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Paul Morphy vs Samuel Standidge Boden
Casual Game (1858), London ENG, Jul-09
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation General (C30)  ·  1-0


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  dzechiel: Morphy makes it look easy.
Jun-10-07  frank124c: i was thinking 26.Nxh7. King cannot capture N because of mating threat. If black defends with Rg8 White could then play Rh4. What do u think?
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  beatgiant: <frank124c>
On 26. Nxh7, Black has 26...Qxf3+.
Mar-05-13  Poisonpawns: Can black defend? I was looking at 19..Bxg1 20.Rxg1 Ne6 21.f4!?Nf4 22.e6 Ng6 23.exf7+ Kh8(Rxf7maybe)24.Bxg7+ Kxg7 25.Qc3+ Kh6 26.Nf6! I did not use an engine, so forgive any blatant errors,as there are several ways to go. It seems that white gets a good attack, but I wonder if black can hold this.
Mar-05-13  thomastonk: <Poisonpawns: Can black defend?> Yes, even Morphy was not perfect. 19.. ♗xg1! 20.♖xg1 ♔h8 (already mentioned by Maroczy, but he believed in White's attacking chances, which do not impress Houdini at all) 21.e6 (again Maroczy) f6, and freely adapting from <dzechiel>: Houdini makes it look easy.

Your line with 20.. ♘e6 21.f4 ♘xf4 22. e6 runs also into 22.. f6. Much better is 22.♕f3! ♘g6 23.♕h5 ♕h4 24.♕xh4 ♘xh4 25.e6! ♘g6! 26.exf7+ ♔h8 and Houdini attests complete compensation for White, say 27.♘g3 ♘d3(yes - a knight for the pawn f7).

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  MissScarlett: The City of London Chess Magazine, vol.1, 1875, p.280:

<An unpublished game, played between Mr. Morphy and Mr. Boden on the 9th July 1858, in the presence of the Rev. S. W. Earnshaw, M.A., LL.M., who scored the moves upon the occasion, and to whose kindness we are indebted for the transcript.>

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