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Anderssen, Karl Ernst Adolf

Born: 1818 AD
Died: 1878 AD, at 59 years of age.

Nationality: Polish
Categories: Chess Player


1818 - Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen was born in Breslau on July 6th. Polish chess master considered the world's strongest player from his victory in the first modern international tournament.

         - He is regarded as the quintessential Romantic, and his sacrificial brilliancies such as The Immortal Game and The Evergreen Game have stood the test of time.

1851 - He was one of the strongest players of his day and was even crowned unofficial World Champion after his victory in the London Tournament.

1858 - He lost this honor in a match with Paul Morphy.

1859 - Morphy was to retire from international chess, and Anderssen was able to regain his reputation as the world's leading player.

1866 - He narrowly lost a match with Wilhelm Steinitz (scoring six wins to his rival's eight, with no draws).

1870 - He scored his final great success by winning the Baden-Baden Tournament ahead of Steinitz and Joseph Henry Blackburne.

1879 - Died on March 13th in Breslau.


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