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Paul Morphy vs Arthur Hay
Blindfold simul, 8b (1859) (blindfold), London ENG, Apr-20
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Staunton Line (C31)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-20-04  InspiredByMorphy: 13.Ba2 and 14.Nd1 seem strangely
defensive. 13.a4 looks better.
May-06-05  soberknight: A Hay felt baleful after the draw.
Jun-07-05  prinsallan: Anyone knows why this is drawn?
Surely Morphy could win this.
Jun-07-05  me to play: Well, Morphy has a small material plus, but black has the two passers so I don't think it's easy for white.

One possible continuation is 32...a4 33.Nd4 Kg7 34.Kf2 Rc3 35.Rb8 e3+ 36.Kf3 Ba6 and it's still not clear,to me at least, where white's win is.

On the other hand this is Morphy, so if he really had to push to win this game you would have to like his chances.

Jun-07-05  sneaky pete: The invaluable Sergeant:
Game from an eight board blind simul at the St.George's Club, April 20, 1959. Black is Colonel Arthur Hay (1824-1878), who went on to become Lord Arthur Hay, "president of the Royal Zoological Society and a well-known ornithologist."

"The performance lasted from 2 P.M. to 6.30, when it was necessarily ended to allow time for a banquet given in Morphy's honour by the members of the St.George's."

Morphy was always a gentleman, so he accepted the offered draw when the time was up.

Jun-08-05  prinsallan: Thanks Sneaky Pete, that explians a lot, since I won this position as White vs Chessmaster 10, and I stink at end games.
Oct-06-05  ConfusedPatzer: I don't know how Morphy could've had grown such a distaste for chess when he was so worshiped because of it.
May-09-07  wolfmaster: "Nah, Nah, Hay, Hay"
Mar-07-09  WhiteRook48: Hay, where are you going?
Oct-11-09  FinnPatzer: It's hard to believe this game was played in 1859 with all that manoeuvering on both sides to create and blockade passed pawns. 14. Nd1 is particularly Nimzoesque.
Sep-19-20  paulmorphy1969: Arthur Hay
At the fourth board Morphy met Lord Arthur Hay.
Lord Arthur Hay (1824-1878) became the ninth Marquess of Tweeddale (Scotland) in 1876. The marquisate was born in 1694. Until 1862 it was known as Lord Hay and from 1862 to 1876 as Viscount Walden. In the English army he began as a Lieutenant (1841) of the First Grenadier Regiment and then became Captain (1846) and Lieutenant Colonel (1854) and finally Colonel (1860). Lord Hay served in India and the Crimean War. Lord Arthur Hay, "president of the Royal Zoological Society and well-known ornithologist", wrote "Notes on birds collected in Tenasserim and Andamant Islands" (the record of zoological literature, vol. 3 1866) and had a private collection of birds, insects, reptiles , mammals. He was President of the Zoological Society of London from 1868. He served on the organizing committee of the 1851 International Tournament in London. "The show lasted from 2pm to 6.30pm, when it was necessarily ended to allow time for a banquet given in Morphy's honor by the members of St. George's." Morphy has always been a gentleman, so he accepted the tie offered when time ran out.

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