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Paul Morphy vs Alexander Beaufort Meek
"White Castle Slider" (game of the day Apr-27-12)
New York (1857)  ·  Benoni Defense: Franco-Sicilian Defense (A43)  ·  1-0
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Jul-24-05  Anatooly Homedepotov: Judge meek certainly got off to a great start using the French Defense against Morphy, who was usually at his best in open games starting 1. e4 e5. Closed positions generally left him uncomfortable and uninspired. He mistakenly liked to exchange pawns in the French after 1. e4, e6; 2. d4, d5; 3. exd5, exd5; which simply frees up Black's Queen Bishop.

Meek obviously should have gone for 2. ... d5!

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  Caissanist: Or he could have tried 3...Nf6, which is a Modern Benoni. Possibly he decided against that variation because it didn't exist yet ;-).
Aug-10-05  Averageguy: Morphy seems very good at obtaining winning positions with by castling queenside when he has a bishop on b5 pinning a knight on d7. See his game against Duke Karl/Count Isourd.
Aug-10-05  RookFile: Meek played fine, except that 10... Be7 is a blunder. Play 10... Bd6 instead, and black has a reasonable position.
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  Gypsy: <who: what if 12...a6, and if Bxd7 Kxd7> 12...a6 13.Bxd7+ Kxd7 14.Rxd6+ Kxd6 15.Rd1+...

And if 12...a6 13.Bxd7+ Qxd7, then 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Qxf6 R~ 16.Rxd6...

<Chessical: <Who> Morphy would still win a piece after <12...h6> 13.Bxd7+ Qxd7 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Qxf6 > And White could also answer the <12...h6> with the sequence 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Qxf6 gxf6 15.Rxd6...

Feb-28-06  blingice: This opening should be tried in The Hague.
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  Jim Bartle: I'm sorry. Alexander Beaufort Meek never existed. He was invented by P.G. Wodehouse, a buddy of Gussie Mannering-Phipps.
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  heuristic: <obtaining winning positions by castling queenside when a bishop is on b5> wonder if that's the rationale behind 9.Nc3. this move seems weak compared to 9.0-0 or Qg3 or even Na3.

and if BLK had responded stronger to this move, 9...a6 or Qe7 or even Qh4+, the game would be equal.

BLK's disasterous 10...Be7 seems to be a simple oversight. Against any "normal" developing move by WHT, it's not too bad.

Apr-27-12  sevenseaman: <12. 0-0-0> What a charmer of a move! Puts a winning spin on things!
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  al wazir: 12...Qe7. Now what?

If 13. Rxd6 Qxd6 14. Rd1, then 14...Qxd1+ 15. Qxd1 O-O-O. Even with ♖+♖+♘+♘+♙ vs. ♕+♗+♗ I wouldn't want to face Morphy in this position, but it isn't an obvious loss.

If 13. Nd5, then 13...Qe6 14. Nc7+ Bxc7 15. Bxf6 Qxf6 16. Qxf6 (16. Rxd7 Bd8 18. Rxb1+ Kf8) gxf6 17. Rxd7 Ba5 18. Rb7+ Kf8. Material is even with oppositely colored ♗s, but black's position is awful.

Apr-27-12  sneaky pete: <al wazir> If 12... Qe7 13.Nd5 Qe6 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Nxf6+ ..
Apr-27-12  ninja warrior: morphy has always been my favorite player... love how he crushes black like a bug in 12 moves here. =D
Apr-27-12  newzild: <sneaky pete: <al wazir> If 12... Qe7 13.Nd5 Qe6 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Nxf6+>

Yes, Black is utterly toast after 12...Qe7. We could take the variation further:

13. Nd5 Qe6
14. Bxf6 gxf6
15. Nxf6+ Ke7
16. Bxd7 Qxf6
17. Qxf6+ Kxf6
18. Rxd6+

And White has won a clear piece.

Apr-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Great game by P.C.M! :)


Apr-27-12  master of defence: And what happens after 12... Be7? I didnīt see a good continuation for white here.
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  keypusher: <master of defence: And what happens after 12... Be7? I didnīt see a good continuation for white here.>

13.Bxf6 and 14.Rxd7 looks good to me.

Apr-27-12  MindCtrol9: There was no way with Morphy!!!! He was out of time like Fischer.I wondering if the actual best players of the World could handle his imagination.
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  kevin86: Morphy was just about to pick his opponent apart-when rudely,he resigned.
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  al wazir: <newzild, sneaky pete>: Thanks.
Apr-27-12  bischopper: morphy to make sleep and when you wake bye my friend where do you are?...
Apr-27-12  Marmot PFL: White's position after move 12 is similar to this better known game Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
Jun-15-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Morphy vs A Meek, 1857.
Your score: 24 (par = 19)


Nov-19-12  Llawdogg: What a party pooper!
Nov-19-14  Ke2: remember kids, in the opening, complete your development then castle (they resign when you castle)
Nov-19-14  Ke2: clearest after Qe7 is simply Bxf6 followed by Nd5. but black is completely crushed with basically any legal move so its moot
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