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Paul Morphy vs Eugene Rousseau
"Reap What You Rousseau" (game of the day Dec-26-2015)
New Orleans (1849), New Orleans, LA USA
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Cotter Gambit (C39)  ·  1-0


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Dec-06-17  schnarre: ...A classic game by a Master of the Game!
Jan-03-18  ncplumber47: Yes, perhaps it is just playing the person and not the game. But again I thought that was the purpose of the game, to test your mind against your opponent. Just playing the correct line that you learned from a book or computer,how unimaginative. Sure you may win but where is the art and beauty of the play? Instead of being so smug in your declaration of morphy's lack of worthiness to win why not celebrate the art of a thirteen years old child?
Jan-03-18  sudoplatov: Edo estimates Morphy's rating at 2690 for 1849; world's #1. Rousseau comes out at 2295 as #54.
Jan-03-18  ncplumber47: Wow I just noticed how old the comments I was responding to were. I guess that makes my response kind of pointless. But I do ask for anyone who might read this. I come to the game late in life after a lifetime of admiring the game and all those who play it. If you play the game with all it's right lines without deviating, the alpha zero program just did that as I hear. Is the object to now learn and play that perfect game? Yet Kasparov was playing some simultaneous games and was upset that the young player had copied some book moves to earn a draw, instead of playing a world champion for a win.
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  offramp: <ncplumber47>, welcome to This is a brilliant site and I am sure that you'll enjoy it.

I wouldn't worry about the age of the comments you are replying to. No one else does. Isn't that what happens with analysis in chess books? A book comes out in 1969 giving analysis to a game, then someone else brings out a book in 1978 refuting that analysis...

I don't think computers have changed chess as much as people think. I play blitz and rapid games online and, especially in my moves, the human element is always on show. It is still a game with heart and humour and guts, with players consisting of skin, hair, fat, flesh, veins, arteries, ligaments, nerves, cartilages, bones, marrow, brains, glands, genitals, humours, and articulations.

Jan-03-18  ncplumber47: I am not in disagreement with you. I was just little put off by the comments of a member who seemed a little smug in his declaration of morphy's achievement being less than the appropriate way to handle the game and as such he didn't really deserve to win. I am a plumber by trade and you see such prima donnas amongst our ranks. Mr morphy was not a professional chess player,but a lawyer by trade just marking his time until he reached the legal age to practice law. He took the world by storm. Quite the achievement I would say. And here we are speaking of his achievements long after his death. Yet the gentleman in question feels he knows better, and perhaps he does. I hope to be speaking of his achievements soon.
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  FSR: Wow, I can't believe that Morphy didn't play the move the engines consider best. I wonder what engine he used for opening preparation?
Jan-04-18  WorstPlayerEver: Who is Morphy???
Jan-04-18  ncplumber47: Don't know what was poplar in 1849? And as to who he was you know that Rich kid from new Orleans who was a big show off
Jan-05-18  WorstPlayerEver: He doesn't play bad for a 1849 player. Although 7. Qxg4 is a pretty daft move.
Jan-05-18  ncplumber47: For all his supposed mistakes I wish I could play that well.
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  perfidious: <ncplumber47: For all (Morphy's) supposed mistakes I wish I could play that well.>

We should all be so lucky.

Jan-05-18  WorstPlayerEver: The trouble with chess is that one has to consume it in great proportions to get real good.

After three days I see pieces everywhere ;)

Jan-05-18  Howard: In the latest issue of NIC (#8), Dlugy states that his favorite player of all time was Morphy, adding that he was really "ahead of his time".

Finegold made the same statement several years back in NIC! Was Morphy really that far ahead of everyone else, though? In what area? Openings? Endings ?

Jan-05-18  john barleycorn: I followed Korchnoi's advice to memorize 30 games of Morphy as it would improve one's play. Just not sure I picked the right games.
Jan-12-18  ncplumber47: But where does one find such time? I am exhausted at the end of the work day and I do not always even look at the correspondence game I am playing on icc, it probably doesn't hurt that as we approach the endgame, I feel my demise approaching. I am rated at 1624 and he at 2031. And with literally thousands of games listed on his history. But I did manage to get to my 33rd move so far. But I could sure use some of that morphy magic right now. But I am working on this morphy game looking for some inspiration, and because it is the first game in a book I got for Christmas.
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  Dionysius1: Welcome! I hope you continue to find chess relaxing and beautiful. There's not enough beauty around in this 21st Century world. Some fans like to analyse a lot and can seem a bit snooty about top players before computers were around. But for them I think the beauty is more a mathematical one, and boy do mathematicians hate false proofs. I love that chess appreciation is a broad church - room for everybody.
Jan-14-18  ncplumber47: Dionysius1, please forgive the fact that I have yet to fully mastered this sight. Therefore I am unable to properly quote your response. Thank you so very much for your response and welcome. Relaxing, sometimes. Beautiful,always. A work of art,every move. Other adjectives would include mysterious, exciting and wonderful. I am in awe of those who play well. Perhaps a little jealous of those who can quote a line of play like they would there own ssn. I by no means worship Mr morphy. And there are some moves even earlier than #10 that I question. Because I have tried similar moves with bad results. But Mr morphy made it happen. So perhaps playing the man/woman, with all their humanity, is really what he can teach us. And not just the right line. But what do I know? My record to date does really make me qualified to analyze anyone else or their decision or skill. But I am putting all on notice keep an eye in your rearview mirrors. I may be approaching before they plant me. Thank you to all who humor me and actually read my words,much less answer me. I am enjoying being a part of this broad church.
Jan-30-18  The Kings Domain: Highly impressive game by a 12 year old.
May-01-18  RKnight: Perhaps a better version of the pun would be "Reap what Rou seeau".
May-01-18  zanzibar: "Weap Rousseau"
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  MSteen: No other player leaves me breathless the way Morphy does. Even at this young age, his ability to calculate verges on the miraculous. I see that this is a "Guess the Move" game. Anyone who guesses all these moves is a flippin' genius!
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  MissScarlett: First, you were speechless; now, you're breathless. The games of Paul Morphy ought to carry a health warning.
Apr-18-19  talhal20: FSR-What chess engine did Morphy use for his opening preparations? His brain has been the greatest ever chess engine!!
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  dernier loup de T: As he told it much later about Barnes who fought well against him at the beginning of their match in England (1858) to spectators who watched and saw the score remaining equal for a while, and asked him a little ironically: "what do you expect exactly from this match, Mister Morphy?": "I know my man and I will beat him: the same already in this game; even still very young, Morphy guessed that Rousseau would crack soon or late under the pressure; 12...Qc5 was a first serious inaccuracy; but even still at move 13, Rousseau could go on fighting hard; ...if he would just have pushed his "d" pawn only to d6 instead of d5; because then, the final blow of Morphy: 16. Nxd5+!! would not have been possible...
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