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Adolf Anderssen vs Paul Morphy
Paris m 1858  ·  Anderssen Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0

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Feb-13-04   Whitehat1963: Morphy's longest in the database.
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  InspiredByMorphy: 21. ... b6
22. Qa2 Nf6
23. Re2 Nd5
24. Bxd5 cxd5
25. Qxd5 Rf6
26. a5 Qc7
27. axb6 axb6
28. Bb2 Rd8
29. Qb3 b5
30. Qxb5 Be7
31. c4 Rb6
32. Qxf5 Qxc4
33. Ref2 Qd3
34. Qf7 Bf8
35. Re1 Rdb8
36. Bc1 Bb4
37. Rb2 Rc8
38. Qd7 Rf8
39. Rf1 Rfb8
40. Ra2 Bf8
41. f5 R6b7
42. Qc6 Rb6
43. Qc2 Rb4
44. Qxd3 exd3
45. Ra3 Rb3
46. Rxb3 Rxb3
47. e4 Bb4
48. Be3 Kg8
49. e5 Bc3
50. Rd1 d2
51. Kf1 Rb4
52. g4 g6
53. h4 gxf5
54. gxf5 Bxd4
55. Bxd2 Rb5
56. Bg5 Bxe5
57. Rd8+ Kf7
58. Rd7+ Ke8
59. Rd2 h6
60. Bxh6 Bf6
61. Rf2 Bxh4
62. Rf3 Kf7
63. Bd2 Bf6
64. Kg2 Rb2
65. Rf2 Bh4
66. Re2 Bg5
67. Bxg5 Rxe2+
and draws.
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  fred lennox: Anderssen massive attacks are not as agile as Morphy. If somewhat inflexible it had strength in endurance. Once he has his momentum going he was dangerous, as his two victories against Morphy show, both over 70 moves.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The Anderssen Attack was my #1 opening in high school--I didn't have time to study all openings, so I focused on Black and played this as White. Weakest response: 1.a3,a5?; 2.e4! 1...a6 is not as good as it looks; in my games, my extra move tended to prove more useful than Black's. After 1...e5, 2.c4 is not as good as you might think; if it were, you'd see a lot more of 1.c4,e5; 2.a3. No one fell for the positional trap 1.a3,e5; 2.c4,Nf6; 3.d3,d5?!;,Nd5; 5.Nf3,Nc6; 6.g3 with a good reversed Najdorf/Dragon hybrid. I used to try 2.e4 and play a good double KP with colors reversed, but later turned to 2.d3. After 1.a3,d5; 2.Nf3,c5; 3.c4,d4; 4.b4,cb; 5.Bb2 is a Benko with no pawn sac. After 1.a3,c5 I would try 2.c4. The best move for Black is 1...g6. White should try 2.g3, and each side will try to manouver into a game in which he/she has Black with a move in hand. In well-played games, my opponents and I would end up playing, for lack of a better term, the Grey pieces!
Aug-13-04   Everett: Against 1.a3 a strong line for black would no doubt be the closed Sicilian.
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  InspiredByMorphy: What a hideously long kibitz I left earlier. Chessmaster analysis is not what its cracked up to be. Anderssen plays very strongly in this game, and deserved to win. 12. ...Rh6 only looks good. It is premature, and did almost no good for Morphy. Steinitz claims that Anderssen had a stronger move in the game with 33.Qb7 although I dont personally find this to be stronger. One thing for certain that Anderssen missed that wins quicker was a discovered check with 37.d5+
Dec-24-04   quXa: <InspiredByMorphy> It doesn't win, it's a trade of pawns there. White has an undefended pawn on e3.

37. d5+ Kf8 ( not Kg6, and maybe in the longer run g4 for white, or else the rook doesn't defend c6, and the other ones get killed by dxc6+ ) 38. cxb6
(38. dxc6 Rxc6 and the other pawn is lost)
38... Bxb6
39. dxc6 Bxe3+
40. Rxc6 Bb4+

Isn't such a nice position to be in.

