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Napoleon Marache vs Paul Morphy
"Two Knight's the Knight" (game of the day Oct-18-2009)
New Orleans (1857), New Orleans, LA USA
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense (C52)  ·  0-1


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  patzer2: <Once> Good comment about Morphy's recognition that his more active pieces with two pawns for the exchange was winning for Black.

Indeed, in playing 11...Bf5! -+ (-2.72 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8) Morphy must have seen the coming skewer 13. Ba3 and realized he was winning after 13...Qg6 14. Bxf8 Qxg5 -+ (-2.87 @ 30 depth, Stockfish 8.)

Today, that's Pretty standard stuff for Experts and Masters. However, in Morphy's day it must have seemed like magic, especially to his opponent.

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  cocker: A bolt from the blue.
Oct-11-17  matvox: What if white played pawn to f3, simultaneously protecting the queen and opening an escape hatch for the king?
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  malt: 19...Ng3 well known game.
Oct-11-17  Kyudaime: 19...Ng3! and White Queen is enprise and threatening a mate on e2 square.
Oct-11-17  Kyudaime: <matvox: What if white played pawn to f3, simultaneously protecting the queen and opening an escape hatch for the king>

Black will captures the White Queen with 19...Nxe4.

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  thegoodanarchist: To me, Morphy's two greatest strengths were his tactical ability and his understanding of the importance of piece activity.

Here he is more than happy to give up the exchange, for in return he activates all the other pieces whilst White's loss of time leaves him effectively down a minor piece on the kingside.

Oct-11-17  SpamIAm: <matvox>, if 20. f3 then 20...Ne4. White's queen is attacked twice. 21. fe Ne2+ is simple enough, 22. Kf2 Nf4 while if 22. Kh1 Nf4 23. Rf4 Rd1+ followed by mate.
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  malt: Found a Morphy game in the same theme.

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NN- Morphy New York 1859

1...Ng3! 2.Q:d4 (2.Q:h7 Nde2#)...Nd2+
3.Kh1 Q:h2+ 4.K:h2 Rh8+ 5.Bh6 R:h6+ 6.Qh4 R:h4#

Oct-11-17  eblunt: What a lovely move. I like the way even 20. f3 can't stave off the dual threat of mate and loss of queen
Oct-11-17  TrollKing: I prefer knights to bishops. This game shows why. This is another recent display of why knights rule:
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  ChatGrognon: Brilliant : )
Oct-11-17  Pasker: Oh man! only Morphy can pull out these kind of funny tactics. I wonder how far away he has seen all this coming?
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  malt: 20.Qe3 does not save White in todays game
20...Nde2+ 21.Q:e2 N:e2+ 22.Kh1 N:f4 23.g3 (23.Rg1 Rd1 24.g3 Qe4+ )...Qe4+ 24.f3 Q:f3+ 25.R:f3 Rd1+ mating next move.
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  Bubo bubo: Black exploits the fact that the white queen is unprotected by playing 19...Ng3!, and White cannot cope with the dual threat of Qxe4 and Ne2+.
Oct-11-17  leRevenant: Napoleon: "If somezing can go wrong, monsieur, it weeel."
Oct-11-17  savagerules: It's like Morphy was a time traveler from the future who chose 1850s New Orleans on a whim to show chess players of that time how chess should be played.
Oct-11-17  PJs Studio: Iíve seen this before. Letís be honest, many 2300 players would easily overlook this move. A man way ahead of his time.
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  perfidious: <PJs Studio....Letís be honest, many 2300 players would easily overlook this move....>

Perhaps, perhaps not sez this poster, who was a borderline 2300 player in his best days.

<....A man way ahead of his time.>

No less a figure than Botvinnik paid tribute to Morphy's mastery of open play.

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  WorstPlayerEver: I don't think a 2200 player nowadays will push 7. e5

Chess is a ruthless game, for instance: 8... cd6 looks less romantic than 8... Qd6, but it's much better.

Besides, Morphy played chess, not Pokťmon. That's the difference.

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  kevin86: Black puts knights in choking position. White can take queen...and is mates by the king's horses.
Dec-23-17  RookFile: Genius at work.
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  ChessHigherCat: Apart from the knock-your-socks-off moves like Ng3!, 15...dxc3 was a fantastic move, paralyzing both the Queen's N and R with a measly little pawn.
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  FSR: Silent Knight, Wholly Knight.
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