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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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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 ....
Aug-18-07
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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!
Oct-04-10  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.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF MORPHY.
Your score: 18 (par = 17)

LTJ

May-11-12  AVRO38: WOW!!!
Nov-18-12  Llawdogg: Wow! Just wow!
Oct-13-13
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  MJCB: I saw 17. Qe6# when playing the game, I find Morphy's ending prettier.
Oct-13-13
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  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.
Jan-09-14  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!

Dec-26-15  waustad: Yet another magnificent 19th century attack!
Dec-26-15  Steve.Patzer: This is a keeper.
Dec-26-15
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  morfishine: Drop the "You" leaving "Reap What Rousseau" would've been a humongous improvement (raising the quality all the way up to routine lameness). As it is now, the title is awkward, nonsensical and just plain dumb

*****

Dec-26-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: Drop the "You" leaving "Reap What Rousseau" would've been a humongous improvement >

Agree 100%. Having the word "You" in the pun just makes it clunky.

Dec-28-15
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  kevin86: Morphy wins big!
Jan-28-16  juanhernandez: A bond of love,
A medal of trust.
Nov-06-17  MariusDaniel: Very nice chess game!
Dec-06-17  schnarre: ...A classic game by a Master of the Game!
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