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Ode to the King's Gambit

User Rating: / 9
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 24 June 2013
by GM Kevin Spraggett
Warning: his
blog is great, but some of the content is parental advisory

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Johannes Hermann Zukertort
,7  September 1842 20 June 1888, was an extraordinary human being. He spoke 14 languages! He filled his relatively short life with a wide range of other achievements : as a soldier, musician, linguist, journalist and political activist.

He fought for Prussia against Austria, Denmark, and France; was once left for dead on the battlefield; and was decorated for gallantry 9 times; and he was noted as a swordsman and marksman. He was an accomplished pianist and, for a while, a music critic. He even found time for political activity, as editor of a political paper, a writer for Bismarcks newspaper, the Allgemeine Zeitung, and as a leading spokesman for prison reform.- Wikipedia

Zukertort died at age 46 of a cerebral hemorrhage, after just finishing a chess game. Undoubtedly one of the most brilliant players in the history of chess.

Zukertort, Johannes vs. Anderssen, Adolf

Breslau 1864 (!).  Position after  Whites 17th move (17.Qe2?). In those days they loved to play gambits (in our day we love to copy strong opening moves!) and Whites play has completely backfired.  Still, one must prove itare you up to it?



Zukertort, Johannes vs. Anderssen, Adolf

Breslau 1865. Position after 17 moves.  Gambit play once more, but this time the shoe is on the other foot!  Black is two pieces to the good but is about to get mated.


Anderssen, Adolf  vs. Zukertort, Johannes

Breslau 1866.  Position after Whites 16th move (16.Rf1)  Position arising from a topical line of the Kings Gambittopical in those days!  We recognize that Whites King is stuck in the centre


Zukertort, Johannes vs. Anderssen, Adolf

Breslau (where else?) 1865.  One more Kings Gambit!  Position after 18 moves.  White has sacrificed the customary two pieces and the Black King is stuck in the centre.  However, it is not easy to see the way to break in.  For that you need real talent:



Zukertort, Johannes Anderssen, Adolf:  17 Ng3! 0-1  Black will pick up the Rook with check

Zukertort, Johannes Anderssen, Adolf:   18.Rd4+!Nxd4 19.Ba5+! Qxa5 20.Qe7# 1-0

Anderssen, AdolfZukertort, Johannes :   16 Nxd4! 17.Rf2 Bb5 18.c4 Bxc4 0-1

Zukertort, JohannesAnderssen, Adolf:  19.Rxf6!! cxd5 20.Rxf8+ Kc7 21.Bg3+ d6 22.Bf2 Qc4 23.Rxc8+ Kxc8 24.Qe8+ Kc7 25.Re7+ 1-0

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