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Paul Morphy vs Aureliano Medina
"Funky Cold Medina" (game of the day Jul-11-2017)
Havana (1862), Oct-21
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  acirce: <cuendillar> You're right.
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  meloncio: <cuendillar><acirce> OK, it's sure an Arab word in origin; I forgot the Saudi city.
Nov-30-04  Backward Development: very nice pun.
Nov-30-04  MoonlitKnight: Medina is indeed the town situated in today's Saudi Arabia that the profet Muhammed emigrated to in 622 AD, a happening which marks the start of the Muslim calendar. Just a reminder.
Nov-30-04  spassky27: What happened to morphy's queen knight?
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  keypusher: This was an odds game -- since Morphy was much stronger than Medina, he played without one of his knights to make things more even. This was very commonly done in the 19th century.
Nov-30-04  mack: Awful game.
Dec-01-04  Zembla: It seems Medina could have held out longer with 34....KxR.
Dec-02-04  PizzatheHut: Now I've seen everything. crossing paths with Tone Loc.
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  patzer2: Morphy's final exchange sacrifice 34. Rxe7! yields a quick forced mate. For example if Black captures the Rook, the finish is 34...Kxe7 35. Qb4+ Kd7 36. Qd6+ Kc8 37. Nxe6 Qf7 38. Qd8+ Kb7 39. Nc5#. The alternative 34...Rxh4 35. Qb5!, gives White a decisive "discovered check" threat.
Feb-16-05  mirunik: I need your advice... I think taht after nxh4 black hold the position..... just give your variants what you think how can white attack after ???
Mar-17-05  Mate Hunter: It's difficult to win with a knight odds. But Morphy was better than the other players in his time and could play odds games and win. Morhpy has won the most of the odds games in
Jan-29-09  WhiteRook48: I thought at first 35...Rxh3+ was a blunder, but then I realized it was the only move anyway against 36. Rxf7+
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  heuristic: this game took place during Morphy's first visit to Cuba, Oct. 21, 1862.

23.exf6 gxf6 24.g5 Nce7 25.gxf6 Nxf6 seems stronger

31...Nxh4 31.Rxc5 g6 32.Rc7 Ke8 33.b6 seems stronger

32...Rd8 33.Bf2 Bxg5 34.fxg5 Kf7 35.Bxa7 is stronger

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  offramp: Black's king is in what is technically known as a "tone lock".
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Jul-11-17  Saniyat24:
Jul-11-17  Atking: Impressive.
Jul-11-17  Pasker: I can't believe what I just saw. This game is crazy. Morphy is a vicious killer on the chess board. Black's entire moves were nothing but defense. He never had a chance to think of a different move.
Jul-11-17  schnarre: ...Haven't played 2.f4 vs the French for some time. After seeing this I'm going to have to break it out again.
Jul-11-17  NimzoCharlie: Who is Tone Loc and what is "Funky cold Medina"?
Jul-11-17  ColeTrane: As a kid growing up on the Medina river in TX we always thought he say Funky Cole Medina....good link <morph>
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  kevin86: Nice game, kudos for Morphy!
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  swclark25: <NimzoCharlie: Who is Tone Loc and what is "Funky cold Medina"?>

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  tamar: The crowd asked Paul why he was so fly, and he replied...Funky Cold Medina
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