Apr-30-05   Jaymthegenius: I often play this opening, I enjoy 1.a3,e5 2.c4,Nf6 3.e6,d5 4.cxd5,Nxd5 5.Qb6, Anderrsen has a nice continuation as well!
Apr-30-05   Jaymthegenius: Also, I play alot of Rook lifts as Morphy demonstrated.
Apr-30-05   aw1988: <Jaymthegenius> Why Qb3?
May-02-05   Jaymthegenius: Because I have this CD "modern Way's of playing the sicilian" That give 1.e4,c5 2..Nf3,e6 3.d4,cxd4 4.Nxd4,Qb6?! 5.Nc3,Bc5 and reverse with a pawn at a3 and move in hand would be quite usefull!
Oct-07-05   AlexanderMorphy: Good game, yes Morphy should have resigned earlier!
Oct-08-05   AlexanderMorphy: Anderssen really liked this opening...most of his opponents of that time probably didn't know how to counter it!
Nov-30-05   chessplayerx: Good play by Anderssen.
Jan-11-06   morpstau: Well every dog has his day and why not old anderssen. I like the fact though that it takes Adolf over 70 moves to beat his young rival in the only 2 games he wins of the match. It just proves even if Morphy losses he shines.
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  ChessDude33: <Sneaky: Do you have an opinion how Black should proceed in order to prove 1.a3 a waste of time?>

1...g6 or a reversed Colle system (1.a3 d5 2. d4 Nf6) makes 1. a3 look alittle funny.

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  keypusher: <quxa> 37. d5+ Kf8 38. d6 Bd8 39. Rf2! bxc5 40. Rxf5+ Nf6 41. g4! Rg6 42. g5 and White wins.
Oct-18-06   schnarre: <ChessDude33> Hardly, as I've beaten 1...g6 with 1. a3. I stick to 2. c4 instead of other moves like 2. d4 though (even vs. 1...d5).
Nov-09-06   ismet: Anderssen known that Morphy was Genius. and He also had computer program brain . So today modern chess players plays against strong chess programs like this way. Closed game and unusual moves.Anderssen saw him.
Jan-07-07   Rubenus: <ismet> You are right! Anderssen was almost as brilliant as Morphy and probably knew what Morphy weaknesses were. If you have to play against the world champion, play 1. a3!! or 1...a6!! (Karpov vs. Miles). What would Morphy do against a Hippo or King's Indian do you think?
Feb-24-07   nimzo knight: Looks more like a Karpov Vs Kramnik. Very positional ....
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  Richard Taylor: Good game by Anderssen - quite deep for those days...
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  Floyd5642: I don't think I could be brave enough to play 1 a3. I also don't think of myself as strong enough to follow through with it.
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  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Anderssen 7 mistakes:
31.Ra8+ 1.60 (31.c5 2.47)
37.cxb6 1.07 (37.d5+ 2.30)
41.Bf8 1.25 (41.d5 2.06)
42.Kf2 0.25 (42.Kf1 1.43)
47.Bf1 0.02 (47.Ra7 0.96)
50.Bg8 0.55 (50.Bg7+ 1.11)
57.Ke2 0.59 (57.Rc1 2.81)

Morphy 14 mistakes:
29...g5 2.52 (29...Rc8 0.62)
32...Rxa8 2.35 (32...Qc7 1.42)
38...Bc7 2.04 (38...Nd6 1.07)
44...Rh4 1.01 (44...f4 0.28)
47...Rg3+ 0.36 (47...Rh4 0.02)
49...Rh4 1.11 (49...f4 0.37)
50...Bd6 1.89 (50...f4 0.55)
52...Ne8 2.59 (52...Nb5 1.71)
53...Kg5 3.28 (53...Rh3 2.61)
58...Nf3 2.07 (58...f4 0.59)
59...Kg6 4.33 (59...f4 2.07)
61...e3 6.69 (61...Nd4 4.30)
65...Nxe2 10.51 (65...Kg7 6.92)
67...Re1+ 44.24 (67...Kf8 10.44)

Mar-19-08   addiction to chess: The Anderssen Opening characterized by 1. a3 is an overlooked opening since it is like you just switched the your colors and it becomes useful when playing a reversed Sicilian Defence since that move is part of the procedure already.
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