chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Paul Morphy vs Adolf Anderssen
"Keep Your Eye on the Paul" (game of the day Jul-13-2007)
Casual Game (1858), Paris FRA, Dec-29
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Defense (C39)  ·  1-0

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 140 times; par: 26 [what's this?]

Annotations by Stockfish (Computer).      [22206 more games annotated by Stockfish]

explore this opening
find similar games 16 more Morphy/Anderssen games
sac: 8.Bxf4 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

THIS IS A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE.   [CLICK HERE] FOR ORIGINAL.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Dec-17-14  PolishPentium: To keypusher...: Sorry to be over 3.5 years late, but i now realize that your 19 Rxe1 is eminently reasonable. I foolishly thought it was not possible since in reviewing the moves i absentmindedly failed to allow Morphy's 18th move. D'Oh!
Feb-10-15  Cactusjuice: I think Morphy's rating is over 2600 today at least
Oct-19-15  Isolani: 21...Re7 seems to be an improvement IMHO since it takes away white's impending Qa4+ fork, or am I missing something?
Oct-20-15  Boomie: <Isolani: 21...Re7 seems to be an improvement IMHO since it takes away white's impending Qa4+ fork, or am I missing something?>

White has 22. Re1 and the rook on e7 is lost.

Oct-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: <Isolani>,<Boomie> 21...Re7 22. Re1 Be5 23. d4 and the bishop is lost.
Oct-21-15  Isolani: Thanks Boomie and beatgiant. How in the world did I overlook Re1? Wow.
Nov-16-15  talhal20: Many Kibitzers, I find, attribute Morphy's success to playing lesser chess players of his time. Adolf Anderssen was not an ordinary player. He was the leading player during Morphy's time. See what happened to him when he played Morphy. Grand masters play chess with superior logic. Morphy played chess with logic beyond logic. That is the difference between Paul Morphy and all the world chess champions, past and present.
Feb-11-16  Aleksashka: Morphy's tactics seems to me is never give a little rest to his opponent
Feb-18-16  saturn2: Did Morphy anticipate that in this position the queen counts more R+B+N together? Engines would disagree but if one admires Morphy enough he would say Morphys judgment was better than engines and he anticipated that the black pieces were not well coordinated and black would loose one of them by a queen fork (like 19 Qh5 forking B and N or finally 23 Qa4 forking K and B)?
Apr-17-17  mikealando: Morphy was simply the finest, ahead of all the other by some good distance
May-16-17  User not found: Richard Taylor..


click for larger view

It's creative, attacking, risk taking, exciting, experimental, genius! Whites not even guaranteed a win, the position looks better because of blacks undeveloped queen side but one little inaccuracy from black (who didn't see it coming!) and Morphy will destroy, which is exactly what happened..


click for larger view

Bxf7+! ..kxB Nd5+ ..kd8 NxQ ..BxN Qg4 ..d6 Qf7l4 ..Rg8 Qxf7 ..Bxh4+ kd2 ..Re8 Na3 and then the "inaccuracy" is played..


click for larger view

The innocent and not very blunder looking ..Na6? and 5 moves later it's a wrap! He's a genius.

May-17-17  morfishine: Chessmetrics has Morphy 2700+
Jul-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: It is not very often that you see a White queen on h1 within twenty moves :-)
Jul-09-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <UNF>. Pretty sure this was a book line. Morphy had played the black side earlier in 1858.

H Baucher vs Morphy, 1858

Jul-10-17  heuristic: 19...Bf6??
19...Be7 20.Qxh1 Bg5+ 21.Kc3 Be6 22.b3 Rc8+ 23.Kb2 Bf6+

20.Qxh1?
20.Re1 Rxe1 21.Kxe1 Ng3 22.Qf7 Bxb2 23.Nb5 Nxf1 24.Kxf1 Bd7 25.Qf8+ Be8 26.Nxd6

