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Paul Morphy vs Adolf Anderssen
Casual game (1858), Paris FRA, Dec-29
King's Gambit: Accepted. Hanstein Gambit (C38)  ·  1-0



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Dec-02-03  InspiredByMorphy: Can you imagine the look on Anderssens face on move 16, as his play clearly shows his frustration. Morphy is attacking his king from both sides. I love it!
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  Honza Cervenka: Some of games of Anderssen with Morphy were played very poorly by Anderssen. I don't understand why black did not play natural 8...h6.
Dec-03-03  InspiredByMorphy: Im guessing Morphy may have played 9. g3 g4 10. Bxf4 gxf3 11. Rxf3 That would have definitely been an interesting game!
Dec-03-03  Calli: <Honza> One explanation is that this was not a match game. Its one of several quick offhand games played after the match ended. I think six games in all were played on the day after the match ended. The match had eleven games.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Calli> This is really one of those quick offhand games, but Anderssen played very bad some of "serious" games too. See for example Morphy vs Adolf Anderssen, 1858 or Morphy vs Adolf Anderssen, 1858

<> According to my book of games of Paul Morphy the gamescore includes also 19...Ke6 20.Qb3+ (1-0)

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  Benzol: I have two books on Morphy's games. The Dover one by Philip W Sergeant has the game score as here. The other book by English GM Chris Ward says that 19...Ke6;20.Qb3+ 1-0. was what happened. So which one is correct?
Dec-04-03  Calli: Since this was an offhand game, maybe no one really knows. A player like Anderssen, however, is likely to see Qb3 and resign the move before. Then someone added Qb3 by way of explanation and soon it became part of the game. This is just a guess, however.
Feb-18-05  Mate Hunter: Why did Anderssen play 16...a5?
Feb-18-05  Saruman: The ending 19.♖f7+ ♔e6 20.♖f6+! ♔xf6 21.e5+ is quite pretty.
Feb-18-05  aw1988: <Honza> Also note it was not in Anderssen's general style (perhaps he did it once in a while, I don't know). He was a big attacker.
Feb-19-05  sneaky pete: <Saruman> 19.Rf7+ Ke6 20.Rf6+ .. isn't pretty, it's clumsy when 20.Qb3+ .. forces mate next move.

Sergeant's book doesn't say "19.R-B7ch (Black) resigns" but "19.R-B7ch, and wins", so most likely 19... Ke6 20.Qb3+ .. was actually played.

Feb-19-05  Saruman: <sneaky pete> True, I guess that its not a good idea to post my 3 sec evaluations here...
Oct-31-05  CowardlyKnight: Anderssen must had been drunk...
Dec-01-05  Chopin: Anderssen just played a horrible game. He must have been on something.
Feb-12-11  Llawdogg: Another little gem from Morphy.
Aug-11-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858.
Your score: 40 (par = 29)


Apr-24-13  josejoasm: 16...a5? 16...Rhb8 looks better...
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  fredthebear: <josejoasm: 16...a5? 16...Rhb8 looks better...> Agreed.
Feb-27-19  Linleteaim: If 8.... Na5 , good or bad?
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  Joshka: So do you even think by today's ratings, that Anderssen would even be as strong as a 1600 player?? I think not.
Feb-27-19  Margetic D: 8.... Na5 would be for sure not a good move, but also the "better" moves in this position are not going to create "la dolce vita" for black. If 8. ..Na5, i would consider 9. Qa4 or 9.Qb5 9.Qa4+ , Kc6. 10. d5 white should win.
9.Qb5+, Nc6,10. Nxg5 (10.Qxg5 is also sufficient) 10. ...a6, 11. Qb3, Qxg5, 12. Bxf7+, Kd8, 13.Bxf4, so now black could try 13. ...Qg4 (with idea Kxd4, if whte Bishop should be still on g8), 14. e5, Bh6, 15.Bg3,Nge7,16.exd6, Nf5,17.dxc7+,Ke7,18.Na3, Nxg3, 19. Rae1+,Ne2+ (19....Ne4,20.Qd5, or Kd6,20.Qb6 with "idea" Nc4, so 20...Nxf1,21.Nc4+,22.Kd7,23.Ne5+)20.Kh1,so now 20....Bd7,21.Rf2; 20....Bf4,21.Qc4, Qh4,22. Rxe2+,Kd7,23.g4, Bd6,24.d5,Kxc7 (24. ..Ne5, 25.Be6+) 25. dxc6,b5 (25...bxc6,26.Bd5) 26.Qd5 (alternative Qd4) Bxg4, 27.Nc4,Rad8 (27...bxc4,28.Qa5+) 28. Bg6, Rhf8 (hxg6, 29. Rf7+, the same on Bxh2) 29.Rxf8, Bxf8, 30. Qf7+. Bd7, 31.Be4, bxc5,32.Qd5, Qxe4+, 33. Rxe4, Bxc6, 34.Qxc4, Kb6, 35. a4 Anyway a good game to practice tactics :)

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