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Fiske / Fuller / Perrin vs Paul Morphy
Consultation game (1857), Hoboken, NJ USA, Dec-06
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky Variation (C58)  ·  1-0


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  Chessical: Messrs. Fiske,Fuller and Perrin teach Morphy not to overestimate his attacking chances using the Two Knights Defence.

Morphy had faith in this line as Black using it aginst De Riviere later, but he abandoned the Qh4 idea for a f5 pawn thrust, e.g.

<12.Nc3> f5 13.Be3 Bb4 14.Qd2 Bd7 15.g3 Qe7 agianst De Riviere, London 1859; and

<12.Nd2> f5 13.Nb3 Bd6 14.0-0 Bxh2+ 15.Kxh2 f4 16.Qxe4 Ng5 against De Riviere, Paris 1863.

On this basis instead of <13...Qh4>, an improvement would have been <13...f5> e.g. 14.c5 Bxh2+ 15.Kxh2 Qxd5 16.Rd1

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  tpstar: <Chessical> 1) Why not 22 ... Bxc2 instead (23. Qxc2 Qxh4)? 2) Why not 44. c6 a6 45. b4 and Black's in zugzwang? Thank you.
Jul-01-04  chessfected: 22...Bxc2 23.g4 Qg5 24. Nf3 Qg6 25. c5 followed by 26. Ne5 with triple attack on f7, not to mention the Bishop on c2. You're right about the Zugzwang. But I guess exchanging rooks does the job as well.
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  beatgiant: <1) Why not 22 ... Bxc2 instead (23. Qxc2 Qxh4)?> Maybe White would play 23. g4 Qg5 24. Qxf7ch.

Your other suggestion, <2) Why not 44. c6 a6 45. b4 and Black's in zugzwang> looks right. But the line in the game is also an easy win.

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  Chessical: <Tpstar> The lines given by <Chessfected> and <Beatgiant> are convincing. Morphy's position was sufficiently lost for there to be more than one route to victory.

I believe that Morphy saw that <22 ... Bxc2> was too dangerous, and that the consultants played <44.Rxd8> as a certain win.

Jul-22-06  Rocafella: It takes 3 people to beat Morphy. Shows how good he was ;)
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  MissScarlett: When this game appeared in Fiske's <Chess Monthly> of May 1858, p.144, it included the misstep <46.Kd5 Ke7 47.Ke4 Kd8>, so the game ran 51 moves.
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