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Paul Morphy vs Paul Journoud
Paris it (1858)
Sicilian Defense: Morphy Gambit (B21)  ·  1-0


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  InspiredByMorphy: How often do you see a sicilian game like this? Great job by Morphy.
Nov-01-04  sumant 9: I dont think that 3...e5 is good.
Nov-01-04  Shams: it does look dodgy. I checked chessbase and four masters have tried 3...e5. 2.5 points out of 4.

I assume you favor transposing to a non-gambit line then, sumant?

the other thing that surprised me about this game was 9. Bxg8. Obviously white is wary of 9...Na5 10. Qd5 Nf6 dropping the bishop, but he could play Bd5. Morphy prefers the tempo and keeping d5 open for the knight, I guess.

Mar-27-05  aw1988: e5 is a hell of an ugly move...
Dec-01-05  Chopin: This game was over before it started.
Feb-12-07  Thrajin: 3... e5 is not a bad move (it is considered a standard opening move after 3. Nf3). The pawn is immune from capture by the knight due to 4. Nxe5 Qa4+.

However, why black chose to virtually ignore white's Queen/Bishop battery, I have no idea...

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  InspiredByMorphy: There is nothing wrong with 3. ...e5 . There is something wrong with 3. ...Be7 . 3. ...Nc6 , 3. ...Nf6 or 3. ...Qc7 would have all been a more efficient way of handling this opening.
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