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Hugh Alexander Kennedy vs James Swain Mucklow
London (1851), London ENG, rd 3, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Morphy Gambit (B21)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: What makes this game a Morphy Gambit? It can't surely be the sequence 7. e5 Qa5+ 8. Nc3 Qxe5+ 9.Be2.?

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I can hardly imagine Morphy playing <that>.

Anyway, Mucklow loses his extra pawn and then he loses another. Then ...

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33...Rh7? 34.Rxe4!ΔRg3.

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From here on Kennedy plays the last 10 moves faultlessly.

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  Breunor: It took me a little while to figure out why black can't take the rook on 34, and after staring at it, I finally figured it out and then saw Offramp had posted it!

Clearly 34 ... Rh7 is the loser, I guess if he plays 34 .... Rg7 instead he is OK.

Feb-07-17  Granny O Doul: I'm guessing 4. Bc4 is what makes it a "Morphy Gambit", though I'd never heard of it. I defer though to whomsoever chooses to look it up.
Feb-08-17  JonathanJ: The Morphy gambit is
1.e4 c5
2.d4 cxd4
usually followed by e5 where the pawn cannot be taken because of Qa5+.
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  perfidious: <JonathanJ: The Morphy gambit is 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Nf3 usually followed by e5 where the pawn cannot be taken because of Qa5+.>

I know a good player who <did> snatch that pawn long ago and came to grief.

Feb-08-17  Calli: The opening name probably derives from Morphy vs J L Preti, 1858
Mar-17-17  JonathanJ: <perfidious> The most famous game with this opening is actually a white win: Shumov vs Jaenisch, 1851

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