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Paul Morphy vs Arthur Hay
Blindfold simul, 8b (1859), London ENG, Apr-20
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Staunton Line (C31)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  InspiredByMorphy: 13.Ba2 and 14.Nd1 seem strangely
defensive. 13.a4 looks better.
May-06-05  soberknight: A Hay felt baleful after the draw.
Jun-07-05  prinsallan: Anyone knows why this is drawn?
Surely Morphy could win this.
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  me to play: Well, Morphy has a small material plus, but black has the two passers so I don't think it's easy for white.

One possible continuation is 32...a4 33.Nd4 Kg7 34.Kf2 Rc3 35.Rb8 e3+ 36.Kf3 Ba6 and it's still not clear,to me at least, where white's win is.

On the other hand this is Morphy, so if he really had to push to win this game you would have to like his chances.

Jun-07-05  sneaky pete: The invaluable Sergeant:
Game from an eight board blind simul at the St.George's Club, April 20, 1959. Black is Colonel Arthur Hay (1824-1878), who went on to become Lord Arthur Hay, "president of the Royal Zoological Society and a well-known ornithologist."

"The performance lasted from 2 P.M. to 6.30, when it was necessarily ended to allow time for a banquet given in Morphy's honour by the members of the St.George's."

Morphy was always a gentleman, so he accepted the offered draw when the time was up.

Jun-08-05  prinsallan: Thanks Sneaky Pete, that explians a lot, since I won this position as White vs Chessmaster 10, and I stink at end games.
Oct-06-05  ConfusedPatzer: I don't know how Morphy could've had grown such a distaste for chess when he was so worshiped because of it.
May-09-07  wolfmaster: "Nah, Nah, Hay, Hay"
Mar-07-09  WhiteRook48: Hay, where are you going?
Oct-11-09  FinnPatzer: It's hard to believe this game was played in 1859 with all that manoeuvering on both sides to create and blockade passed pawns. 14. Nd1 is particularly Nimzoesque.
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