Adolf Anderssen

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Anderssen, Adolf


Born July 6, 1818; died Mar. 13, 1879. German chess player; greatest chess player of the early part of the second half of the 19th century.

Anderssen was one of the creators of modern chess principles. In 1851 he won first prize in an international tournament in London. He was known as a distinguished master of combinations and composed chess problems.

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In one of the most famous games of the era, the so-called Immortal Game played between Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky in 1851, Anderssen voluntarily gave away both his rooks, a bishop and then - most spectacularly of all - his queen, the most powerful of all chess pieces.
Yet in these deft moves, chess initiates will no doubt recognize a narrative after all, since Thater, in the jejune spirit of battle reenactment, has staged--with the help of various members and the owner of the Los Angeles Chess Club--the so-called Immortal Game of 1851 between Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky (which also appeared in a somewhat altered form in Blade Runner) and Garry Kasparov's 2003 melee with his computer opponent, Deep Junior, as well as the fictitious game between Alice and the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass (which Thater decided to play herself).
6c3 This was a favourite of Paul Morphy who gave it an airing in his game against Adolf Anderssen in 1858.