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Paul Morphy vs Schrufer
"Smother Nature" (game of the day May-14-17)
Paris (1859)  ·  Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)  ·  1-0
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Apr-02-14  Cyborg1939: Morphy's legendary photographic memory made him him the best ever. In my book.
Sep-26-14  capafischer1: Morphy was super accurate. according to Bobby Fischer Murphy was the most accurate player in the history of chess
Oct-10-14  MSteen: I can't imagine playing "Guess the Move" for a Morphy game. The way he sacked pieces with wild abandon for a brilliant combination would leave me guessing wrong at almost every turn. I remember one of my own OTB games (casual), though, in which I was able to pull of this smothered mate pattern. I even said to my younger opponent, "watch this and remember it; it's really cool." Even he was impressed.
Feb-23-15  Clasher123: Wondefully Played by Morphy and all the great sacks which Schrufer couldn't refude
Feb-25-15  Cactusjuice: Morphy's tactics can beat anybody alive today...
Mar-25-15
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  fredthebear: This is an example of a Smothered Mate, Philidor's Legacy.

Comments by Reshevsky:

The first eight moves have been played many times. Instead of the text move, Black can obtain a satisfactory position with either 8...Q-QR4 or 8...Q-Q1. After the text move, White regains his piece immediately and remains a pawn down, for which he enjoys the better development. Eventually, Black is forced to give up his extra pawn -- the QB.

9.NxN Better than 9.RxN+ (giving check is not always beneficial), B-K3 10.NxP QxQ+ 11.NxQ 0-0-0! pinning the N-Q4 with the better prospects

10.B-N5? Black has delayed castling long enough. The correct move therefore would be 10...0-0-0.

12. NxKP White has given up a rook for a bishop and a pawn -- not an equal exchange ordinarily, but, in this case, White has prevented Black from castling, subjecting his king to harassment.

14.Q-K2 Threatening 15.NxBP+ or NxNP+

15...K-B1 would have been the lesser of two evils.

19...K-B1?? The only try would have been 19...K-K1.

20...K-N1 If 20...K-Q1 21.Q-Q7#

This is the well-known "smothered mate." The legendary Morphy knew how to exploit his opponent's weak play.

Dec-17-15
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  RookFile: Tal would have been proud to have been white in this game.
Jan-07-16
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  Nightsurfer: One more case of the SMOTHERED CHECKMATE in modern times - well, it is just the opener of that killer that has decided the game V Vasilescu vs N Stanec, 2012, just check out the opener <35.Rxd3! ...> and the follow-up <36.Qb3+ ...> there!
Jan-18-16  talhal20: Morphy was too much for Schrufer.
Jan-18-16  talhal20: Carlsen the present world champion will certainly beat Schrufer but will not be able to engineer the smothered mate Morphy brought about. That is the difference between Morphy and the 21st century grand masters.
May-14-17
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  al wazir: I still wonder how white would continue after 18...Ne7.
May-14-17
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  RookFile: 18....Ne7 19. Bxe7+ Qxe7 20. Ne6+ Kc8 21. Nc5+ Kd8 22. Ne6+ 1/2 - 1/2
May-14-17
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  offramp: I've got a better title for this game:

THE GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE.

May-14-17  morfishine: 'Schrufer'? This is a real name, 'Schrufer'?

I suspect this player is actually NN, who when pressed to divulge his real name, threw out 'Schrufer'

*****

May-14-17
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  Sally Simpson: Of course it's not his real name, it was his occupation. Morphy would play anyone.

This game was played between Morphy and his chauffeur. whilst he was being driving around New Orleans looking for totty.

May-14-17  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Thats brilliant, whether true or sarcastic! lol

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May-14-17
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  Sally Simpson: It's true (would I lie?).

Page 186 of 'Pieceless and Pawnless Endings' by Johnny 'not the doctor' Nunn.

May-14-17
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  drleper: <'Pieceless and Pawnless Endings' by Johnny 'not the doctor' Nunn.>

An instant chess classic.

May-14-17
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  offramp: <morfishine: 'Schrufer'? This is a real name, 'Schrufer'? >

His name was Rufer. But people used to be dismissive of him, saying, "Rufer? Schrufer!"

May-14-17  morfishine: <offramp> You and <Sally Simpson> are killing me over here, ROFL, and what a treat from my two favorite posters, and all on Mother's Day :)

This is going to be a great day!

*****

May-14-17  Dirkster: The more I study Morphy's games, the more I'm in awe of his chess genius! What was with that guy, anyway?!?
May-14-17
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  Jack Kerouac: <Dirkster> Liberal thinker. Not conservative thinker. And that's where art comes from....
May-14-17  sukebe: Chauffeur got parking ticket
May-14-17  schnarre: ...Morphy's use of the Knight pair was absolutely devastating here!
May-14-17  savagerules: Never seen this Morphy game and another brilliant romp over his hapless opponent from the greatest of all time chess artist. He's an artist not a butcher. Paul, why did you have to go crazy at such a young age? Just think of all the games we missed seeing if he kept playing.
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