My Analysis of Famous Games #1: The Immortal Draw

My Analysis of Famous Games #1: The Immortal Draw

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xiongyunuo
Feb 23, 2018, 8:28 PM |
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The Immortal Draw was a famous game played in 1872 in Vienna by Carl Hamppe and Philipp Meitner. For more information on this game, see Immortal Draw.  

The Immortal Draw

                                                                            The Immortal Draw

Here I first briefly introduce Carl Hamppe and Philipp Meitner.

Carl Hamppe was born in 1814 in Switzerland and died in 1876. He was a Austrian chess master and theoretician. However, he was also a senior government official in Vienna. He had twice won the Vienna championship, and his most famous game was of course The Immortal Draw, this game also brought him lots of fame. For more information about Carl Hamppe refer to Carl Hamppe.

Philipp Meitner (24 August 1839, Vienna – 9 December 1910, Vienna) was an Austrian lawyer and chess master.

Meitner studied at the Vienna Polytecnic, and William Steinitz was a fellow student.

Philipp Meitner was the father of Dr. Lise Meitner. Here is his photo:

 

Philipp

                 Philipp Meitner

Now let's turn our attention to the game itself. So why do we call it "Immortal". I think there's two reasons: First, black has sacrificed a huge amount of pieces from the start of the game, he sacrificed his bishop on his third move, his queen on his ninth move, and then his knight, but the result was a draw! Second, even the computer can't analyze this game quite correctly, it says white is winning from the start, I think it wound be a huge improvement for artificial intelligence if computer can analyze this game correctly. Anyway, I do the analysis myself and here is the analysis:

And here's the whole game, hope you enjoy it!

I'll show you more famous games later! Thanks for your reading!