Adolf Anderssen, winner of first International Chess Tournament in London, 1851, was the world’s best chess player in the mid-1800s. He also played two of the most famous games in the history of chess.
Free Evergreen Lesson
If you have yet to obtain Winning Chess Tactics: Free Lesson by Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan then that should be your first task of the day.
Yasser presents two sparkling attacking games in his inimitable style. One of the games is The Evergreen Game, in which Adolf Anderssen unleashes a memorable attack against Jean Dufresne. It is all well and good to play a game which is so impressive it receives a special name – and Adolf Anderssen did it twice. The Immortal Game was his other very famous win, this time against Lionel Kieseritzky.
Test Your Checkmating Skills
However, it would be a mistake to think Anderssen played only two memorable games. Today we offer five positions from Anderssen’s games and invite you to find the forced checkmates.
Can you play as well as the old master?
20 …Rxd1+ 21 Rf1 Qxg2+ 22 Qxg2 Rxf1 checkmate.
Check your answers by highlighting the space beneath each position.
There are many more beautiful checkmate patterns in our course, The Checkmate Patterns Manual, by International Master John Bartholomew and CraftyRaf.
There is a shortened, free version of the course here.
Here is a handy guide to the episodes in our series of blog posts on Checkmate Patterns.