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Paul Morphy vs NN
New Orleans (1848), New Orleans, LA USA
King Pawn Game: General (C20)  ·  1-0


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Jan-11-06  morpstau: Ive never seen 2. h3 and indeed it is weak on account black can easily eualize or steal the advantage. But when you are Paul Morphy you can give queen odds at any age and still mate your opponent in less than 20 moves.
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  thegoodanarchist: 2.h3 is great! Not only could Morphy get all his minors developed and his king castled in less than 10 moves, he also demonstrates in this game that he understands prophylaxis! Perhaps Nimzovich and T. Petrosian were aficianados of Morphy ;-)
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  heuristic: Bxf6 one move earlier:
17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Qh5 Bc8 19.f4

if paul was older:
16.Nxh6+ Kh7 (16...gxh6 17.Bxf6 Nxc4 18.g3!; 16...Kh8 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Qh5 Kg7 19.Nf5+) 17.f4 Nxc4 18.Qd3+ Kh8 19.Bxf6 Bxf4 20.Nf5

Mar-22-08  InspiredByMorphy: 7. ...b5 8.Nxb5 axb5 9.Bxb5+ and I don't see why black shouldn't win. In whites defense Morphy was only 11, and probably was unfamiliar at the time with this type of trap. I bet he studied the game afterwards and realized it as I haven't seen a game of his yet where he gets his bishop trapped in a similar fashion.
Mar-22-08  sneaky pete: If 7... b5 8.Ne4 Be7 9.d6.. or 8... Bb6/Bd6 9.Qf3 .. looks interesting.
Mar-25-08  InspiredByMorphy: <sneaky pete> After 7. ...b5 8.Ne4 Be7 9.d6

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This is actually better for white than I initially thought. A sample continuation could be 9. ...Bxd6 10.Qf3 Be7

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Now white has a move that just looks like desperation but is not

11.Bxb5 and if 11. ...cxb5 12.Nxf6+ gxf6 13.Qxa8

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Fritz 8 gives this position an evaluation of +0.88 favoring white! So strange how leaving the bishop trapped can be a playable variation for white. Interesting how easy it was to misinterpret the initial position after 7. ...b5 . In a nutshell white focuses on development, while black pushes too many pawns in the opening. Not too far a stretch from some of his less formidable opponents.

Apr-07-08  Xeeniner: Doesn't 4. ...Bxf2+ 5. Kxf2 Qh4+ offer black the advantage?
Apr-07-08  Judah: ^Objectively, maybe, but it also gives White a few tempos as he kicks Black's Queen around while developing, and an open f-file. For Morphy against NN, I think that would be plenty of compensation.
Apr-07-08  InspiredByMorphy: <Xeeniner> Yes.
Jan-10-09  WhiteRook48: wow, I didn't notice the b3-Bishop pinning f pawn.
Jan-30-09  Gmonster: Here's a newbie questions...what does 'NN' stand for?
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  Calli: Click on the NN for "his" page.
Jan-30-09  Nina Myers: 'NN' stand for <noob noodle>
Jan-30-09  Gmonster: I guess NN means anonymous or unknown? Or does it specifically mean an 'amateur' player?
Jan-31-09  MaxxLange: <GMonster> that's about the size of it, yea

often it is used amateur vs. master games

Oct-17-09  WhiteRook48: 2 h3 is weird from Morphy
Sep-26-11  skcin: Someone posted that, in effect morphy's opponents were so weak there wasn't much to learn. I suggest studying his losses, in these cases his opponents were good in these games and you learn how to defeat a morphy.
May-11-12  blazerdoodle: Hence from now on, 1.e4 e5 2.h3 will be called the noob noodle dispatcher attack.
May-12-12  ajile: I've always thought NN stands for "No Name"

An amateur who is not named in a game and usually loses spectacularly to a known master.

Jan-02-14  Oliveira: A nice finish. Again.
Jan-28-16  juanhernandez: good game !!!
Jan-28-16  juanhernandez: The end is near after Qh5.
Jun-01-16  avt123: 4.... Bf2 5.Kf2 Qh4+ 6.g3 Qc4 is good for Black.
Jul-19-16  CaringLuv: 16...Bxf5 is stronger for Black. It gets rid of White's dangerous Knight on f5. In fact, Black lost quickly because he left White's Knight on f5. With White's Qh5 and the Knight on f5, it was all over
Oct-28-16  romancitog: Nice....
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