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Thomas Wilson Barnes vs Paul Morphy
London (1858), London ENG
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  0-1


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  Calli: An old favorite. 12 .. Ne5! and then the pawn capturing all the way from e5 to a1. Very nice.
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  Sneaky: Wow, that's incredible.
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  Calli: Just ran it through the computer and looks entirely sound. Barnes could do little after Ne5. He should have played Kf1 around move 22 or 23 to avoid f4, but he is still lost.
Apr-11-03  BLD9802: I do not have the actual game, however I read some time ago that Barnes managed to defeat Morphy using 1.e4 f6.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <BLD9802> <I read some time ago that Barnes managed to defeat Morphy using 1.e4 f6.> Find where you read it and let me know. Dont take my comment personally but, I dont believe this to be even a possibility. 1. Morphy beat Barnes 6 to 3 based on games in this database. I have Sergeant's "Morphys games of chess" at home and can see if there were any more matches, but Morphy was no doubt the victor. 2. There is no such game involving the moves 1.e4 f6 in that book. 3. Morphy would crush any opponent who played such a move against him, as he would then even have the liberty to easily play 2.f4
Apr-22-04  Lawrence: <Inspired>, what's this then? Morphy vs T W Barnes, 1858
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  InspiredByMorphy: <BLD9801> <Lawrence> : I apologize. Thank you for the game, I had not seen it yet. I should look a little more before opening my mouth, as I could have found it through the opening explorer. Sorry BLD, thanks Lawrence.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <Lawrence> Regarding the game you provided, do you think Morphy would have had better results with 2.f4 ?
Apr-23-04  Lawrence: <Inspired>, looks like Morphy played the right move. See evaluations at the other game page.
Oct-09-04  LIFE Master AJ: Please check out this link:

The game is close annotated. Please send me an e-mail, and tell me what you think.

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  Averageguy: A brilliant game by Morphy. LMAJ does a very good analysis of this game on his web page.
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  sneaky pete: <Barnes could do little after Ne5.> He could have tried 13.Bg5 .. as suggested by Sergeant. After 13... Nxf3+ 14.gxf3 Qxg5 15.fxg4 .. however 15... 0-0-0 and if 16.cxd4 h5 looks very strong.
Jul-19-06  notyetagm: A brilliant example of the <Morhpy/Pillsbury Mating Pattern>, with the bishop on the long diagonal a8-h1 and the rook on the open g-file.
Mar-19-07  SirBruce: Actually, Barnes went wrong with 13.Bxa8. I played a Barnes personality in Chessmaster today, where I had trimmed opening books where Barnes blundered. Instead of 13.Bxa8, Chessmaster came up with 13.Bg5, which equalized the position. After 13...Qxg5 14.Nxg5 Bxd1 15.Bxa8 Be2 16.cxd4 Bxf1 17.Rxf1, things looked very even.
Dec-25-07  nimh: Rybka 2.3.1 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Barnes 6 mistakes:
11.Nxf6+ 0.04 (11.cxd4 0.78)
13.Bxa8 -2.36 (13.Bg5 0.05)
16.Qg5 -4.51 (16.Bc6+ -2.27)
18.Qxf6+ -4.78 (18.Rb1 -2.83)
23.axb5 -5.59 (23.Kf1 -4.35)
27.Rf1 #4 (27.Ra3 -3.36)

Morphy 3 mistakes:
17...Ke7 -2.83 (17...Kf8 -4.56)
22...Bb6 -4.35 (22...Bc3 -5.93)
26...Rg6 -3.36 (26...Rg2+ -6.33)

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  sneaky pete: Sergeant, Morphy's Games of Chess, page 246:
"... published in <Brentano>, December 1881, where it is said to have been taken from the first number of a new German magazine, <Vom Fels zum Meer>."

Sergeant, Morphy Gleanings, page 107:
"This game is put by Lange and Maroczy in the appendix, indicating their doubts as to its genuineness. Mlotkowski shares their doubts, saying it is too good not to have been published at the time, instead of years later. Mason and J.G. Cunningham (B.C.M., August and September, 1893) argue vigorously and conclusively against its authenticity."

Dec-04-14  Ke2: amazing game
Jan-06-16  Joker2048: Morphy is crazy!!!
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