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Napoleon Marache vs Paul Morphy
"Two Knight's the Knight" (game of the day Oct-18-09)
New (1857)  ·  Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense (C52)  ·  0-1
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Apr-28-09  copablanco: What Bobby Fischer said about Morphy:
"A popularly held theory about Paul Morphy is that if he returned to the chess world today and play our best contemporaries players, he would come out the loser.Nothing is further from the truth.In a set match, Morphy would beat anybody alive today."
Aug-30-09  TheMacMan: i never understood what the term set match means, someone please explain
Sep-30-09  ughaibu: You appear to be assuming that there exists at least one person who does understand.
Oct-18-09  bengalcat47: Once again Napoleon meets his Waterloo!
Oct-18-09  m0nkee1: The pun is awful ... nice game tho .. looks salvageable with 15 Bb4 as suggested?... after Rd8 looks like Morphys trap is set?...
Oct-18-09  YoungEd: It seems White had the appearance of a good game, but it was only a Marache.
Oct-18-09  manakin: It is quite remarkable that someone's chess envisioning can be such, that a mate threat of this kind is detected by him. The king is seemingly well defended... I am not surprised that even a good player gets mated in one like this, because this mate threat is extremely unpredictable. The psychological effect of moving the knight to g3 is, For white, stressing of the double fork... It must take some long seconds OTB to get it's actually covering white king's escape square, for an attack virtually invented right on that spot.
Oct-18-09  DaveyL:

Tonight's the night. Tonight's the ni-ii-ii-iight....

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  Once: One thing I like about Morphy is that he nearly always seems to be moving forwards. Every move seems to develop a piece or move a piece to a better square.

And with your army better developed and further up the board than the opponents', combinations are bound to appear.

The star move for me here is 11...Bf5. This develops his last minor piece, blocks the b1-h7 diagonal and joins up the black rooks. The drawback is that it allows white the exchange winning tactic of 12. Bxf5 Nxf5 13. Bh3 Qg6 14. Bxf8 Qxg5

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White has won the exchange, but just look at the development of the pieces! Black has four pieces in play to white's one. And white is going to have to spend another move to get his Bf8 to safety. Surely the exchange is not worth that amount of black development?

Black's next couple of moves increase his advantage. 15. Ba3 dc! I love this move. It opens the d file for the black rook to harass the white queen and it temporarily entombs the white knight and Ra1. The only safe square for the white knight is on a3, but that is already occupied by white's greedy bishop.

By the time the play spools to 18...Ncd4 we have almost total black domination. His pieces dominate almost every useful square and the white queen has nowhere safe to run to. She has to stay near the Bf4 or e2 to stop Ne2+ from forking king and bishop. 19. Qc1? is clearly rubbish. 19. Qd1 allows 19...c2 forking queen and knight. And 19. Qe4 allows Morphy's pretty queen sac/ knight mate.

And as always, Morphy makes it look so easy... just keep moving forwards....

Oct-18-09  gauer: Weird is that just 2 years later, Mandolfo vs Kolisch, 1859 0-1 had a similar configuration of leaping Knights across the Pawn shield.
Oct-18-09  weisyschwarz: "...ain't nobody's gonna stop Paul now."

Oct-18-09  JG27Pyth: Napoleon Dynamited!
Oct-18-09  WhiteRook48: some sources say the game ended at 19...Ng3!
Oct-18-09  patzer2: Now 19...Ng3! is a really neat discovered attack!
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  kevin86: An immortal by Morphy-spookingly similar to Marshall's gem a few years later.

KNIGHT MOVES!!! (BTW,a good Movie,starring Christopher Lambert,deals with chess.)

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  LIFE Master AJ: My analysis of this game ...

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  sevenseaman: White had the chance to take the N on g3. So not a fool's mate; but a mate for a fool.
Dec-25-11  Llawdogg: Wow! What an amazing finish!
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  notyetagm: N Marache vs Morphy, 1857

Egads, what an *enormous* <LEAD IN DEVELOPMENT> Morphy has.

17 ... Ra8-d8

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  Phony Benoni: <"The serene nineteeth beams on you, and seems almost to spell an artful, patronizing Q.E.D."> -- William Ewart Napier, "Amenities and Background of Chess-play".
Apr-28-13  JimNorCal: The Napier book does not seem to be available on Amazon, a pity. Will you be providing a brief review on the Napier bio page?
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  Phony Benoni: <JimNorCal> You might look for it as "Paul Morphy and the Golden Age of Chess". Horowitz and Reinfeld issued an edited version under that title, and it would probably be the only version available today. It's the one I'm actually using, but I'm trying to stick to the Napier part. Those aren't hard to pick out.
Apr-28-13  JimNorCal: <Phony Benoni> Thanks! Yes, Golden Age is rare but available.
Aug-10-13  EvanTheTerrible: A great attack and final position.
Apr-05-14  Whitehat1963: What an amazing finish! Morphy's skill at finding killer combinations is unparalled.
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