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|Dec-30-05|| ||DeepBlade: This is the first game I will show my kid, dont develop your Queen reckless.
Also, you can let him play agains an chess-computer, it will punish him too, but not as stylish as Morphy.|
About the game:
After the 1st Queen Chase (move 5 till 11) you can see the gigantic lead in development. Two Knights planted in the center, with an Rook (actualy unusual developed, but I will explain later) in the center ring.
Now in the middlegame, we see the burden which Black carries with him all the game long. No matter what threat he makes, Morphy answers with an greater threat, which is called ''zwischenzug''.
The idea of the Queen exchange, with the protected (by the Knight on f7) pawncheck, opening an rank for the Rook. After the Queen exchange everything is forced. The combo of 20.Be3+ c5 21.Bxc5+ (defended by the Rook on g6), is so beautyful to look at.
|Jan-11-06|| ||yoshi927: This is one of the greatest Morphy games I've ever seen. First he flawlessly chases the queen around the board for 6 moves, then he trades queens and chases the king around till mate.|
|Jan-12-06|| ||morpstau: Yes your right yoshi but his established opponent was past his prime and indeed older. But that doesnt take anything away from the incredibly young Morphy!|
|Jan-12-06|| ||morpstau: The opening is odd does anyone know this defense to the Kings knight move 2?|
|Jan-12-06|| ||aw1988: 2...Qf6 isn't exactly classified as an opening by itself, it is merely an amateur try to bring out the most powerful pieces first - of course, you should not often do this, as it can be attacked and you can either lose development or the queen. Qf6 really should be avoided. One pretty trap is e4 e5 Nf3 Qf6 Bc4 Qg6 O-O Qxe4 Bxf7, where Kxf7 is met by Ng5.|
|Jan-14-06|| ||DeepBlade: Chase my Queen until its Christmas.|
|Feb-28-06|| ||whatthefat: This game is massively overrated, and that's not a criticism of Morphy. His opponent is simply lost by the 7th move. And you can't tell me that if you gave the position after black's 11th move (with the gaping hole on d6) to any reasonably strong club player, that he couldn't finish just as efficiently.|
Morphy was a great player, but here he didn't need to be.
|Feb-28-06|| ||blingice: <whatthefat> It's pretty difficult to rip someone apart that fast, so that's why everyone loves this game, including me. The mating net is also very precise, where one missed move would allow black some recovery.|
|Feb-28-06|| ||whatthefat: <blingice>
I don't agree. The fact is, Morphy was never behind in material, and black's moves are almost all forced (usually by check). I just don't see how this game showcases the genius of Morphy when half of the players in the database could have ripped black's play apart. Compare to Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 where Morphy again decimates some patzer-play, and there's considerably more ingenuity involved.
|Feb-28-06|| ||blingice: <whatthefat> You're kind of contradicting, you are saying that this McConnell is a n00b, and anyone could beat him with the way he played. Then you go and cite Rousseau as a "patzer" who Morphy ripped apart with a little more style. As I said, the mating net is very precise in this game, so that is why people like it, and people enjoy seeing another person soundly beat another person.|
|Feb-28-06|| ||whatthefat: I'm not contradictory, and nor am I saying he is "a n00b". He certainly plays the opening like one, and after <that> there's no helping him. I said that this "mating net" is not difficult. It's actually very easy, and white has many ways to win. In the other game, white actually does require some precision at a few points. Here, playing from white's 12th move, there isn't a single nonobvious move, IMO.|
|Mar-01-06|| ||SBC: I've made weak moves and/or blundered in openings against very stong players and got ripped apart as a result, but no one ever did it with such orchestated elegance as 12 year old Morphy demonstrates in this games vs McConnell.|
|Mar-01-06|| ||JustAFish: For some reason I find this game absolutely hilarious.|
|Apr-08-06|| ||midknightblue: LOL! This is one of morphy's worst games ever. 13. NF5 is absolutely horrible. Morphy nearly posted a loss against a patzer here.|
|Jul-09-06|| ||RookFile: Ok, so the boy overlooked 13... Qb4+
in reply to 13. Nf5, and basically 13. Nd6+ instead wins. I guess anybody can make a mistake.
|Sep-29-06|| ||blakjak: omg that was genius! for ten moves TEN morphy wouldnt let blakc get his rook and took his queen and exposedhis king in only ten moves 12-22|
|Dec-19-06|| ||thegoodanarchist: Well, everyone has a right to criticize this game, but it is still a good example of how development of the pieces is important in chess.|
In the final position, White has 4 developed pieces, and black has only developed his king!
|May-31-08|| ||DeltaHawk: Why the hell isn't this game of the day?|
|Oct-03-08|| ||GrahamClayton: <aw1988>2...Qf6 isn't exactly classified as an opening by itself, it is merely an amateur try to bring out the most powerful pieces first.|
2...f6 is called the Greco Defence by Schiller and Benjamin.
Source: "Unorthodox Openings", Eric Schiller and Joel Benjamin, Batsford, 1987
|Jan-24-09|| ||WhiteRook48: 2...Qf6?? Black played like a patzer to bring out the Q early.|
|May-18-09|| ||blacksburg: black played like a patzer, but that doesn't mean the game isn't pretty and instructive.|
|Jul-31-09|| ||tentsewang: In Morphy's world of chess, everything is about connectivity and placing part of his soul as his adversary for prediction which usher him to be called "the king of the chess" in our known universe.|
|Jul-31-09|| ||tentsewang: If the black had accepted the free pawn on e5 and played 13...Qxe5, Morphy had played 14.Nd6+ Kd8 15.Rxe5. This displays an excellent strategy and if not this then he also had plan through it. Genious!|
|Mar-29-11|| ||Llawdogg: 13 Nf5?? is a rare Morphy blunder, but McConnell doesn't make him pay. 13 Nd6+ would have been better, but it didn't matter after all. The rest of the game was vintage Morphy at a very young age.|
|Feb-11-13|| ||Aditya Bhan: Black was too terrorized to notice Morphy's blunder on move 13 - another example of Morphy's adeptness at winning psychological battles even against more experienced opposition.|
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