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Paul Morphy vs NN
"The Big Easy" (game of the day Jul-12-2012)
New Orleans - (1858), New Orleans, LA USA, Mar-24
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Perreux Variation (C55)  ·  1-0


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Dec-14-10  hawksie: Morphy..ahead of his time?
Jul-04-12  sevenseaman: Wanna see clear chess thinking, follow Morphy.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Concerning the question of how far ahead Morphy saw in this game, one should note that the theme of the Nxf7 sacrifice was almost 250 years old by 1858 (!). Even though the opening is slightly different, it's not unreasonable to think that Morphy know about Polerio vs Domenico, 1610.
Jul-04-12  LoveThatJoker: Awesome game for July 4th!


Jul-04-12  DanielBryant: The real Battle of New Orleans was very one-sided, though perhaps not as much as this affair.
Jul-04-12  blackburne: This is a blinfold game... Great
Jul-04-12  Boomie: Morphy was one of the best blindfold players ever. This lovely king chase would be one of our proudest achievements had we found it over the board in a tournament. To find it in a blindfold game is awesome.
Jul-04-12  SamAtoms1980: Ha, I am currently in the process of forming a collection out of the 100 "classic" games that came with the Chessmaster 2000 (1986) computer program. They are in chronological order, this game is number 10.
Jul-04-12  LoveThatJoker: <SamAtoms1980> All I have to say to that is,

"I'm in Check!"

"Your Move!"

"Whoops - You got me!"


"The Chessmaster 2000"


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  Honza Cervenka: 5.Ng5 in this line is in fact inferior continuation. Black can play simply 5...Ne5 covering f7 with at least equal game, or he can continue 5...d5!? 6.exd5 Qe7+! which is probably slightly better for him, like in Sokolsky vs Keres, 1949. Of course, 6...Nxd5 is a well-known mistake, which almost loses by force.
Jul-04-12  Bishoprick: This "Perreux Variation" except for move order, looks an awful lot like a Fried Liver or Fagettelo Attack.
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  chancho: You mean: Fegatello attack.
Jul-04-12  Bishoprick: Yes, chancho. Thanks for the correction. My first mistake, ever! ;-) .
Jul-04-12  blazerdoodle: <This is a blinfold game... Great> I take it that it wasn't NN who was blindfolded...
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  Phony Benoni: <blazerdoodle> I wouldn't be so sure NN wasn't blindfolded. Many of Morphy's wins were so bloody that his opponents preferred not to watch.
Jul-04-12  waustad: When he did Ke6 I knew a serious king hunt was on and there would be no quarter given, but by then he was already worse.
Jul-04-12  scormus: <Phony Benoni> I don't like the sight of blood, especially when its mine. If I'd been in B's postion any time after about move 8 ... I'd have shut my eyes anyway.
Jul-04-12  backrank: This is Game 31 in 'Morphy Chess Masterpieces' by Reinfeld and Soltis.
Jul-04-12  MountainMatt: Almost as if Morphy went for the most humiliating winning line possible against NN, aka Rodney Dangerfield.
Jul-04-12  e4 resigns: Paul Morphy for game of the day!
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  kevin86: White mates after a chase like a fox-hunt.
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  Abdel Irada: <<MountainMatt:> Almost as if Morphy went for the most humiliating winning line possible against NN, aka Rodney Dangerfield.>

No, it was the other Dangerfield ... the one on FICS, who doesn't *deserve* no respect.

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  Richard Taylor: 6. ... Qe7 is slightly better for Black.

10. Nc3 is inferior to 10. Re1+

Black had to play 9. ... Ke8

Most reasonably strong club or tournament players would find this attacking idea quite easily these days.

Of course they owe this knowledge to Morphy and others. Most of Morphy's players were not very strong however so it is hard to see how good he was.

But he certainly knew about development and piece placing etc.

Jul-12-12  ventricule: I don't understand, isn't it the same gotd as on Jul 4th , with a different move order at the beginning ? Looks like CG shamefully removed the July 4th game from the gotd archive, so I cannot verify.

Is it some kind of apology for the slightly inaccurate move order last week ?

Jul-12-12  Qxf7: I would have deviated with 5... Ne5. Of course I've also got the advantage of 150+ years of opening theory on the poor N.N.

As for the actual sac on move 8, there's enough positional justification that any player with a rating above 1500 (moderate club player) should be able to explain why it works.

Of course a lot of that positional theory was developed by other people studying Morphy's play, so that really says something about how far ahead of the curve he was.

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