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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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Oct-11-17
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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.
Oct-11-17
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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNi...
Oct-11-17
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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?
Oct-11-17
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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.
Oct-11-17
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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.
Oct-12-17
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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.

Oct-12-17  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.

Oct-12-17
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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.
Dec-23-17
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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.
Dec-25-17
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  FSR: Silent Knight, Wholly Knight.
Mar-19-18  JPi: <A popularly held theory about Paul Morphy is that if he returned to the chess world today and played our best contemporary players, he would come out the loser. Nothing is further from the truth. In a set match, Morphy would beat anybody alive today... Morphy was perhaps the most accurate chess player who ever lived. He had complete sight of the board and never blundered, in spite of the fact that he played quite rapidly, rarely taking more than five minutes to decide a move. Perhaps his only weakness was in closed games like the Dutch Defense. But even then, he was usually victorious because of his resourcefulness.> Adding to this Paul Morphy's great ability to learn quickly Bobby Fischer's quote must be pertinent
Mar-19-18  sudoplatov: EDO estimated ratings:

Paul Morphy 2805 (#1) based on 266 games.

Napoleon Marache 2269 (#84) based on 21 games.

Mar-19-18  JPi: Well difficult to give a rating evaluation of Morphy' force but putting in mind his incredible capacity to learn, I'm afraid that 2800 is a too tight limit (To my point of view Fischer of 68~75 will be on our time far from the rating he got at time for more and less the same reason. How much is said when Carlsen at 2850~ gave his feeling about Fischer'play during this period.)
May-04-18  That Roger: How different could this game have turned out if white didn't pin his queen on move 18 and 19?
Jun-10-18  Justin796: Morphy had weak competition! He reminds me of Fischer in the sense of being vastly overrated...
Jun-10-18  john barleycorn: beating the competition that is around convincingly does make the the winner look weak, does it? the winner is rated by beating the competition. no way to predict how well he had fared against stronger competition (as it was simply not available).

Our poor heroes from the past. What losers they would be today. Using a slingshot when we have nukes ... but then why woulld we discuss their games? To find out how not to play?

Dec-06-18
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  MSteen: Few players leave me just speechless the way Morphy does. It seems so simple, so obvious when you finally get to the end, but coming up with these sacrifices is the work of a genius. His games are like a finely plotted mystery novel. When the murderer is finally uncovered, you see that all the clues that led up to his discovery were obvious. But you never saw them while reading the book.
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