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Louis Paulsen vs Paul Morphy
1st American Chess Congress (1857), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Nov-05
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation (C47)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This is the last of the Morphy-Paulsen games to be annotated on the site, so I guess I can claim first.

Paul shows his pawn-grabbing side in this one. Ironically, Paulsen drops a pawn *because* he has a lead in development in a symmetrical position!

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  sneaky pete: "Zuletzt hatte ich noch gegen den unüberwindlichen Morphy zu kämpfen. Anfangs hielt ich mich sehr gut; ... aber dan wurde ich rasch besiegt und verlor vier Partien nach der Reihe. Mr Morphy ist jedenfalls ein besserer Spieler als ich jetzt bin, doch hätte ich ihm weit mehr zu thun gemacht, wenn ich nicht während der vier letzten Partien an einem starken Schnupfen gelitten hätte. Ausser den fünf Partien mit Morphy habe ich keine Partie im Turniere verloren." Paulsen in a letter to his brother, published in the Schachzeitung, 1858, dug up bij Kaissiber, issue 20, 2005. So the poor man lost the last 4 games of the match because he was suffering from a severe cold. Familiar, isn't it?
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  euripides: <So the poor man lost the last 4 games of the match because he was suffering from a severe cold> Yes, misrepresentation of players' interviews is indeed a familiar phenomenon. Of course Paulsen actually said that he would have given Morphy much more to do if he hadn't had a cold.
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  Calli: Chess excuse #18 -- Ich habe eine Schnupfen und ...

Paulsen does say Morphy is better than him, so I'll give him a break on that the excuse. unüberwindlichen Morphy -> the insurmountable Morphy

<sneaky pete> great! Thanks for posting that one! Goes into my file.

Jul-23-06  waddayaplay: For those who don't know German, I'll do a quick translation (don't expect it to be perfect, but you'll get the message).

"In the end I had to fight against the undefeatable ("insurmountable ") Morphy. In the beginning I managed rather well; ... but then I was hastily defeated and lost four games in a row. Mr Morphy is anyhow a better player than me, but I should have been able to give him more resistance, had I not suffered a severe cold in the four last games. Except the five games lost to Morphy, I did not lose any games in the tournament. "

Apr-14-07  wolfmaster: I have one word to say to Paulsen: Gezundheit!
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  heuristic: This is game 8 of the final round of the 1st American Chess Congress
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  heuristic: 22...c5 23.f4 (23.Bxd5 Rad8 24.Bxd8 Rxd8) 23...c4 24.Ba2 b4 and BLK wins the B

after 25.c3, WHT is lost (and 21.a3 was the weak move that started the decline)

but 26...c4 27.Bg5 Ra2 28.Rc1 Rea8 looks better than game

and 27...c4 28.Bb1 Re2 29.Kg1 Rb8 looks better than game

Nov-20-16  CaringLuv: 30.Bxc2 Rxc1+ 32.Bxc1 Ra1 and White's dark-squared bishop is lost.
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