04 March 2014

The Evergreen Game

Lesson of the Week

This week, young students are asked to think their way through one of the most famous chess combinations of all time. Some may know it, of course. Four years ago, when I last put this position in front of young students, two brothers recognized it immediately. They had been poring through the famous games lessons in the Chessmaster software and had learned it there.

This game acquired the name "Evergreen Game" after Wilhelm Steinitz described it as "the evergreen in Anderssen's laurel wreath."

Anderssen,Adolf -- Dufresne,Jean [C52]
Berlin, 1852

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0–0 d3 8.Qb3 Qf6 9.e5 Qg6 10.Re1 Nge7 11.Ba3 b5 12.Qxb5 Rb8 13.Qa4 Bb6 14.Nbd2 Bb7 15.Ne4 Qf5 16.Bxd3 Qh5 17.Nf6+ gxf6 18.exf6 Rg8 19.Rad1 Qxf3

White to move

20.Rxe7+ Nxe7 21.Qxd7+ Kxd7 22.Bf5+ Ke8 23.Bd7+ Kf8 24.Bxe7# 1–0

No comments:

Post a Comment