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Paul Morphy vs Augustus Mongredien
Blindfold simul, 8b (1859), London ENG, Apr-13
Sicilian Defense: General (B20)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  InspiredByMorphy: Morphy missed a winning move with 21.Qd5 but I could see how he could make an over aggressive move such as 21.Qxd6 when his opponent played so defensively and passive. 21. Qd5 Bxb2 22. Rab1 ( now black cant play 23. ... b6 becuase of 24.Qxc6+ ) ... Bd4+ 23. Kh1 Rc8 24. f6 Qxf6 25. Bxd6 wins the queen. Threats of mate are to near to defend adequately. It seems to me that blacks only grim hope in reply to 21.Qd5 is h3 The best moves I can find for black are in the following variation, and black cant last ten moves more after 21.Qd5

21. Qd5 h3 22. Rad1 Bxb2 23. Bf3 Bd4+ 24. Kh1 Ne7 25. Qxb7 Rb8 26. Qxa7 hxg2+ to prepare to castle. 27. Bxg2 O-O 28. Rxd4! sacrificing the exchange trading a rook for bishop, but this prevents the bishop from interposing with whites next move. cxd4 29. Bg5 pinning the queen. ... Nc6 attacking whites queen. 30. Bxc6 Qxg5 31. f6! Black can now resign.

If 31. ... gxf6 32. Rg1 wins the queen. If 31. ... Rxf6 32.Qxb6 wins a rook, and mates soon after. The only reply which keeps black in the game is sacrificing the queen with 31. ... Qf6 32. Rxf6

Apr-19-06  blingice: An unusual Morphy game: no shocking early out-of-book traps, no sacrifices, a wacky defense to the Sicilian, no big attack, drawing in a mundane position, etc.
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  mifralu: The game continued <27. Bf4 Rh8>, and now 28. Rd3 Na5 29. Rc1

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