen, who was a lieutenant colonel in the Danish army, also edited the Nordisk Skaktidende between 1870 and 1880.
Besides being an inventive and creative player, Sørensen was a capable problemist and along with A. Arnell, published "Nordiske Skakproblemer 1858-78" (generously available in pdf format from
Anders Thulin's site).


Søren Anton Sørensen
from chessgames.com with the caption:
"From the book Lettisk Gambit af Borge Andersen"


 According to Martin, Sørensen won a problem tournament in London in 1874 with the following problem which proved so difficult it even stumped the judges.

White to move and Mate in 4

 

 

 

 

An example of playing style:

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Other games:
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[Event "Deutsches Wochenschach, Dec. 1889"]
[Site "Denmark"]
[Date "1888.06.17"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Sørensen,S.A"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. Bxf7+ Kxf7 5. Nxe5+ Nxe5 6. d4 Qh4 7. O-O
Ng4 8. h3 Bd6 9. e5 Bxe5 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. Qd5+ Kf6 12. f4 Ng6 13. Nc3 d6
14. Be3 Ke7 15. Rae1 Kd8 16. Nb5 Nf6 17. Qc4 Ne8 18. Bf2 Qf6 19. Bd4 Qh4
20. Rxe8+ Kxe8 21. Nxc7+ Kf8 22. f5 Ne5 23. f6 gxf6 24. Qd5 Kg7 25. Qxd6
Rg8 26. Rxf6 Qxf6 27. Bxe5
1-0
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[Event "Copenhagen"]
[Site "Copenhagen"]
[Date "1862.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "A Mathiassen"]
[Black "Soren Anton Sorensen"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nxe5 Qf6 4. d4 d6 5. Nc4 fxe4 6. Nc3 Bf5
7. Ne3 c6 8. Bc4 d5 9. Nexd5 cxd5 10. Nxd5 Qd8 11. c3 Bd6
12. Qb3 Nd7 13. Qxb7 Ne7 14. Nxe7 Bxe7 15. Bb5 O-O 16. Bxd7
Bxd7 17. Qxe4 Rf6 18. Qd5+ Re6+ 19. Be3 Rb8 20. O-O-O Rb5
21. Qc4 Qb8 22. d5 Rxb2 23. dxe6 Rb1+ 24. Kd2 Qb2+ 25. Ke1 Bb5
26. Qg4 Qxc3+ 27. Bd2 Qe5+ 28. Be3 h5 0-1
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[Event "SVE corr"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1876.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Soren Anton Sorensen"]
[Black "Leffler"]

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Nc6
7.Nf3 Nf6 8.Qc2 d6 9.O-O-O Bxc3 10.Qxc3 Be6 11.Rhe1 Bxc4
12.Qxc4 O-O 13.e5 Ne8 14.g4 Kh8 15.h4 f6 16.e6 Qe7 17.Qb3 Ne5
18.Nd4 c5 19.Nf5 Qc7 20.e7 Rg8 21.Qe6 c4 22.Bxe5 dxe5 23.g5
Qb6 24.Nd6 h6 25.Nf7+ Kh7 26.g6+ Kxg6 27.h5+ Kh7 28.Qf5+ g6
29.hxg6+ Kg7 30.Rh1 1-0
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[Event "Copenhagen Casual"]
[Site "Copenhagen Denmark"]
[Date "1879.03.20"]
[EventDate "1879.03.20"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "H Ruben"]
[Black "Soren Anton Sorensen"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nf6 4.Bc4 Qe7 5.d4 fxe4 6.O-O d5 7.Bb3
Bf5 8.c4 Nbd7 9.Bf4 g5 10.Bxg5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qxe5 12.Bxf6 Qxf6
13.Qxd5 c6 14.Qd2 Rg8 15.Re1 Rd8 16.Qc3 Rd4 17.Bc2 Bb4 18.Qxb4
Rxg2+ 19.Kxg2 Bh3+ 20.Kxh3 Qf3+ 21.Kh4 e3+ 22.Kg5 Qf4+ 23.Kh5
Qh4# 0-1
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[Event "Copenhagen"]
[Site "Copenhagen"]
[Date "1862.07.25"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Soren Anton Sorensen"]
[Black "Martin Severin From"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nxe4 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Nxe5 d5 6. Bb3
Bd6 7. d4 Be6 8. Qe2 c6 9. O-O Nbd7 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 g5
12. Bg3 h5 13. h3 h4 14. Bh2 g4 15. hxg4 h3 16. g3 Bxe5
17. dxe5 Nxg4 18. f4 Qb6+ 19. Kh1 Bf5 20. Bg1 Qc7 21. Nxd5
cxd5 22. Bxd5 O-O-O 23. Rf3 Kb8 24. Re3 Qa5 25. Bxb7 Kxb7
26. Qf3+ Kb8 27. Ra3 Nc5 28. Bxc5 Qxc5 29. Rb3+ Qb6 30. Rf1
Rd2 31. Rxb6+ axb6 32. Qc6 h2 0-1