20...Bxb2??
20...Bg5+ 21.Kc3 Be6 22.Qxh7 Bf6+ 23.d4 Rc8+ 24.Bc4 Bxc4 25.Nxc4 d5

Jul-10-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <keypusher: <UNF>. Pretty sure this was a book line. Morphy had played the black side earlier in 1858.>

Sergeant's book of Morphy games quotes Lowenthal on the alternative 8....Qe7+ 9.Be2 Qb4+ 10.Qd2! <invented by Mr. Baucher and endorsed by our leading players>. See Anderssen vs M Lange, 1859

Apr-13-18  LearningH: WOW there was some extra SPICE in those moves. Compliments of New Orleans no doubt.
Jun-21-18  ThirdPawn: Re Paul Morphy rating:

I really don't understand how anyone can compare Paul Morphy to current times. How are you gauging his rating? As if his very little blunders make him less superior current GMs who play without any blunders? Oh, please. People who step on Morphy by claiming he played against weaker opponents and would not par well with current players reminds me of Staunton's controversy with Morphy. This is ego related, whether one considers themselves to be better than Morphy, or considers their favorite top player of current to beat Morphy with ease.

What Morphy did back then is almost equivalent to what the chess engines do to current GMs. He simply would not and could not be beat. This is a guy who played for the sport of it, didn't accept winnings but instead used it to entice other top players to come play against him(he was pretty much a multi-millionaire), didn't have teachers/coaches, etc. He won over 80% of his games against the best of his time because only they were available, but that doesn't mean he couldn't beat players of today. Even back then, there were top players who were afraid to play Morphy. Is anyone achieving this task currently?

I agree with Fisher that if Morphy were to be brought back today, he would still be a formidable opponent he once was almost 200 years ago. What makes him dangerous is his ability to adapt, as we saw him starting a match first by losing against a new opponent and then going on to win the match in a significant manner. He understood the game like no other, in my opinion.

Jun-21-18  ThirdPawn: AlphaZero's game play reminds me of Paul Morphy's more than anyone else. The pawn gambits, the sacrifices, the advancement of pieces and the exploits are all central themes of both players. And in closed positions, both of these players' game play is lackluster and dull.
Jun-23-19  Pyrandus: "Lackluster and dull" - le style c'est l'homme.
Jun-24-19  Pyrandus: I don't understand this word: "Lackluster".
Jun-25-19  ReneDescartes: "lackluster" applies to something that is worse than ok but not yet fully bad -- and that does not achieve its mediocre effect in an interesting way.
Aug-22-19  Patzer Natmas: Wow...
Apr-27-20  talhal20: We are so much obsessed with elo rating that we bring Paul Morphy within that ambit and ascribe him elo rating between 1900 to 2800. One GM has said Morphy can be rated Carlsen +10. He is truly beyond elo rating.
Nov-18-20  schnarre: ...Morphy makes masterful use of his Knight here--winning Black's Queen in almost no time.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 5)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Chess Prehistory
by Joe Stanley
redish15's favorite games
by redish15
derbyc's favorite games
by derbyc
Morphy's Immortal
from Best Chess Games of All Time by JoseTigranTalFischer
dag's favorite games
by dag
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Defense (C39
from JUDIT AND SUSAN POLGAR by vaskolon
Morphy, King's gambit
from Great games by great players by Tomtom
19th Century brilliance- Morphy awesomeness
from layson27's favorite games by layson27
crimsontide's favorite games
by crimsontide
KGA Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Def (C39) 1-0Decoy sets up fork
from Hostilities on the h-file by mneuwirth
White has advantage
from Secret lab's analysis by Grega
Paul Morphy's Best Games
by jpetersen46321
23 moves
from Game collection: 2 by PinkLedDoor
Tactics - 1
by obrit
KaminH's favorite games
by KaminH
King's Gambit Accepted
by cayo89
Keep Your Eye on the Paul
from Morphy's GOTD by drlah
lopium's favorite games
by lopium
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Defense (C39
from JUDIT AND SUSAN POLGAR by Patca63
KGA Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Def (C39) 1-0Decoy sets up fork
from 1883 Beyond London by fredthebear
plus 154 more collections (not shown)

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC