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Paul Morphy vs James McConnell
New Orleans cg (1849), New Orleans, LA USA
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  1-0


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Oct-28-05  DeepBlade: kingrook1988 (if thats the year you were born, youre one year older than me)

Nice comment, if the Queen takes the Bishop, the Knight on e4 will fork the Queen with Nd6+.

But what if the King retreats to f8, can white pose a threat?

Oct-28-05  DeepBlade: And Nd6+, what kind of threat would that be, any mating-combinations?
Dec-05-05  KingG: Black can still play on in this game, but it will be extremely uncomfortable, and he will probably lose at least a couple of pawns. There is no immediate win however.

This game is actually worth knowing if you play the king's gambit, especially on the lower levels. Black's first 9 or 10 moves are quite natural, and aren't uncommon.

Feb-07-06  Bobak Zahmat: <KingG> You say Black's first 9/10 moves are quite naturel, I have to disagree with you. The move 3. ... Be7 isn't a common move! I am sure of it!
Feb-07-06  Bobak Zahmat: The game is completely over after Nd6!
Feb-07-06  psmith: <Bobak Zahmat> 3...Be7 is the Cunningham Gambit and is a standard defense.
Feb-07-06  Bobak Zahmat: <psmith> Thanks. I had not seen this variation before. I will take a look good at it. But Fischer's 3. ... d6!? remains the best option I think.
Jul-09-06  RookFile: The Cunningham variation is ok, but what you want to try are these ...Bh4+ lines. If what will play Kf1 in reply to the ....Qh4+ lines, then ...Bh4+ is even more useless for black.... all you've got is a bishop flapping in the breeze. It's no coincidence that in the final position if this game, black wished that he had a bishop to cover d6.
Jul-10-06  Poulsen: Another boring Morphy-game against weak opposition ...
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  offramp: I think it was a consultation game. The 'cg' in the header is a bit inscrutible.
Jul-10-06  Boomie: <Poulson> The game is of historical interest as Morphy is about 12 years old here. Even at this age he knew the power of proper piece development.
Jul-10-06  Poulsen: <Boomie> I am aware of Morphy's age, when he played this game. I am also aware that he won the game by having a better understanding of the importance of piece development.

I don't see however, why that makes the game of "historical interest" - unless off you want to define all games won by talented youngsters as of "historical interest".

I any case the game is, IMO, less impressive than f.x. this game won by an 11-year holding his head against world class opposition Janowski vs Reshevsky, 1922.

Now that's talent!!

Morphys many victories against "named" NN's doesn't prove anything.

Jul-16-07  JMJ565X: who is this morphy guy? he seems to be an okay player??
Jul-16-07  yavuz1990: <JMJ565X> Have you never heard Paul Morphy?? He was the best chess master of 19th century, he is the founder of open position tactics and <importance of piece development>. Please read his profile and don't make Morphy fans angry.
Jul-16-07  Atking: <In any case the game is, IMO, less impressive than f.x. this game won by an 11-year holding his head against world class opposition Janowski vs Reshevsky, 1922> Well Morphy winning 2.5 on 3 games match at twelve with Lowenthal (At time one of the best in the world (Not a "NN")) is then even more impressive.
Jul-16-07  JMJ565X: oooooh, yes, now i kno... paul morphy, a has been!!
Apr-02-08  D.Observer: What's shocking with 11. Ne4?
Apr-02-08  sneaky pete: 11.Ne4 .. threatens not only 12.Nd6+ .. but also (after 11... Bh5) 12.g3 .. winning the DSB. The game is probably incomplete, <cg> being the standard abbr of clipped game.
May-16-09  Chess4Life99: Why would black resign in this position?

Also, when looking at Morphy's player page I saw that he liked to play a lot of gambits. Do you think that because he played so many gambit he won more games?

Dec-19-09  blazerdoodle: Some people need to go back to checkers.
Jul-08-11  ahubers: And what about 11... Be6 ?
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  Sastre: 11...Be6 12.Bxe6 fxe6 13.g3 wins a piece.
Oct-20-11  Mozart72: Morphy and McConnell have the same material advantage value: 36.6, and Morphy won.
Jan-28-16  juanhernandez: is vast like UNIVERSE.
Deep like OCEAN.
High like SKY.
May-17-17  brian5668: Relatively similar to the Morphy vs Knott game.
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