Adolf Anderssen's Belief Regarding Sacrifices
One of the themes of Adolf Anderssen's game that I have followed for quite some time is speedy and quick development. Adolf Anderssen believed that as long as this goal was acheived, potential for extremely potent attacks exist. I recently had a game (not on this site) where I had White pieces and I became so comfortable with my position that I sacrificed a knight, feeling that nothing bad could happen. While I can honestly say the sacrifice idea was overlooked (see the annonations in the posted game for details), the move didn't throw away much of my advantage, and my game was fine. This may have been what Anderssen was referring to when he emphasised the attacking potential after quick development. Even if it doesn't work, it might not really hurt you. Here's the game that I played. I was White.