Immortal Chess Games 1600 to 1999


When the horse run the chess boards have been loaded

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1619: Greco–NN, Rome 1619

In one of the earliest recorded chess games, Gioachino Greco mates on the eighth move with a queen sacrifice.


1788: Bowdler–Conway, London

Thomas Bowdler offers the first example of a famous double rook sacrifice.

1790: Smith–Philidor, London

François-André Danican Philidor, who was quoted as saying “Pawns are the soul of chess”, demonstrates the power of a superior pawn formation.


1834: La Bourdonnais–McDonnell, 50th Match Game, London

Reuben Fine in The World’s Great Chess Games describes it as the first great immortal game of chess. The victor trades his queen for two minor pieces.

1843: Staunton–St. Amant, Paris

Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant resigns in this unofficial world championship match game with Howard Staunton, in which Staunton remarked, “The latter portion of this game is conducted with remarkable skill by both parties.”

1844: Hoffmann–Petrov, Warsaw

Petrov wins with a queen sacrifice and a king hunt, in a game known as “Petrov’s Immortal”.

1851: Anderssen–Kieseritzky, London

“In The Immortal Game” Kieseritzky neglects his development and Anderssen sacrifices his queen and both rooks for a win.