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Johann Jacob Loewenthal vs Paul Morphy
Morphy - Loewenthal (1858), London ENG, rd 5, Jul-26
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0


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Jul-06-05  Poulsen: L÷wenthal beating up Morphy quiet convincingly - with tactical means in a half-open game!

At first 25.-,Qc2? seemed to me a terrible blunder. It should not have been hard for Morphy to see L÷wenthals response.

But how should black counter the threath 26.Ne6? Both 25.-,Qd6 and 25.-,Qe7 falls to 26.f4! And 25.-,Ng4?? 26.Rxe8,Qxf2 is horrible.

Maybe the real error is 20.-,Qc5 - 20.-,Qb6 is seems more safe - comments?

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  tamar: It almost looks like Morphy thought 20...Qc5 required Lowenthal to defend the d5 pawn.

My question is after 21 Qe2 Nxb3 22 axb3 why isn't 22...Qxd5 playable?

Jul-10-05  aw1988: <tamar> There's Ne6, either forking both rooks or just getting the knight to a dominating position.
Jul-10-05  mymt: 22. ...Qxd5 23.Ne6 Rde8 24.Nxc7 Rxe2 25.Nxd5 Rxe1 26.Rxe1 - is that any good for Black?
Jul-10-05  aw1988: Nxc7 drops a queen.
Jul-10-05  aw1988: Sorry, I mean in your line Qxd5 Ne6 Rde8 Nxc5 Rxe2 white plays Rxe2 and is a rook up. Doesn't work.
Jul-10-05  sneaky pete: <aw1988> After 22... Qxd5 23.Ne6 Rde8 there is no black Queen to be captured on c5 anymore. Quite annoying, isn't it?
Jul-10-05  aw1988: Sorry.
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  tamar: <aw1988> <There's Ne6, either forking both rooks or just getting the knight to a dominating position.> Exactly what would have happened I think.

22...Qxd5 23 Ne6 Rde8 24 Qc4

Morphy probably assessed this as favoring White, although it is not clear to me that it is lost for Black.

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  tamar: Despite fine performances like this one, L÷wenthal was the Rodney Dangerfield of chess through most of his career.

Chessmetrics has him as either # 2 or # 3 in the world at this time sharing or alternating with Anderssen, but Morphy hardly seems focussed on him as a serious contender. He was still pursuing the match with Staunton.

Jan-10-06  morpstau: morphy was ready and willing to trash up staunton but the latter was to afraid and hid behind his poems.
Jan-10-06  szunzein: Which was a pity; Fischer thought that that match would have been very interesting, and not so "onesided"
Jan-11-06  morpstau: No Fischer was wrong and the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Firstly, Staunton was older and well past his prime therefore would have lost hands down. That is why he baffled Morphys kind invitations with prickly and poumpous reamrks such as..." please give me another 2 to 4 weeks to brush up on my openimgs ". We know this to be absurd do to the simple fact Morphy and likewise us today know Staunton to be a well developed expert in the opening field of the royal game.
Jan-11-06  Ziggurat: <the proof is in the pudding> You don't know what this expression means, do you.
Jan-11-06  morpstau: it is what it is
Apr-24-06  zev22407: Fine game by Lowental in the long ending of this game creating pressure against the pinned knight and blacks pawns on the queen side.
Jul-15-11  DrMAL: < Fischer thought that that match would have been very interesting, and not so "onesided"> Fischer also said Morphy was the best player ever -- before he was certifiably insane.
Jan-23-16  joddon: most exciting game ever...should be game of the millenium.....morphy has some clear chance to capitalise on his pawns but cant quite come up with anything in particular....blacks pieces do a great job on covering squares like g7 and g8 but thats clearly not good enough....... a fully transposed game where each side is trying to gain opportunities in the center...i must admit and say both side were armed with heavy tactics...especially from moves 22-28.....any blunder would have been a devestating blow to the games articulate design!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! applaud for both players regardless of who won!
May-18-16  talhal20: lowenthal for once played great.
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