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Paul Journoud vs Paul Morphy
Paris it (1858)
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  0-1
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Mar-01-08  JimmyVermeer: It is uncertain whether the date of this game was in 1858 or 1859.

Journoud should have tried Kg1 on his 38th move. The ending might have gone like this: 38 Kg1 Kf4 39 Re2 e3 40 Kf1 Rd1 41 Re1 Kf3 42 Rxd1 e2+ 43 Ke1 Ke3 44 Rd3+ Kxd3 45 Kf2 Kd2 46 Kg1 e1Q+ 47 Kh2 Qf2+ 48 Kh1 Qg2#

Kg1 was also correct on Journoud's 37th move, though he would have still lost in about the same number of turns.

Jul-25-09
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  playground player: I played this variation (not exactly the same, of course, but very similar) against a Regional Senior Champion, and beat him. Giuoco Piano is a good opening for Black--a lot more resourceful than it looks.
Sep-21-09  oao2102: I wonder if 17. d5 was the best continuation of the attack...
Sep-21-09  Boomie: <oao2102: I wonder if 17. d5 was the best continuation of the attack...>

Notice that the pawn on d5 is pinned. Black can just play Na5 and eventually the pawn will fall.

17. d5 Na5 18. Bxh6 Rfd8


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Sep-21-09  oao2102: <17. d5 Na5 18. Bxh6 Rfd8>

Consider the following continuation:
19. Qd4 Qe7 20. Qf2

Sep-21-09  oao2102: <19. Qd4 Qe7 20. Qf2>


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I believe white is winning in this line...

Sep-21-09  oao2102: Actually 19. Qh5 is better.
Sep-21-09  Boomie: <oao2102: <19. Qd4 Qe7 20. Qf2>>

Good one. I put it into the silicon monster and it came up with a defence for black. Na5 doesn't work because of the mate threats on the black king.

17. d5 Ne7 18. Bxh6 Bf5 19. g4 Bh7 20. Qd4 Qd6


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This is a rather nervous equality. Hard to believe any human finding all this over the board.

Sep-21-09  oao2102: <Hard to believe any human finding all this over the board.>

Yep. Apart from the variation you give, there are other interesting ones...but they all require pretty precise play.

Take for example:

17...♘e7 18. ♕e1 ♗f5 19. ♗xh6 ♖fe8 20. ♕h4 ♕d6 21. ♗f4 ♘g6 22. ♗xd6 ♘xh4


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Sep-21-09  Boomie: <oao2102: <Hard to believe any human finding all this over the board.>>

Heh. Well, when I said any human, I excluded Morphy, of course. He could find his way through any open position. Was he human? Hard to say...heh.

Aug-30-18  princecharming: It's as if White was trying to get mated at the end
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