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Paul Morphy vs P Capdevielle
(one of 10) (1864)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Accepted (C51)  ·  1-0


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  InspiredByMorphy: An outstanding game by Morphy! After giving up the exchange he gets a big attack on blacks king who is practically defenseless. 16.Ne5+ and 17.Bh6+ are great moves.
Dec-01-04  drukenknight: oh come on. Didnt the guy just forget that his B was en prise?
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  InspiredByMorphy: <drukenknight> I assume your referring to black. Are you talking about the bishop on a1 ? It is not en prise. Nor can it get into the scene of action due to whites d4 pawn blocking its escape.
Dec-01-04  drukenknight: ??? What is wrong w/: 21...Bc3?
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  Chessical: <drukenknight> Your idea of <21...Bc3> does not seem to work due to Black's back rank weakness:

22.Re8 Bxd2 23.h4 (preventing the B retreat to answer the Q check on g4) 23...Rf7 24.Rxc8 Rxc8 25.Qg4+ Kh6 26.Qxc8 with a winning position.

Dec-01-04  drukenknight: how is it winning? it continues:

27. Qg8 Rd7
28. Qf8+ Kg6
29. Qe8+ Rf7
30. Qxc6 Bb4
31. Qb5

this is better than what was played.

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  Chessical: <drukenknight> One particularly venomous plan is:

<21...Bc3> 22.Re8 Bxd2 23.h4 Rf7 24.Rxc8 Rxc8 25.Qg4+ Kh6 26.Qxc8 b6 27.Qg8 Rd7 28.Qf8+ Rg7 29.g4!

Dec-01-04  drukenknight: I think we are on the same line up to black's 28th where you want to interpose the R.
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  beatgiant: On 21...♗c3 22. ♖e8 ♗xd2 , why doesn't 23. ♖xc8 win immediately?
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  beatgiant: <On 21...Bc3 22. Re8 Rxd2 , why doesn't 23. Rxc8 win immediately?> Oh I see, Black would play 23...♖e7 24. ♕g4+ ♗g5 which was probably <Chessical>'s point.

But 21...♗c3 22. ♕g4+ ♔f8 23. ♕e6 ♖f7 24. ♕e8+ ♔g7 25. ♖e7 ♖xe7 26. ♕xe7+ looks strong.

Dec-02-04  drukenknight: b.g.: SHOW ME YOUR WINNING LINE after:

22. Qg4+ Kf8
23. Qe6 Bxd4
24. Qe8+ Kg7
25. Re7+ Rxe7
26. Qxe7+ Kh6

Dec-02-04  Ziggurat: <drukenknight>: A suggestion for a winning line

27. Nf3 Bb2 (or Ba1; otherwise he loses the f6 pawn. Bc3 loses the bishop to a fork)

28. Qf8+ Kg6 (Kh5 leads to mate by force.)

29. Nh4+ Kh5 (Kg5 loses even faster.)

30. g3

White's plan is now Qg7, Qxh7, Qg6 mate. Black cannot do anything meaningful about it. If Black tries 30. - f5, 31. Qe7! leads to mate by force (plan f4, Qg5 mate).

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  beatgiant: <drukenknight>:
I never claimed I have a winning line, only that it looked strong. Moreover, I didn't consider your 23...♗xd4 .

Against this defense 21...♗c3 22. ♕g4+ ♔f8 23. ♕e6 ♗xd4 , white would probably play 24. ♕e8+ ♔g7 25. ♖e4 with a strong attack.

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  beatgiant: <Ziggurat>:
Looks like you posted at the same time as me. Your line looks pretty convincing, thanks.
Dec-02-04  drukenknight: Well hold on! Ziggurat has a good pt. That line seems to lead to Q vs 2 B, maybe not a win, but very difficult for black. As I go back and look at this why did I take that pawn? I violate my own theory!

Lets go back and try this: 23...Rf7 Is this better?
Entire line now looks:

22. Qg4+ Kf8
23. Qe6 Rf7

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  beatgiant: <Q vs 2 B, maybe not a win> It's almost always a win with so many pawns left on the board.

<Lets go back and try this: 23...Rf7 Is this better?> That was the defense I gave in my earlier post, please read. It goes on to move 26.

In any case, White is strong against this defense too, for example 21...♗c3 22. ♕g4+ ♔f8 23. ♕e6 ♖f7 24. ♕e8+ ♔g7 25. ♖e7 ♖xe7 26. ♕xe7+ ♔g6 27. ♕e8+ ♔g7 28. ♘e4 ♗xd4 29. ♘g3 threatens 30. ♘f5+ winning material.

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  heuristic: mo' better moves:
10.d5 Ne7 11.Qb3 Bc5 12.d6 cxd6

12.Na3 Bc3 13.Nb5 Ba5 14.d5 0-0

18...Kg6 19.Nxd8 Rxd8 20.Qb3 Bf5 21.Nd2

20...Be6 21.Rxe6 Rd7 22.Kf1 Rad8 23.Nd2

21.Re8 Rf7 22.Nd2 Bxd4 23.Nf3 Bf5

22.Re8 a6 23.Nf3 Bf5 24.Rxa8 Bg6

Dec-17-10  hawksie: Morphy is fun.
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  tamar: 'You can set my truck on fire
And roll it down a hill,
And I still wouldn't trade it for P Capdevielle '
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  Calli: .....
as I was motorvatin' over the hill
saw Maybelline with P Capdevielle
Why can't you be true?

[pardon my French - vielle is pronounced closer to vee-eh, but this is chessgames after all]

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  Jack Kerouac: Uh..Guys..It 'Coupe de Ville'. As in Cadillac car.
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