|Mar-16-04|| ||bumpmobile: The biggest slap in the face is that if the game continues and Morphy takes the queen with his bishop, Bottin can't even take it back without getting mated next move. |
|May-30-04|| ||sergeidave: Strange but amazing game! |
|Sep-29-04|| ||Zaius: At the end of the game, Nf2 was like "Hey guys! I was all wound up and ready to take that rook, what are y'all doing up there?" |
|Oct-09-04|| ||aw1988: Lol Zaius, good point. Bottin never gets a moment's peace. |
|Oct-22-04|| ||uzeromay: Zaius, that might just be the most amusing chess comment I've ever seen. |
|Nov-09-04|| ||Gypsy: How White wins if <8...Nxh1>, istead of the game's <8...Rxf6>, may be of interest. Insufficient is 9.f7+? Rxf7 10.Qh8+ Rf8 11.Qe5+ Be7, where Black extra rook probably wins despite of the cramped possition. Instead, it looks like the simpleton-looking move 9.Qxh7 is the key. The threat is 10.Qg6+ Rf7 11.Qg8+ Rg8 12.f7#. And if 9...Rxf6 then 10.Qh8+ Rf8 11.Qh5+ wins the queen and the game. |
|Nov-10-04|| ||Gypsy: <sergeidave: Strange but amazing game!> Black lost the thread. But White play is not easy to understand.|
First, <8.Bxf6> would have led to a clear material advantage for White: 8...Be7 9.Kxf2 Bxf6 10.exf6 Rxf6+ 11.Nf3 drops the knight; 8...Rxf6 9.exf6 Bf8 10.f7+ Ke7 11.Qe5+ Kxf7 12.Qf5+ drops the rook; and 8...Rxf6 9.exf6 Nxh1 10.f7+ Ke7 11.f8Q++ drops about everithing.
Instead, Morphy opted for <8.exf6>. Why? If 8...Nxh1?!, then 9.Be2(!) and, indeed, White 10.Bh4 threat is hard to pare. (The 9.Be2 has got to be much better than the time-vasting 9.Qxh7 I gave yesterday; eg, 9.Qxh7 Rf7 10. Qg8+ Bf8 11.Be2 d5 12.Bh4 Be6 13.Nd2 ~.) But a real test of 8.exf6 would have been 8...d5!
|Aug-10-05|| ||Averageguy: Isn't it amazing how Morphy seems to be able to create tactics from any position, any opening?|
|Aug-10-05|| ||Happypuppet: It could be because Morphy was entirely unequalled in chess back in his day. Many of these games where Morphy won in the opening were the result of what would today be considered horrendous errors by his opponents. I'm not trying to downplay Morphy's own skill though; his ability in exploiting these weak moves is absolutely incredible nonetheless.|
|Aug-24-05|| ||ChiefNX: I'm sure a modern GM would not have played ...5.Nxf2
I think that maybe if Morphy was around now, he would have to adapt his game a little. I'm not sure if his 'in your face' style would hold up when playing against the top grandmasters today.|
|Aug-24-05|| ||sneaky pete: From Sergeant's game collection:
After the conclusion of the game Morphy and his opponent tried other variations for Black on his 8th move, of which the best was the following:
8... d5 9.Be2 Bg4 10.Bxg4 Nxg4 11.f7+ Rxf7 12.Qxf7+ Kxf7 13.Bxd8 Nf2 14.Bh4 Nxh1 15.Nf3 Nc6 16.Nbd2 Rg8 17.Kf1 d4 18.cxd4 .. (18.Nb3 .. is apparently quicker) 18... Nxd4 19.Nxd4 Bxd4 20.Nf3 Bb6 21.Re1 h6 22.Re7+ Kf8 23.Ne5 Rg7 24.Nd7+ Kg8 25.Rxg7+ Kxg7 26.Nxb6 ?xb6 [.. PxKt] 27.g4 Kg6 28.Kg2 h5 29.h3 .. and White won.
Noteworthy is how Morphy didn't bother about the locked in Nh1 and first completed development, built up an attack with the reduced material, and only picked up the Knight when there was nothing better to do.
|Aug-25-05|| ||Calli: <sneaky pete> The continuation is also here Morphy vs A Bottin, 1858|
|Oct-20-05|| ||DeepBlade: This is the reason to be inspired by Morphy.|
|Dec-01-05|| ||Chopin: A. Bottin got murdered in this game.|
|Apr-25-07|| ||Whack8888: it has been mentioned before, but that Knight on f2 does look pretty hilarious!|
|Apr-27-07|| ||wolfmaster: He was probably bottin(bottling) beer before the game!|
|May-17-07|| ||Halfpricemidge: Perhaps 7...Be7 would have been better for black?|
|Feb-27-08|| ||JimmyVermeer: Sergeant places a pair of question marks beside Black`s 4th move, but it doesn`t seem to be the move that cost Bottin the game. Bottin likely lost because of his 5th move - Nxf2. Had Morphy not responded the way he did with 6 Qxg7, Bottin could have won. Bottin`s 7th, 8th, and 9th moves were also bad, especially the 8th.|
|Feb-27-08|| ||JimmyVermeer: Don`t ask me why it`s putting my apostrophes backwards.|
|Sep-11-08|| ||mindmaster: I am bit of an amateur and can anyone tell me wat has happened......theres no checkmate and the game is not over yet....does tht means black resigns........|
|Sep-11-08|| ||chancho: <mindmaster> After 10...Bf8 the Black Queen is toast.|
|Feb-04-09|| ||Oliveira: 9...f8 10.h8:)|
|May-17-12|| ||Llawdogg: It's so true! That knight on f2 does look ridiculous at the end. LOL.|