Adolf Anderssen - Other Games (part 5)

Jun 19, 2008, 8:47 AM |


Other games 1851-1862

Opportunies for tournament play remained rare, and Anderssen was reluctant to travel far because of the expense. His one recorded tournament between 1851 and 1862 was at Manchester in 1857, and had an unfortunate outcome - it was a 1 game per-round knock-out tournament, and he was eliminated in the 2nd round.

After the match with Morphy, Anderssen played 2 matches against Ignác Kolisch, a "top 5" player who later became a wealthy banker and patron of chess; Anderssen drew their match in 1860 and narrowly won in 1861 (5/9; won 4, drew 2, lost 3; Kolisch was ahead at the half-way stage).

Shortly after the 1851 London International tournament, Anderssen played his two most famous games, both casual games which he won by combinations that involved several sacrifices. In the first, as white against Lionel Kieseritzky in London just after the International tournament (1851) and now called the "Immortal Game", he sacrificed a bishop, both rooks and finally his queen. In the second, played in Berlin in 1852 as white against Jean Dufresne and now called the "Evergreen Game", the total sacrifice was more modest, but still exceeded a queen and a minor piece.