The Most Beautiful Chess Game Ever: The Evergreen Game

The Evergreen Game
The Evergreen Game is a famous chess game, won by Adolf Anderssen against Jean Dufresne in 1852. It is usually assumed that the game was played in Berlin, where Dufresne was resident and Anderssen was a frequent visitor, but no details of the circumstances of the game were provided in the original publication in the September and October 1852 issues of Deutsche Schachzeitung. The game starts with a sharp Evans Gambit – one of the most popular openings of the day. Dufresne chooses a somewhat offbeat sideline, losing a little time while Anderssen achieves a powerfully centralized position, and while Black tries to generate play on the flanks, White wrenches attention back to Black’s king. In the end Anderssen pulls out a brilliant combination and a checkmate “appears” on the board after a spectacular queen sacrifice!
Adolf Anderssen vs Jean Dufresne
Berlin (1852), Berlin GER
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense (C52)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O 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 20. Rxe7+ Nxe7 21. Qxd7+ Kxd7 22. Bf5+ Ke8 23. Bd7+ Kf8 24. Bxe7#
Video Thumbnail Credits: See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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