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Paul Morphy vs John Rhodes
Blindfold simul, 8b (1858), Birmingham ENG, Aug-27
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0


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Annotations by Johann Jacob Loewenthal.      [28 more games annotated by Loewenthal]

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Jun-07-05  prinsallan: 10: ...Nxe5 is the sealed move, what was he thinking, anyone has any ideas?

He didn┤t actually think Morphy would fall for that obvious trap did he?

Jun-07-05  Granite: I'm guessing he thought he won a pawn and overlooked the fact that Morphy could pin him back.
Jun-08-05  prinsallan: A pin for a pin?
A pun anyone? ^^

Anyway, thanks <Granite>, I guess it makes sence, but I believe even a mediocre player today with decent opening skills wouldn┤t grab that pawn without looking twice.

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  beeping.alarm: The variation in L÷wenthal's annotations got garbled somehow. It's in "Morphy's Games", published in 1860 and available in Google Books (see page 165). The variation should read:

4...Nxe5 5.Nxe5 Qh4+ 6.g3 Qxe4+ 7.Qe2 Qxh1 8.d4 (Ng6+ though apparently a good move is not so; for after taking the rook the knight could not easily be liberated) Be7 9.Nf3 d6 10.Be3 Bg4 11.Nbd2 and we prefer the game of the first player.

Also, Stockfish disagrees with L÷wenthal and thinks that 8.Ng6+ is not only better but the only way for white to keep an advantage. Unlike L÷wenthal, Stockfish prefers the game of the second player in the variation.

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