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James McConnell vs Paul Morphy
"Don't Surround Yourself with Yourself" (game of the day Apr-15-2018)
New Orleans (1849), New Orleans, LA USA
King's Gambit: Accepted. Traditional Variation (C38)  ·  0-1


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Jan-23-12  bischopper: how allow sacrificy the queen only if fallow (next) the mate
Jan-23-12  fetonzio: philidor may never have actually played this mate, but he is a very famous analyst, so maybe he got around to it in one of his studies.
Jan-23-12  Nullifidian: Like Jackpawn, I've never been able to play this in tournament games, but I have used the threat of mate to win material, which is just as satisfying. :-)

22... ♕g1+ 23. ♔xg1 ♘f2#

Jan-23-12  BLS: Okay, having looked at this position for 3 or 4 hours, it seems that Qg1+ wins.


I've gotten out the comp and am checking.

Gee, I was right.

Jan-23-12  stst: Q-sac, again & again,

22..... Qg1+
23RxQ (forced) Nf2#

Hope to have a Paul Morphy again to ravel with the top seeds today!!

Aug-15-13  victor antoni: grande y creativo!!!
Jan-02-14  Oliveira: So Morphy also has a Philidor's in his stunning wins list.
May-06-14  GumboGambit: <birthtimes: 7...b5?! "Objectively, the move is inaccurate. The exclamation point is for Black's knowledge of the idea and for courage. The move was undoubtedly influenced by the Evans Gambit, which would have been well-known to young Morphy."

Paul Morphy: A Modern Perspective, by Valeri Beim, 2005, pp. 10-11.>

I have been petitioning FIDE to have this move christened the Gumbo Gambit, in honor of Morphys New Orleans roots. But Kirsan will not return my calls. His secretary is always saying he is playing golf/tennis/squash etc with various interstellar dignitaries.

Dec-13-14  MindCtrol9: 21.Rxf2 Qxf2 won't mate, but the game is lost. anyway.
Jan-28-16  juanhernandez: As the friendship grows we keep exchanging gifts
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  ChessHigherCat: There are a lot more interesting Morphy games than this one because white missed the obviously necessary 21. Rxf2 Qxf2 22. Qd1 but maybe Olc McDonnel hadn't already played through 9 million smothered mate puzzles like we have.
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  perfidious: <GumboGambit....But Kirsan (Ilyumzhinov) will not return my calls....>

The dirty wretch.

<....His secretary is always saying he is playing golf/tennis/squash etc with various interstellar dignitaries.>

What she probably is not disclosing to anyone is that the Fearless Leader is at the Ouija board as well.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: For those of you unfamiliar with English "prog rock" of nearly a half century ago, "Don't surround yourself with yourself" is a lyric from "I've Seen All Good People" by Yes, from The Yes Album. 1971. Suddenly realizing just how old I have gotten.
Apr-15-18  Ilkka Salonen: Good choice of pun, Chessgames, I feel, because it is good time to remind of the tragedy and insanity of poor Morphy, who lost his love, Dixie and will to play chess. This time the world champion contender seems quite sane, but naturally the US does not.
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  Richard Taylor: Caruana is undoubtedly sane. Morphy was sane. Near the end I think he was, it seems by one book I read, disappointed that Staunton wouldn't play him.

Then he lost interest in chess but wanted to get his law practice going.

Perhaps there were "rational reasons" that he lost interest. Not wanting to talk about chess isn't quite madness.

What the US are doing in International politics now is business as usual. It doesn't mean, right or wrong, that such as Caruana approve of it or not. I have critiqued the US but, in reality it is not the whole nation that is 'insane'.

Who was it..I forget who...but someone lambasted various countries but maintained that the people of that country were not good as a group? I think it was Ezra Pound. He himself knew that as soon as he was dealing with an individual that person was not now the nation. But it is easy to slip into that.

But back to Morphy I have I think what are his complete games. I must run through some of them. Many of his opponents were not so good. Or is this, in part, a myth, Anderson and some others were pretty good. His openings in general were sound in principle. And he developed the Ruy Lopez.

Why wasn't he (or isn't he) declared the first World Champion? Earlier than that were Macdonald and Labourdonnais also...

Apr-15-18  TheTamale: This is coming from a guy who loses every game, but it seems the real howler is 16) c4. The pawn was doing fine where it was, supporting d4, but after this the hole that opens on d4 permits Morphy's shenanigans with his queen.
Apr-15-18  Strelets: There is no Morphy mystery: having separated himself in playing strength from his competition by a distance even further than Steinitz and Fischer would in the 18- and 1970s, he got bored of chess and stated that he would only play at odds of a pawn and a move. Nobody took him up.
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  Korora: With 20. ...♘f2+, White has troubles.

There were two moves possible. The text led to a forced mate. 21. ♖xf2 ♕xf2 loses the Exchange right off the bat, but White's still alive. Attempting to guard the e1 square with 22. ♘f3 throws the ♕ away (22. ...♕xc2). Giving the ♔ a flight square with 21. h3 costs White a ♘ with 22. ...♕e1+ 23. ♘f1 ♕xf1+. I'm not sure about 22. ♕d1, however.

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  ChessHigherCat: Korora: Giving the ♔ a flight square with 21. h3 costs White a ♘ with 22. ...♕e1+ 23. ♘f1 ♕xf1+. I'm not sure about 22. ♕d1, however.

Something is wrong with your numbering because the white king is in check on move 21 has no alternative to Kg1. The only time white would have time to play h3 is on move 20, instead of Qxc2, which loses both rooks but it isn't mate:

20. h3 Ng3+ 21.Kh2 Nxf1+ 22.Nxf1 Nxa1

Apr-15-18  schnarre: ...Always a thrill to go over one of Morphy's games.
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  takchess: Nice to see the call out to a classic YES song. A song which had a number of chess references. Coincidentally I was on the receiving end of a King Gambit smothered mate at Chess Club yesterday.
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  Richard Taylor: <TheTamale: This is coming from a guy who loses every game, but it seems the real howler is 16) c4. The pawn was doing fine where it was, supporting d4, but after this the hole that opens on d4 permits Morphy's shenanigans with his queen>

No, White was already virtually lost.

The problem is that White has to play actively to win. So if you play a Kings's Gambit you don't play 5. d3?

That is the kind of move a beginner would make. You need to play (as in the "book") 5. d4 or 5. 0-0 with the idea that if g4 the N can go to to e1 and it is not as bad as it looks. And 5 c3.

Stockfish wants 5. Nc3 which looks good also.

Sep-09-18  jabinjikanza: Lazymans mate.outstandings though!!!!
Sep-09-18  WorstPlayerEver: 13... Ne4 is no mistake

14. Nbd2 f5 could to the same position as in the game.

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Since 16... Bxd4+ is also winning, it's also not a real mistake.

Sep-09-18  WorstPlayerEver: But yes, 7... b5 was a blunder, 7... O-O 8. e5 Ne8 9. d4

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Probably not Morphy's style, but oh so hilarious; White is completely lost.

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