Monday, 13 July 2009

Coffee Housing

Last Saturday I was playing some 'coffee house' chess while keeping an eye on Street Chess. Now while 'coffee house' normally means an attacking but probably unsound style of chess, to me it also indicates a certain degree of co-operation between the players. In the first game I played winning chances bounced back and forth between myself and my opponent, until I eventually 'arranged' a draw. I was less kind in the second and third games, although I did let my king get chased all around the board in game 2.
Now I don't have any of those games to show, but I do have an amazing game from 1844. Interestingly it involved Lionel Kieseritzky, who lost the 'Immortal Game' to Adolf Anderssen a few year later. He was also the loser in this game, but I suspect (without a shred of evidence!) that the result wasn't as important as the creation.

Michelet - Kieseritzky,L [C37]
Paris, 1844

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.Ne5 Qh4+ 6.Kf1 f3 7.d4 Nf6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.g3 Qh3+ 10.Kf2 d6 11.Nxf7 Rf8 12.Ng5 Qg2+ 13.Ke3 Bh6 14.Kd3 Nc6 15.a3 Bxg5 16.Bxg5 Nxe4 17.Qe1 Bf5 18.Nxe4 f2 19.Qe3 Kd7 20.Bd5 Rae8 21.Raf1 Bxe4+ 22.Bxe4 Rf3 23.Qxf3 gxf3 24.Bf5+ Re6 25.d5 Ne5+ 26.Ke4 h5 27.dxe6+ Ke8 28.Bf6 h4 29.Bxe5 dxe5 30.Kxe5 hxg3 31.h3 Qxh1 32.Kf6 Qxf1 33.Bg6+ Kd8 34.e7+ Kd7 35.e8Q+ Kd6 36.Qe6+ 1-0

(NB I am including less diagrams in my blog posts at the moment because the transfer to a new computer has destroyed the menus under my copy of chessbase. Removing the program and reinstalling it hasn't helped. Any clues?)

1 comment:

paul said...

For your menu problem ChessBase gives, press "Alt + letter" to access the MenuBar, Paul Summers