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The Immortal Game - The Movie

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The Immortal Game presents the dramatic development from attack to defense, from loss to profit, from triumph to agony. We experience chess from an unique, an unusual visual angle in the midst of the event. Director Michael Mertineit used an exquisite set of military pieces from the 19th century to animate the game, which ends in the figure of Napoleon experiencing his Waterloo. The chess sequence is an animation without words. It depicts the course of the game.The Immortal Game was an informal match played between Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Adalbert Bagration Felix Kieseritzky at the Simpson's-in-the-Strand Divan in London. Despite losing, it was in fact Kieseritzky who recorded and published the game during his period as editor of La Regence. It takes us back to the times when wild, romantic inspirations dominated the boards. The game is an excellent demonstration of the earlier style, when rapid development and attack seemed to be the most successful way to win, when gambits and counter-gambits were offered and not accepting them was considered ungentlemanly-like. The Immortal Game depicts this famous game from the annals of chess. It presents the dramatic development from attack to defense, from loss to profit, from triumph to agony. We experience chess from an unique, an unusual visual angle in the midst of the event. Trailer 1:24Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen (1818 - 1879) was a famous classical chess master from Germany and is world famous for his brilliant play even today. In 1851 he received an invitation to be the standard-bearer for German chess at the world's first international chess tournament in London. At that tournament, Anderssen defeated Jzsef Szn , Staunton, Marmaduke Wyvill and Lionel Kieseritzky, winning the tournament to everyone's surprise. Anderssen is celebrated particularly for two of his casual chess games in which he was victorious through combinations involving heavy sacrifice of the pieces.Lionel Adalbert Bagration Felix Kieseritzky (1806 - 1853) was a mathematics teacher like Anderssen. Kieseritzky lived in Paris as a chess professional, giving lessons or playing games for five francs an hour, and editing a chess magazine. In 1851 he surpassed Phillidor's record by playing and winning four blindfold games simultaneously. Kieseritzky's combinations were outstanding, and a variant of King's gambit was given his name. He was one of the finest players of the so-called romantic epoch in chess.

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    The Immortal Game - The Movie 1 Stars

    Posted by Kelly from Magna on 27th Apr 2013

    Not for chess players, but an artist may like it. There is nothing about Lionel Kieseritzky or Adolf Anderssen who played this game on 21 June 1851 and nothing about the King's Gambit or why this game was so grand as to earn the name "Immortal" It uses stop & go photography with Napoleon themed chess pieces and "cool" background music to replay the game. It last about 10 minutes in whatever viewing mode you select.

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    The Immortal Game - The Movie 1 Stars

    Posted by Jay from Valencia, CA on 27th Apr 2013

    Not for chess players - for those who enjoy stop-feature animation. The "movie" consists of the moves of the game with random soft music playing in the background (with no connection to the moves - no crescendo with the climatic moves). There is nothing else. No words, just stop-action animation and quiet music. The entire video is only a few (10) minutes long. I kept watching because I assumed there would be more.