Relive the Romantic Era of Chess
Anderssen, Zukertort and Morphy were major players in the Romantic Era
Following on from the chess pieces
, let's talk about some of the men who moved them. The Romantic Era defined chess in the 19th Century. The successors of Philidor, Stamma, Legall and La Bourdonnais had arrived. With them came a fierce desire to play chess in an all out attacking fashion using brilliant combinations to win.
Anderssen followed by Morphy followed by Zukertort were some of the leading players in the Romantic Generation. They played the one step ahead
approach. In many of their games they would finish by mating with a breath taking five or six move combo. Their opponent would often be just one agonizing move from victory, yet denied the possibility to ever play it.
There were structural weaknesses to their approaches that were there to be capitalized on but this would not happen until much later when the Modern Era of positional chess was ushered in. Whatever about the foundations they were built on, the innovation and invention of these combinations at least have stood the test of time. They are as inspiring today as they were in the days that they were played. Add your own annotated Romantic Era game
What's Your Favorite Game From the Romantic Era?
The Romantic Era was the Golden Age for artistic combinations in chess. The popular style of play in those days was all out attack with stylish interplay between the pieces. It left behind it a legacy of beautiful games and we all have our favorites. What chess game from this era most captured your imagination? Enter it here with your annotations explaining the moves. Talk us through the sheer genius behind the combinations. What's your favorite game from the Romantic Era?
Romantic Era Games Left by other Lapocites
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Rosanes - Anderssen 1862 Not rated yet
The 19th Century was a time of open attacking chess. The following game demonstrates the dominating mood in the chess world in the pre-Steinitz era.
Duels Between Masters Not rated yet
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These guys played some of the most famous chess games ever
Chess is just like anything else. It continues to evolve through a kind of arms race. Many a conventional main line of the past has been refuted and tossed aside. With every problem that is solved, a new question is posed. How to rebutt the rebuttal?
We like to think that the Romantic Era never completely died. We appreciate those fantastic tactical combos when they still pop up amid all of the sensible positional science.
Now that you've experienced some of the finest games from the Romantic Era and your appetite for masterful chess has been whipped up, I want to share with you some of the most famous chess games
of all times.