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Louis Paulsen vs Paul Morphy
"Morphy Us" (game of the day Nov-25-2007)
1st American Chess Congress (1857), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Nov-03
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Classical Variation (C48)  ·  0-1


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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...
May-13-14  capabull: Why not 20. ...Bxf2?
May-13-14  capabull: Okay, because of Qf1
May-13-14  kjr63: Steinitz said that Paulsen played excellent opening, but he shoukd have played c2-c3 and d2-d4 before 11.Bf3 (covering the d3 square).
Jul-30-14  posoo: now dis...DIS...puts all other moves to SHAME. Da queen sac without IMMEDIATE compunsation is RARE. AND DONT TELL ME fischer did it. da windmill in dat game was easy to see and I woulda played it too
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  Sally Simpson: A wonderful game but it's always annoyed me as to why PCM missed 22...Rg2!

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Following the above analysis it runs.

22... Rg2 23. Qd3 Rxf2+ 24. Kg1 Rg2+ 25. Kh1 Rg1

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That would have been the perfect wrap up.

Back here after 22...Rg2

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Even 23.Qxb6 does nothing. 23...Rxh2!

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Sep-10-14  Pablo23: Why wasn't 28.Kg2 played?
Sep-11-14  Alexshev: If 28. Kg2 then Rf6 29. Kh1 Cg3 30. Rxf6 Rxh2+ 31. Kg1 gxf6 32. Rxa7 h5
Nov-24-14  yurikvelo:

this game deep analyze

Jun-21-15  DanielHoseano: I got 69 in GTM
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  zanzibar: This game was given in <NY Tribune 1857-11-09 p3> where it is listed as lasting 2 hours 55 minutes.

Bet I know who had more time left on the clock.

Feb-06-16  kishore4u: Brilliant!!
Mar-13-16  talhal20: Morphy makes the game iook so simple!!
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  steinitzfan: 23 ... Be4 is beautiful but it's more of a problem move. 22 ... Rg2 was highly thematic and would have been a satisfying end.
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Nov-24-16  The Kings Domain: One of the great queen sacrifices of the game. Instructive and memorable.
May-16-17  User not found: <Sally Simpson: A wonderful game but it's always annoyed me as to why PCM missed 22...Rg2!>

SS.. Absolutely. But when I first looked at the diagram I completely missed the rook on e8!! Went through the game <knowing> 22..Rg2 wins so I cheated. I just looked at it from blacks POV

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and even though I wouldn't have reached this position I would have seen it, I would have seen the mate within a maximum 5 minutes.. I don't know what happened to black, absolutely atrocious miss and I'm guessing this guy was Morphy's closest rival!

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  Johnnysaysthankyou: Does anyone else feel like Fischer was the reincarnation of Paul Morphy? This game to me feels a lot like the game of the century.
Jun-30-17  sudoplatov: This later game twixt Marshall and Janowski exhibited the same motive. Janowski vs Marshall, 1912

Edo rates Janowski a bit better than Marshall over the 1900 to 1920 time frame. Marshall did have a fair lead in overall wins (38-28 with 19 draws). They seem to be playing and extended match like Alekhine and Euwe.

I did have a discussion with Bill Martz a few years ago (about 50 years probably) and he pointed out that to play like Marshall (or some other attacking players) was very exhausting. Letting the opponent have a material advantage regularly is probably not a good management of labor.

Feb-18-18  PaulMorpyh: 17...Qxf3 18. gxf3 Rg6+ 19. Kh1 Bh3 20. Rd1 Bg2+ 21. Kg1 Bxf3+ 22. Kf1 Bg2+ 23. Kg1 Be4+ 24. Kf1 Bf5 25. Qe2 Bh3+ 26. Ke1 Rg1#
Feb-18-18  PaulMorpyh: He cant stop mate!
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  tpstar: <PaulMorpyh> Welcome to the site.

It seems User: PaulMorphy is taken, but please consider another handle or else everyone will notice the typo.

Go Morphy.

Feb-18-18  PaulMorpyh: I am not real morphy.
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