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Paul Morphy vs Adolf Anderssen
"Morphology" (game of the day Aug-25-2009)
Anderssen - Morphy (1858), Paris FRA, rd 9, Dec-27
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Szen Variation (B44)  ·  1-0
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Given 164 times; par: 17 [what's this?]

Annotations by Johann Jacob Loewenthal.      [28 more games annotated by Loewenthal]

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Feb-24-11  Llawdogg: Game Nine of the Match to Mr. Morphy. He has won six of the last seven games and the match is almost over. (6 wins, 1 loss, 2 draws). Two games left.
Jun-22-11  DrMAL: Morphy plays unofficial world champion Anderssen and blows him off the board. 6.Bf4 is not "correctly played" as the annotation states (6.c4 or 6.Be2 are probably better) but it is a viable option to provoke 6...e5 with an equal game from here.

7...f5 was inaccurate as annotated, where black normally plays 7...Nf6 or 7...Be6 or 7...a6 and white goes on correctly with 8.N1c3 to gain solid advantage.

9.Nd5 is part of a best continuation that Morphy brilliantly plays. In fact, both play best moves until 11.Qf3+ where Morphy risks his advantage by avoiding the best move 11.Nxa8 for potentially greater gain. Such a decision is egotistical but with good reason, Morphy was simply much better than anyone else in the world.

The decision quickly pays off. Both players make their best moves until black blunders with 14...Kg6 (14...Ke7 was necessary) and Morphy annihilates him. It must have been a huge humiliation!

Jan-27-12  TVCHESS3JAQUES: 14...Ke7!? 15.Qh5! gxh6 16.Qf7+ Kd6 17.Nxa8
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Feb-24-12  dionysisgalanis: The mistake was ...14.Kg6. The correct move is ...14.Qxd5!
Jul-30-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF MORPHY.
Your score: 19 (par = 18)

LTJ

Aug-15-12  drpavno1: Nothing would have been ground breakinh even if black had played 14.....Ke7 as white would have moved Qh5 with an attack on f7 and e5 both resulting in check and ultimately mate.
Apr-14-13  TheTamale: I have NEVER UNDERSTOOD this game. The assumption is the finish is a slam-dunk for White. Why can't Black just take the rook, weather a barrage of checks, and emerge way ahead in material? Does White have some decisive way of preventing that? (Or am I just that much better than Anderssen, Morphy, and every commentator who's ever lived? Hmm...)
Apr-14-13  disasterion: <TheTamale> After 17 ... Nxa1, white has 18.Rf1+ Ke7 19.Qxe5+

Then either 19 ... Be6 20.Qxe6#
or 19 ... Kd7 20.Be6+ Kc6 21.Rc1+ Kb6 (21 ... Bc5 22.Qxc5#) 22.Qb5#

Apr-14-13  TheTamale: <disasterion>: Thanks so much; you are my new hero.
Apr-15-13  disasterion: <TheTamale> Why thank you.

Now you've said that I can confess that it took me longer to find than I'd expected, and it's not such an obvious resignation as it first appears.

Mar-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: This game looks like a Tal effort from white.
Jul-26-14  Xeroxx: Impressive.
Sep-23-14  vincepawn: nimh Nov 14.07 / identifies 2 mistakes by Anderssen using Rybka analysis. But the moves Anderssen plays (move ...14 and move ...16) have higher Rybka ratings than the moves recommended.

Typos? What's going on?

Sep-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  nimh: Scores are given from white's perspective.
Oct-11-15  The Kings Domain: Boy, Anderssen looked like a patzer there. It's no surprise his tournament record improved after this match; he certainly learned a lot from games like this!
May-16-17  Mr. Blonde: I just put Morphy and Anderssen personalities to play against each other in the Chessmaster GM Edition and they recreated exactly this game... Weird.
Jun-05-17  User not found: I can't quite believe black, one of the greatest players of his era took the Bishop on move 9!? My inner monologue went full Admiral Ackbar screaming "It's a trap, it's a Trap!", lol.
Jun-05-17
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  moronovich: <User not found: I can't quite believe black, one of the greatest players of his era took the Bishop on move 9!? My inner monologue went full Admiral Ackbar screaming "It's a trap, it's a Trap!", lol.>

Back in these days they often ate everything you throw in their mouth.It was a question of honour and principles.

Jun-05-17  User not found: <moronovich: <User not found: I can't quite believe black, one of the greatest players of his era took the Bishop on move 9!? My inner monologue went full Admiral Ackbar screaming "It's a trap, it's a Trap!", lol.> Back in these days they often ate everything you throw in their mouth.It was a question of <honour and principles.>>

Honor and principles!? For what? The lack of intelligence, foresight and chess understanding to see you'll be chopped liver in under 7 moves, straight out of the opening! I guess after playing the head scratching f5? in the first place <against a well known tactical genius renowned for those king side attacks,!!> then f4 he may as well but he threw this game away quicker than I would lose. Real talk!

Jun-05-17
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  moronovich: <Unf>

Back in these day you were sometimes seen as a pussy if you didn“t accept the sacrifice.

Jun-05-17
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  keypusher: < moronovich: <User not found: I can't quite believe black, one of the greatest players of his era took the Bishop on move 9!? My inner monologue went full Admiral Ackbar screaming "It's a trap, it's a Trap!", lol.> Back in these days they often ate everything you throw in their mouth.It was a question of honour and principles.>

I don't think that's true, at least not in serious match games. Loewenthal regularly declined Morphy's King's Gambit in their match, for example. Anderssen didn't try to hang on to the d-pawn here.

Jun-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <I don't think that's true, at least not in serious match games.>

I was talking in general.
Fortunately chess has moved on since then.But it takes time and effort.

Jul-20-17  talhal20: My guess is that Morphy himself framed at least 20,000 chess games with all the then known openings with variety of variations and with his extra ordinary memory could recall any move appropriate to the occasion and play in actual game. And if any player plays unknown move he has the answer for that too. It is nothing less than chess engines of today.Perhaps that explains his upper hand against any player played against him. Remember Adolf Anderssen was not an ordinary player.
Jul-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <talhal20> Where would he have found 20,000 games in the 1850's?

There were not that many books or magazines then.

I doubt he had access to even a 1,000 games.

Just look at ChessBase and see how many games they have in it dated before 1850.

A lot of wishful thinking on your part.

Imagine trying to play through that many games.

Jul-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <talhal20...My guess is that Morphy himself framed at least 20,000 chess games with all the then known openings>

I agree. I think he would have sorted out 20,000 of the best chess games ever played and written out the game scores in neat handwriting on very small and thin pieces of paper, a bit like cigarette paper. These he would have memorized. Then he would have rolled up the bits of paper into tiny balls and poked them into his body-holes. I mean his nostrils, earholes, belly-button and (mainly) his arsehole. Then, while playing, if he could not remember the game, he would have pulled the game out of his body-hole and examined it. It is cheating, in a way.

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