Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Paul Morphy vs. Adolf Anderssen (1858, Sicilian Defense)

Event "Paris m"]
[Site "Paris m"]
[Date "1858.??.??"]
[White "Paul Morphy"]
[Black "Adolf Anderssen"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 {In their first game, the "sicilian defense', was employed promising an exciting game. But, as if disappointing the spectators, this game ended only in just 17 moves!} 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Nxd4 e6 5. Nb5 d6 6. Bf4 {This type of continuation is rarely seen today in top tournaments. The threat on the d6 pawn compelled the e5 advance.} 6... e5 7. Be3 f5 {This move is "typically Anderssen"! Black transposes into a "King's Gambit" type of an
opening when the preview of the fight is the "Sicilian Defense".} 8. N1c3 f4
{An aggressive pawn advance on the part of black. But, the hole on d5 gives
white's an outpost for a more lethal attack on c7. Thus, this threat can be
Morphy vs. Anderssen (after 17. Ke2)
ignored.} 9. Nd5 fxe3 {Anderssen, as if saying that he is not afraid of Morphy took the bishop without hesitation. But, what else can he do to prevent the devastating check on the c7 square?} 10. Nbc7+ Kf7 11. Qf3+ {Now, white's attack has become indefensible.} 11... Nf6 12. Bc4 Nd4 13. Nxf6+ d5 14. Bxd5+ Kg6 15. Qh5+ Kxf6 16. fxe3 {To create the deadly f-file check with the rook ignoring the knight's check on c2.} 16... Nxc2+ 17. Ke2 {After black ran out of checks, he was constrained to resign the game.} 1-0 

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