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Louis Paulsen vs Paul Morphy
"Morphy Us" (game of the day Nov-25-07)
1st American Chess Congress (1857)  ·  Four Knights Game: Spanish. Classical Variation (C48)  ·  0-1
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Given 273 times; par: 40 [what's this?]

Annotations by Irving Chernev.      [4 more games annotated by Chernev]

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Oct-29-11  master of defence: Black missed a fastest win with 23... Be4+ 24. Kf1 Bf5 threatening Bh3# and 25. Qe2 loses for 25... Bh3+ 26. Ke1 Rg1#
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  twin phoenix: Thank you Kibitzers <jeorgwalters> and <DrMal> it is for pearls such as you 2 on this game that i actually read the kibitzing!
Apr-29-12  Suppin: <28.h3 saves white, for example if 28..Rxh3+ 29.Kg2 Rg3+ 30.Kh1 and i don't see a continuation of win for black.> h3 is not a good move for white in this position and in that variation, Kh1 isn't white's best option. After Kh1 black has a mate in three. 30...Bg1 to prevent the king from taking the rook when it's placed on h2 (If white captures the bishop with his rook then 31...Rh3#) All white can do then is delay the inevitable with 31. Rf2 Rxf2, then capture the pawn on a7 for a small gain in material 32. Rxa7 Rh2#
May-17-12  Llawdogg: 17 ... Qxf3 is a rather good move.
Jun-22-12  pericles of athens: my goodness what an amazing game! wow. breathtaking.

RIP paul.

Jul-06-12  theweaponking: Let's see here...

28. h3, Bg1!! - 29. Kxg1 - Rg6+ - 30. Kh1, Rg2 - 31. Rf2, Rgxf2 - 32. Kg1, f6 with a winning endgame for Black.

28. h3, Bg1!! - 29. Rxg1, Rxh3#

28. Rg1, Bxg1 - 29. Kxg1, f6 with a winning endgame for Black.

28. h4, Bxh4! - 29. Rxa7, Bf2+ - 30 . Kg2, Bxa7

Aug-05-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857.
Your score: 47 (par = 39)


Aug-27-12  jschlotz: Can anyone explain why not 17. ...Qxf1+?

I must be missing something but it seems to lead a much quicker checkmate....

Aug-28-12  DanielBryant: <jscholtz> White can play 18.Qxf1 Re1 19.g3 Bh3 20.Bg2 and there is no mate.
Aug-28-12  Cyphelium: <DanielBryant> You are right, there's just this detail: after 18.- Qxf1+ 19. Qxf1 Re1 20. g3 Bh3 21. Bg2 Rxf1+ 22. Kxf1 Bxg2+ 23. Kxg2 Re2, black wins a pawn and is clearly better. So it is probably better to wait with g3 and play 20. d3 (idea Re2) first. Then after 20.- Bf5 21. Rd2 white can continue with g3 etc. without losing a pawn.
Oct-29-12  Conrad93: 9.Be2? Correct move: 9.Bb3. Now the pawn can't be taken: 9...Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Rxe4 Qf3!.

Another blunder is 12.c3. 12.d3 or 12.Bg4 would have been far better.

These blunders ruin the beauty of the game.

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  waustad: Oh my, 12 minutes on a critical move 17 before the anvent of chess clocks. Grischuk spends that on whether to push 3.) ... a3 in a Ruy Lopez normally.
Premium Chessgames Member <Kinghunt: I played the demo of Guess the Move and tried 24...Bg4, which I know to be stronger than the text. Yet Guess the Move claimed it was inferior and gave 0 points. =(>

24...Bg4 cannot be stronger than the text, because the text (24...Bxg2) is a forced mate in 5.

"Toga" (the computer software that analyzes GTM games) saw that 24...Bg4 is surely but White can stave off mate with ruinous sacrifices (25.Qd3 Bxd1 26.h4, Kh2 etc.) Perhaps it's a bit harsh, but Guess-the-Move strongly penalizes you when you miss a forced mate, regardless of how good the alternatives are.

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  LIFE Master AJ:
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  morfishine: <Conrad93> On your comment: <...These blunders ruin the beauty of the game> I'd have to agree for the most part. Another weak move 16.Ra2 was labeled 'silly' by Steinitz. Rarely have we seen annotators, then or now, use the word 'silly'
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  LIFE Master AJ: I agree that Paulsen's play was of poor quality, (compared to modern times); but Morphy's play was simply sublime. To the players - of that time - Morphy was making conbinations (and beating people) in such a way that no one had ever seen before, his tactics were (for the most part) razor sharp.
May-14-13  Tigranny: This is my favorite game of chess ever. Amazing queen sac by Paul Morphy.
Jun-26-13  badmath: This may sound stupid but why not 6. ...Nxe5 ?
Dec-23-13  solskytz: There is 7. d4
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  john barleycorn: A similar combination happened in this game after 20.Bc5

G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1869

Feb-17-14  Phrygian: Why not 29. Rf2?
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  OhioChessFan: <Phrygian> 29. Rf2 Rxf2 30. Bxe3 Rfxh2+ 31. Kg1 Rh1+ 32. Kg2 Rxa1 and it's over.

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Mar-29-14  capafischer1: Morphy was more ahead of his competitors than anybody in chess history. You can safely bank on that claim.
Apr-10-14  Conrad93: Not bad for a 19th century game, but this is hardly the skills of the "greatest ever."

More like the "Greatest player of the mid 19th century."

Apr-10-14  Conrad93: Unless of course you regard Philidor, Greco, and Ruy Lopez de Segura with the same regard...
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