This game was played as a friendly aside to the 1851 Great Exhibition tournament - the first ever international chess event - which Anderssen won. His opponent, Kieseritsky, was chess tutor at the Cafe de la Regence, in Paris, where he gave lessons at five francs an hour.
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 Qh4 4. Kf1 b5
A whim of Kieseritzky
5. Bxb5 Nf6 6. Nf3 Qh6 7. d3 Nh5 8. Nh4 Qg5 9. Nf5 c6 10.
Rg1 cxb5 11. g4 Nf6 12. h4 Qg6 13. h5 Qg5 14. Qf3 Ng8
Otherwise the queen would be lost
15. Bxf4 Qf6 16. Nc3 Bc5 17. Nd5 Qxb2 18. Bd6 Qxa1 19.
Ke2 Bxg1 20. e5
Blocks the diagonal
20... Na6 21. Nxg7 Kd8 22. Qf6 Nxf6 23. Be7++ 1-0
The vanquished Kieseritsky was so impressed by the brilliance of Anderssens play that he immediately telegraphed the moves to an awaiting audience in Paris, and the game ever since has been known by the unimproveable sobriquet, the Immortal Game.
Moves and a diagram from the game later appeared on German 75
pfennig currency coupons in the 1920s.