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Paul Morphy vs Charles Maurian
New Orleans (1857)
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Dec-30-03  Hidden Skillz: my god streiht up killer moves..
Dec-30-03  John Doe: Where did black go wrong? White's play can't possibly be sound untill a few moves before mate. (Or perhaps black's play was just THAT bad)
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  Calli: <John Doe> Certainly 13...Qxe1 is worth a try.
Jul-08-04  cuendillar: 7...Nf6 seems like a winning move, I think that's the defutation of this gambit. It's hard to find a continuation of Morphy's attack after that.
Nov-18-04  delterp: I'm reading an excellent book by Colin Crouch about conducting an attack. He points out something he calls the 'rule of three'. That for a successful king hunt, three pieces is normally required. Note how after drawing the black king out with the sacrifice 8) Bxf7+, Morphy follows through with the 'rule of three' to get two more pieces into the attack (actually three more pieces, but one is immediately offered for sacrifice). Beautiful. Further, note the avoidace of 9) Qxf4+?.
Jan-12-07  mrbiggs: he sacrificed every piece except those necessary for the mate.


<John Doe> you probably aren't reading this since you asked in 2003.

But Fritz9 gives

11...Qxd4+ as going from about -5 to -1. It recommends h6 instead.

12...Qxe4 is also bad, but not as much, losing another half a pawn.

13...Qxe1 was necessary to prevent mate. Morphy made so many sacrifices that black actually ends up with a ~.5 advantage, so Fritz recommends that white draws with perpetual check. So this was his last chance to save the game.

Dec-17-08  WhiteRook48: Morphy is amazing!!!!!
Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: and he was about to be checkmated himself!! (he wouldn't if his a1 Rook was there.) Amazing. First Morphy takes off my lookalike, then sacs knight on move 5, then does bishop sac on f7, then rook sac on move 16, then mates. Wow.
Jan-02-09  WhiteRook48: wait a minute he took of his b1 Knight instead.
Qe8# what a move
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: sacrificial guy
Dec-24-10  meppi: if black plays 14.Nxe7...

IE: 14. Rxe7 -- Nxe7

15. Bh6+ -- Qxh6 (if Kg8 Rf8#)

16. Qf7#

Dec-25-10  sevenseaman: Usually a discovered/double check is unparryable. Morphy nonetheless is able to select a better one.
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  tpstar: Another source gives the finish as 16. Rxh7+ Ke8 17. Qxg6+ Kd8 18. Bc7# 1-0.

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If 14 ... Nxe7 15. Bh6+! mates; 15 ... Qxh6 16. Qf7#, or 15 ... Kg8 16. Rf8#.

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