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Most chess players are familiar with the “Evergreen Game” by Adolf Anderssen and his brilliant win against Jean Dufresne. Lesser known is Dufresne knocking off Anderssen, so you get the whole game with notes!

Anderssen-Durfresne, Berlin, 1851: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. O-O Modern players would continue with 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O Nf6 8.e5 Ne4 9. Qb3 O-O 10. cxd4 and it's a dogfight. 6... Nf6! 7. d4! Nxe4 8.dxe5 O-O 9. Qc2? Better to get the diagonal pressure with 9.Ba3 9... d5! The "magic" counter move in all Open Games (1.e4 e5). 10. Ba3 Re8! Dufresne wants the attack rather than the technical edge of getting two bishops for a rook. 11. Rd1 Be6 12. Bxd5 Bxd5 13. c4 Ng5! 14. Ne1? I guess he didn't want to die a slow death with 14. Nxg5 Qxg5 15. cxd5 Qxe5 16. Nd2 Nd4 17. Qd3 Ne2+ 18. Kh1 Nf4 19. Qf1 Bxd2 20. Rxd2 Rad8 14... Nh3+! 15. gxh3 Declining the sac doesn't work either: 15. Kh1 Bxg2+ 16. Nxg2 Qxd1+ 17. Qxd1 Nxf2+ 18. Kg1 Nxd1 19. Nd2 Bxd2 20. Rxd1 Nxe5 15... Qg5+ 16. Kf1 Qxe5 Also working well is 16... Be6 17. cxd5 Qxh2 18. Nf3 Qxh3+ 19. Kg1 Qg4+ White Resigns. It will be mate no matter what: 20. Kh2 (20. Kf1 Qxf3) (20.Kh1 Qxf3+) 20... Qxf3 21. dxc6 Re6


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