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Samuel Standidge Boden vs Paul Morphy
London (England) (1858)  ·  Bishop's Opening: Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Annotations by Eric Schiller.      [184 more games annotated by E Schiller]

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May-05-09  hidude: Boden was a pretty strong player for his time, how could he miss an in-between move?
Dec-03-11
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  Infohunter: From this game I tentatively conclude (with much assistance from Mr. Schiller's annotations!) that 5...c6 is a viable alternative for Black to the standard 5...f6. Chances were had, and let go, by both players here. So I wonder why no one else of high standing has tried it since Morphy?
Dec-03-11
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  FSR: <Infohunter> I'm not sure why we don't see more of 5...c6. It is considered an easy equalizer for Black. 5...f6 is a better try if Black is playing for a win, but Black had better know exactly what he is doing or he will get smashed. 4...Nc6!? is also a good move (arguably the best line for Black), transposing to 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4?! Nxe4! Opening Explorer
Dec-03-11  King Death: <Infohunter> and <FSR> This variation isn't something I ever used to play, but 5...c6 seems to take all of the fun out of it for White. I'd probably just play 3...Nc6 or 4...Nc6 though.
Jun-23-12  e4 resigns: I wondered if Morphy got bored when he wasn't attacking.
Aug-26-12  prithviraj: its a draw.... if white plays 42. c3 then black replies with h5

and if white plays 42. h3 then to black replies with h5...

Sep-14-14  Ke2: If h5, you take and it's an easy win, the main idea being ra7 at the right moment. Black gets 2 passers but you can throw your king in front to slow them down.

This is sort of a sign of weak endgame understanding, zugzwang etc. in that swashbuckling time. Either that or Morphy's trickiness as he might have seen the win.


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