Sacrifices in chess can be quite deceiving and are only made for positional gain. And it takes a lot of foresight and good acting to weave the ruse in an intentional blunder to make it more believable and appealing. So far, the slap on the forehead and a devastated look antic still works for me. One of my favorites, the Immortal Game showcases brilliancy at its best. Played by Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky in 1851, it has been called an achievement "perhaps unparalleled in chess literature." The very bold sacrifices made by Anderssen - giving up both rooks and a bishop, then his queen, checkmating his opponent with his three remaining minor pieces, made it the second most brilliant game in chess history In case you're wondering, the best game was played in 1992 by yours truly and my father. I successfully abducted his queen and 2 pawns when he left our table to answer a phonecall. In spite of the blatant cheating and handicap, my father still managed to beat me in 4 moves!
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