A Great Chess Miniature: Mayet – Anderssen

Finally I managed to get around to creating a chess video clip for Youtube which I intend to be the first of many. It’s a nice miniature won by the brilliant German player Adolf Anderssen who was known for his great combinative skill. Anderssen played several famous games including two which were dubbed The Evergreen and The Immortal Game. These days we seem somewhat less poetic on witnessing a spectacular chess game.

Playing through such games helps develop tactical ability but their greater value is in developing a sense of how to balance time and king vulnerability against material. I’m sure that many computers would also take the bishop on g4, and this is what gives us a chance to beat them. Their evaluation heuristic tends to get thrown out when they’re up on material and will often stay that way until they see a clear path to their own demise.