The Immortal Game
June 06, 2013
In the summer of 1851 in London, in the midst of the first international chess tournament, a chess game was played at a tavern not far from the tournament itself. This would eventually become one of the most famous chess games ever played. The two players were Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky, both taking a break from the tournament. Anderssen made bold, sacrificial moves, including sacrificing his bishop, two rooks, and his queen to secure a victory in 26 moves. The details of the game are available because Kieseritzky sent a telegraph after the game was completed to his Paris chess club, Cafe de la Regence. It was soon nicknamed "The Immortal Game."
Chess has a history spanning more than 1,500 years. Considering that the game of baseball is 150 years old, Monopoly is 80 years old, and the PlayStation is 20 years old, that's a pretty impressive record for longevity. Its beginnings are believed to be in India, and then spread west across southern Asia and into Europe. Several play styles emerged along the way, including the quick, aggressive Romantic style that Anderssen and Kieseritzky were playing.
While our library system has quite a lot in our holdings regarding the history of chess, our own South Independence and Blue Ridge branches are hosting upcoming programs to teach chess basics. It is designed for youth from age five to age eighteen. Registration is required and dates and locations follow:
Tuesday, June 11th
13700 E. 35th St.
Thursday, July 11th
9253 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Both courses run four weeks and meet once per week. The program, offered through the Local Investment Commission's Chess Initiative, is a great way to not only learn to play, but to teach critical thinking skills and build self-confidence. If you're interested or have a child who would be interested, sign up today and be part of the immortal game of chess.
South Independence Branch