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|Mar-23-05|| ||LIFE Master AJ: According to a former chess student, whose Dad teaches economics at a major college, 100 pounds then would have the buying power of nearly $100,000.00. (Back in 1858, you could buy a pair of shoes for two-pence.) |
Another way of looking at it is that if you invested 100 pounds into a bank in 1858, today it would be worth several million dollars. So 100 pounds was more than the average person could save in a lifetime.
|Mar-23-05|| ||Sneaky: Back then, "one pound sterling" meant "one pound of sterling silver", so if you could imagine a sack of silver coins of all different sizes and weights, if that bag weighed 100 pounds, that's what you're looking at. |
|Mar-23-05|| ||LIFE Master AJ: <sneaky>
I believe you are correct, but can you offer a reference or a link to substantiate what you just said? (I looked in a encyclopedia, and could neither prove nor disprove what you just said.)
|Mar-23-05|| ||Steppenwolf: 47 Kh4 is an obvious draw for white. Black cant get in and moving on the other wing will let Morphy pick up the central pawns. Therefore drawn. |
|Mar-23-05|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Instead of 48.Kf2?, K to g4 and h4, (for all infinity); was an easy draw.
See the annotations of this game in any book or the CD-ROM from ChessBase. |
|Jan-10-06|| ||morpstau: lifemaster you seem to be right and i think morphy must have been day dreaming about some hot broads back then. He obviously forgot that pawns can move likewise. (any comments)|
|Apr-06-06|| ||LIFE Master AJ: <morpstau>
Morphy was one of the most accurate players of all time.
Having said this, he also played chess when the game was just becoming modern, Morphy's principles - as illustrated by his play - REVOLUTIONIZED chess as we know it.
Having said all this, it looks like Morphy just lost his line of concentration ... I don't think he was as focused when the ending was being played. (Sloppy technique?)
|Apr-11-06|| ||jakaiden: According to Basic Chess Endings(Fine) White must play 30. Kh3! to save the tempo, and after 30...g5 31. fxg6+ Kxg6 32. Kh4, etc. white wins.|
|Apr-19-06|| ||LIFE Master AJ: <jakaiden>
47.Kf3? is wrong, 47.Kh4 is an easy draw ... and I don't need a computer for this. Further, there are probably a dozen improvements to White's play in this endgame.
51.Kg1?? was completely the wrong idea, Black won by seizing the DISTANT OPPOSITION with 51...Kg5.
|Apr-19-06|| ||CapablancaFan: <LIFE Master AJ>< 47.Kf3? is wrong, 47.Kh4 is an easy draw> Correct. Don't know what Morphy was thinking.|
|Apr-20-06|| ||LIFE Master AJ: I have found dozens of minor miscues in this game. 10.0-0!? might be inaccurate ... Black could have played ...Ng4 and gained the Bishop pair. |
I could go on, but I trust you get the point.
|Mar-06-07|| ||Judah: I must be making some mistake, but wouldn't 35 Kh7 be the natural move to play?|
|Apr-02-07|| ||beatgiant: <Judah>
On 35. Kh7 Kf7, Black can shuffle his king between f7 and f8, and the result is an immediate draw. In this ending, Morphy was trying a little too hard for a win.
|Apr-05-07|| ||Judah: Ah, thanks.|
|Aug-10-07|| ||frank124c: When I was being taught to play by "Chessmaster" Richie--who by the way is the star of a YouTube video--I was told that one should play for a draw. This game proves that he was right, at least in some instances, because here we see Morphy, the Master who is worshipped above all other chess masters, play for a win when the position was drawn and thus he lost. He aspired to the stars but in this instance he crashed and burned. Alas such is chess a cruel, cruel game.|
|May-21-09|| ||NewLine: Puns are overrated. <Yawn>|
|May-21-09|| ||PolishPentium: "Newline": Au contraire.^^ Puns are punderful. As a friend used to say: "No punishment if 'no pun ish meant'"...Heheh.|
Back to chess. To be honest, PP was / is shocked that Morphy lost this. As LifeMaster AJ implies at various points above, there were several surprising inaccuracies in his play throughout the game. Highly atypical, it seems...
|May-21-09|| ||Marmot PFL: hard to believe this was a match game. Morphy usually played better blindfold games than this.|
|May-21-09|| ||randomsac: Great endgame maneuvering with a very bad pun.|
|May-21-09|| ||tatarch: <jakaiden: According to Basic Chess Endings(Fine) White must play 30. Kh3! to save the tempo, and after 30...g5 31. fxg6+ Kxg6 32. Kh4, etc. white wins.>|
Thanks for pointing that out, very instructional.
|May-21-09|| ||playground player: Beating Morphy with the Philidor--way to go, JJ!
I've been using the Philidor more and more, lately--even though one of the first things I was ever taught in chess was, "Don't play the Philidor, it's weak, it cramps Black's game," etc. I've never had much trouble beating the Philidor, but now I find it's winning a disproportionate number of games for me as Black.
It's well worth while to study Morphy's games as Black with the Philidor. Far from cramping his style, he used it as a fearsome weapon which provided him with opportunities to seize the initiative early in the game.
|May-21-09|| ||kevin86: For the winner here,it was slamming the dunk on LeBron or MJ (in his prime).Loewenthal upsets Morphy!!|
An elongated pawn game-with the last nonpawn disappearing on move 26. In fact at that time,there were fourteen pawns and two kings.
|May-21-09|| ||lisbon67: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va_N...|
|May-21-09|| ||drpoundsign: Morph should taken the rook on the back rank and made check in the process no??|
|May-21-09|| ||shalgo: <drpoundsign> <Morph should taken the rook on the back rank and made check in the process no??>|
I assume you mean that he should have played 23.xd8+. But Black would have played 23...xd8 24.xc5 d1+ 25.f2 xc2+ followed by capturing the bishop on c5.
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