The “Immortal” chess game

Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 7:50 am.

I play chess regularly both on the Internet and in real life. I sometimes search the Internet for games to study and learn from. I recently came across a very interesting game from 1851 which is known as “The Immortal Game”.

“The Immortal Game”

This very fascinating game was played between Adolf Anderssen (white) and Lionel Kieseritsky (black) during the break of a international chess tournament in London in 1851.

White allows officer after officer to be taken by black while he strategically moves his pieces into the center. Black takes and takes and even takes whites queen. If you just look at the number of pieces taken during this game then you may think that black is crushing white and winning. But if you look at the posistion then you see a completely different story. Kieseritsky gets crushed by Anderssen when you take the pieces position into account.

CC-BY-SA-2.5,2.0,1.0. (1,8s per move)

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Qh4+ 4.Kf1 b5 5.Bxb5 Nf6 6.Nf3 Qh6 7.d3 Nh5 8.Nh4 Qg5 9.Nf5 c6 10.g4 Nf6 11.Rg1 cxb5 12.h4 Qg6 13.h5 Qg5 14.Qf3 Ng8 15.Bxf4 Qf6 16.Nc3 Bc5 17.Nd5 Qxb2 18.Bd6 Bxg1 19.e5 Qxa1+ 20.Ke2 Na6 21.Nxg7+ Kd8 22.Qf6+ Nxf6 23.Be7# 1-0

The game with 3,2 seconds between moves.

This is the most impressive chess game I have seen so far. This game is listed as one of the Best Chess Games of All Time and the games position after the twentieth move was even used to decorate a stamp. There are quite a few videos who go into this game in detail, like this one, on Youtube. The more I look at the moves and the alternatives, the more impressed I get.

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