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Paul Morphy vs Eugene Rousseau
New Orleans (1849)  ·  King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Cotter Gambit (C39)  ·  1-0
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Dec-30-05  DeepBlade: Till move 7, everything is opening theory. 7. ...Qf7 is not such an good move, Fritz prefers 7. ...Bd6 but after long analysis it prefers 7. ...Nf6. Fritz says OK to Morphy's 8.Bc4+, but prefers 8. ...Ke8 instead of Eugene's 8. ...Ke7.

After 12. ...Qc5 Fritz gives an positive evaluation score to Morphy, and thinks the same move as Morphy's reply, 13.Bxg8. After 13. ...d5, Fritz gives an winning score to Morphy Just an winning line:
13. Bxg8 d5 14. Re8+ Kxe8 15. Qxc8+ Ke7 16. Nxd5+ Qxd5 17. Bxd5 Nd7 18. Qxa8 cxd5 19. Qxb7
The move 16. ...Kd6 allowed an mate in one.

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  BishopofBlunder: <siu02jm: Lord have mercy!!!!>

Morphy certainly did not!

Jan-13-06  Pawn Ambush: This looks like a modern day speed game and that 16.Nd5+ is the devils work!!
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  chancho: Once Morphy had the initiative in this game, Rousseau had no chance.
Feb-18-06  Boomie: Rousseau, an experienced master, must have viewed the 11 or 12 (born 6/1837) year old Morphy as Haydn viewed Mozart. As a coworker once described Alan Turing, "He was a wonderful thing."
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  Calli: <Boomie> I don't know that there are any quotes by Rousseau on Morphy who reportedly played 50 games against him and won 90% of the time. You would think there would be a comment recorded somewhere. Rousseau seems to have retired from Chess after being drubbed by Morphy, but he returned to play Paris 1867 (last place with From).
Feb-19-06  Boomie: Here is a very amusing story I found at SBC's wonderful Morphyana site:

In 1846, before the age of nine... The Evening Post relates this story:

Gen.Winfield Scott (famous hero of the Mexican War and first Commander-in-chief of the Union forces during the American Civil War) had many acquaintances there (at a chess club on Royal St.), some of them quite intimate, and knowing the habits of the members he repaired to their very comfortable rooms within a few hours after reaching the city. It may be said to have been one of his vanities as well. He was in the front rank of amateurs in his day....he turned to Chief Justice Eustis and asked whether he could play a game of chess in the evening...."I want to be put to my mettle!" "Very well," said Justice Eustis, "We'll arrange it. At eight o'clock tonight, if that will suit you."

At eight o'clock, dinner having been disposed of, the room was full. Gen. Scott, a towering giant, was asked to meet his competitor, a small boy of about 10 (actually, he was eight and a half) and not by any means a prepossessing boy, dressed in velvet knickerbockers, with a lace shirt and a big spreading collar of the same material.

At first Gen. Scott imagined it was a sorry jest, and his tremendous dignity arose in protest. It seemed to him that his friends had committed an incredible and unpardonable impertinence. Then Justice Eustis assured him that his wish had been scrupulously consulted; that this boy was....quite worthy of his notice. So the game began with Gen. Scott still angry and by no means satisfied. Paul won the move and advanced his Queen's rook's pawn. In response to the General's play he advanced other pawns. Next he had two knights on the field; then another pawn opened the line for the Queen, and at the tenth move he had the General checkmated before he had even begun to develop his defense. There was only one more game. Paul Morphy, after the sixth move, marked the spot and announced the movement for the debacle - which occurred according to schedule - and the General arose trembling with amazement and indignation. Paul was taken home, silent as usual, and the incident reached the end.

The few survivors of that era still talk of Paul Morphy's first appearance in public, but only by hearsay. Gen. Scott lived to wonder that should have ever played with the first chess genius of the century, or for that matter, of any other century.

May-02-07  siu02jm:

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i think after 12...Qg7. white is hopeless. and crafty agrees.

depth=8 -1.79 Qxf4 d5 Be2
Nodes: 8353308 NPS: 48849
Time: 00:02:51.00

May-02-07  Starf1re: i just played this exact game against someone, except at move 11 he played ...f6 crafty evaluates it as -3.something wonder what morphy would have replied with
Aug-18-07  Whitehat1963: If your king is in the slightest bit of trouble, Morphy will find a way to destroy him! This game is all the proof you need. Who else has ever played like this? And he was only 13!! Words cannot describe ....
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Whitehat1963: If your king is in the slightest bit of trouble, Morphy will find a way to destroy him! This game is all the proof you need. Who else has ever played like this? And he was only 13!! Words cannot describe ....>

This is, indeed, a wonderful game by the very youthful Morphy. It is the first game annotated in "The Genius of Paul Morphy" by Chris Ward (Cadogan Books 1997, pp. 16-18).

As far as the question of who else ever played like this , two examples that come to mind for comparison (as brilliancies by 13-year-old players that are sparkling by any standard) would be Fischer’s famous “Game of the Century”, D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956, and the following less-well-known gem, Navara vs J Helbich, 1998.

Aug-19-07  Whitehat1963: <Peligroso> Here's another example, of course, from my all-time favorite:

Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901

Aug-19-07  Whitehat1963: To say nothing of the young Judit Polgar around the same age: Judit Polgar vs P Angelova, 1988
Sep-11-07  dycotiles: But Fisher's one is still the greatest!
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  sevenseaman: 14. Rxe8+ is exquisite. In Morphy's plan that follows its all important to take out Black's light-squared B. Thereafter its a walk in the park.
Apr-19-12  Whitehat1963: What's the best line after 14...Kc7? It's obviously hopeless, of course, but does white just go after material at that point, or is there something better?
Apr-19-12  Whitehat1963: I think I see it:

14...Kc7 15. Qxc8+ Kb6 16. Na4+ Kb5 17. Nxc5.

But perhaps there's something even better for white?

May-11-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849.
Your score: 18 (par = 17)


May-11-12  AVRO38: WOW!!!
Nov-18-12  Llawdogg: Wow! Just wow!
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  MJCB: I saw 17. Qe6# when playing the game, I find Morphy's ending prettier.
Oct-13-13  Travis Bickle: Brilliant game!!
Oct-13-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: Come on people, just a 1900+ patzer here, move along move along.
Oct-29-13  davide2013: 5.Ng5 is a bad move, and in my database the computer gives a -1.09. However strangely in the Guess the Move feature this move gets 3 points!! And if one plays 5.Ne5, which is the correct move to equalize, he gets only 2 points. Maybe the Guess the Move feature should have a modern opening database added, to know which moves are good and which are bad.
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  MarkFinan: <davide2013: 5.Ng5 is a bad move, and in my database the computer gives a -1.09. However strangely in the Guess the Move feature this move gets 3 points!!> That's because 5.Ng5 was played and you have to... guess the move. It doesn't matter whether your computer agrees it's a bad move, you guess the move correctly and you get the points.

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Morphy has no right to win from here. If Nf6 is played. This is a perfect example of playing the person and not the game!

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