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Paul Morphy vs Alfred Jones
Blindfold simul, 8b (1859), London ENG, Apr-13
King's Gambit: Accepted. King's Knight Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0


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Dec-01-05  Chopin: Another fine display of attacking chess by Morphy.
Feb-18-07  ughaibu: After 22....Rd8 23.Rf8 Rf8 24.Qe6 white gets a Phillidors epaulette mate.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 16.Qh5+,Qf7; 17.Qxf7+,Kxf7; 18.Bxh6+,Kg6, White doesn't have to play 19.Rf8!?,Kxh6; 20.Ref1 with total paralysis of Black's position, but he could.
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  heuristic: i like Morphy's blind simul games. the manner in which he attacks (while not the best vis-a-vis a computer); is instructive for me.

11.Bd6 looks crushing.
11...Qxd6 12.Qxf7+ Kd8 13.Qxg7
11...Qf6 12.Bxf7+ Kd8 13.Qd3

<After 16.Qh5+ Qf7 17.Qxf7+> also attractive is 17.d7+ followed by the 18.Nd6+ fork.

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  FSR: Chastened by this experience, J tried 2...f6 in Fischer vs J Jones, 1964, but he fared even worse in that game.
Mar-11-12  Kartagener: 7... fxg2 is a bad move ?
Mar-11-12  King Death: < FSR: Chastened by this experience, J tried 2...f6 in Fischer vs J Jones, 1964, but he fared even worse in that game.>

Come on, Black was 105 years older by then, he was lucky to even see the board!

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  Penguincw: Nice final move. I assume white is getting ready to push with check.
Nov-16-14  Ke2: <To accept the Muzio Gambit was a piece of chivalry all uncalled for from Mr Jones in these unromantic times.>
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  Chessical: "MR. MORPHY, THE CHESSPLAYER. This gentleman arrived in London few days ago from route for his native city. New Orleans, via Liverpool. On Tuesday week played at the London Club, Cornhill, and in the evening at Herr Lowenthal's new chess club, St. James's Hall. A match was hastily made up for Wednesday, and came off at the London Club, Morphy contending blindfold, against eight members of the club, eight games simultaneously. This remarkable feat of genius he had before accomplished twice in Europe, but the two eights of Birmingham and Paris were both very inferior to the eight of the Loudon Club who played against Morphy on the present occasion, and his task was proportionately increased in difficulty.

At 5 p.m. on Wednesday the following eight players were at their post, as champions for the club: The president, Mr. Mongredien; Mr. Medley, honorary secretary; Messrs. Slous, George Walker, Jansen, Maude, Alfred Jones, and Greenaway: and Morphy in a separate room, began his solitary task by proclaiming, through Herr Lowenthal, that he opened with King’s Pawn two in each game. A crowd of anxious spectators and chess celebrities were present. Lowenthal proclaimed the players’ moves aloud, made, and Morphy instantly called out his reply. To every two boards was appointed secretary, to take down the moves. After six hours’ play Mr. Alfred Jones and Mr. Maude were defeated; while of the remaining six, two, at least, had forced drawn games. At past midnight the play was still proceeding three or four boards, and then, by consent, these last games were dismissed as drawn, the contest having lasted over seven hours. Of the three undecided games at the close Mr. Morphy considered he had the advantage of Mr. Mongredien, but Messrs. Slous and Greenaway had the best of the play.

The match concluded Morphy being declared to have won two games and drawn six. Mr. Morphy considers this the toughest match he ever played of this description. Throughout this long sitting he never made one mistake, never proclaimed impossible move, and never forgot the situation of the humblest pawn. It may be safely pronounced that no greater mental feat was ever accomplished by man. It is probable that Mr. Morphy will leave this country for America early next week."

<Source:> "Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser", Saturday 30th April 1859, p.4.

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