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Paul Morphy vs Thomas Wilson Barnes
Casual Game (1858), London ENG
Philidor Defense: Morphy Gambit (C41)  ·  1-0


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Oct-05-04  Whitehat1963: Morphy was so far ahead of his competition that he could take practically any opening and win. Here's an example of what I mean. 4. Bc4 is rare in high-level play (perhaps not so rare then as it is now, of course), but here's Morphy trotting it out and making it work for him as if it were the latest theory.
Oct-05-04  Whitehat1963: To me, at least, this looks like brilliant calculating on Morphy's part. Not all that exciting, no really startling sacrifices, but wide open and always dangerous! Simple, subtle, effective finish!
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  acirce: It helps if your opponent makes moves like 5..d3...
Oct-05-04  Whitehat1963: Good point. If you're going to move the pawn, why not take c3? At least you're getting something since you're going to lose it anyway.
Oct-05-04  Minor Piece Activity: Barnes was most likely thinking about this line in the Center Counter which is similar to what he played in the Philidor. (1 e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 d3!?) The hope is that 3...d3!? will counter-sacrifice a pawn and leave white with no real initiative. The idea is that by sacrificing the pawn instead of taking on c3, you keep the knight from developing normally (now usually forced to head to d2.)
Oct-05-04  Whitehat1963: How would a computer evaluate the position after 11...0-0? Black has his pieces developed and has castled. Morphy hasn't touched his queenside and hasn't castled either.
Dec-01-05  Chopin: <siu02jm> <Morphy was so far ahead of his competition that he could take practically any opening and win> I agree. Not only that, he could perhaps have beaten most people with odds.
May-06-07  wolfmaster: Rather strange. After move 11, Morphy has two pieces out and Barnes has all of his out.
Jun-23-16  talhal20: This is reference to whitehat 1963.I believe Morphy played with better logic than computer generates.
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