GM Adolf Anderssen

Full name
Adolf Anderssen
Jul 6, 1818 - Mar 13, 1879 (age 60)
Place of birth
Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland)

The pioneer of amazing attacks and brilliant sacrifices, Adolf Anderssen was the most successful European tournament player in the mid-1800s. Famous for his crazy tactical games, particularly the “Immortal Game” and “Evergreen Game”, he astonished spectators and opponent’s with seemingly impossible attacks that always ended the game beautifully. Despite playing at a time when Paul Morphy was on the rise, Anderssen continued to be one of the most feared players of his generation.

Adolf Anderssen had a late start in chess, not becoming a well-known player until the late-1840s. At that time was invited to play in the first international chess tournament which was going to be held in 1851. In order to prepare for this tournament, Anderssen played more than 100 games against strong opposition and this greatly increased his playing strength. He ended up winning the 1851 International Tournament and was then recognized as the strongest chess player in the world. After this tournament, Anderssen continued to crush the majority of tournaments he played in Europe. His main weakness was in matches against one specific player, but this didn’t keep him from continuing to be one of the best players of his time. Anderssen passed away on March 13, 1879.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Petrov's Defense (4) : C42
Anderssen Opening (7) : A00
Giuoco Piano Game (98) : C51 C53 C55 C52 C50 C54
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
Scandinavian Defense (2) : B01
King's Gambit Accepted (63) : C39 C37 C34 C38 C33
King's Gambit Declined (11) : C31 C30
Modern Defense (1) : B06
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Dutch Defense (1) : A82
Scotch Game (2) : C44
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Black Pieces
Three Knights Opening (8) : C46
Four Knights Game (3) : C49 C48
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
English Opening (3) : A13 A10
Giuoco Piano Game (91) : C55 C52 C50 C51 C53 C54
Van't Kruijs Opening (2) : A00
Queen's Gambit Declined (2) : D31 D50
Vienna Game (10) : C25
Scotch Game (10) : C45 C44
Bird's Opening (2) : A02
King's Gambit Declined (6) : C30 C31
French Defense (2) : C00
King's Gambit Accepted (70) : C39 C33 C37 C38
Bishop's Opening (2) : C23 C26
Dutch Defense (9) : A84 A83 A82 A85
Ponziani Opening (4) : C44
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
Scandinavian Defense (2) : B01
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32