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Paul Morphy vs James McConnell
Casual game (1849), New Orleans, LA USA
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Long Whip (C39)  ·  1-0



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Jul-10-06  RookFile: I'm sure Morphy would have resigned after 3... d6.
Sep-24-06  vertho: yes. that was the point of my post... after playing 3...d6 morphy would have resigned. Never mind the main ideas of the fischer defence to the king's gambit. 3...d6 is a magical move which immediately makes your opponents throw in the towel.
Jun-14-07  rogermorin: yae i got a 51
Aug-26-07  casecloser: Wow i got a perfect 75 i think, this game is very instuctive, go over it 3 times and you should absorb everything, Morphy is a genius, and 3. d6 is okay, but lines with Nc6 as eric shinler suggests, and korchnoi and zac have suggested are much better, in my opnion
Sep-18-07  deadwood53: I liked 29. Rc8. What did I miss?
Jan-22-08  JimmyVermeer: There's no way Morphy would've resigned after 3... d6 (the Fischer Defence). Get real. He would've played a very good reply, such as ♗c4 or d4. Even if 3... d6 was a winning move for Black, there's no guarantee McConnell would've known how it works, especially since he was before Fischer's time. Give Morphy more credit than that.

deadwood53, ♖c8 isn't a bad move, but ♖d1 is better. After 29 ♖c8, Black probably plays ♕d2+, followed by 30 ♔e4 ♖h8 31 ♖xd8+ ♕xd8 32 ♖d1 ♕f8 33 ♔e3 ♕h6 34 ♔f2 ♔h7 35 ♘e4 ♖f8 36 ♘g5+ ♔g8 37 ♖d5 ♕g6 38 ♘e4 ♕xe4 39 ♖g5+, etc. Not as clean a finish as White would have had with ♖d1.

Master of Sacrifice, Black has a better defence to 29 ♖d1 ♕xd1 30 ♘xd1. Try ♖h6, and then White mates in 9 instead of 1 (see how it gives the black king an escape square). Still a loss for Black, but if you can delay it for as long as possible, it gives the other player more opportunity to miss it. That's the theory behind finding mates in n moves. So, with both players making their best moves, the game should end: 29 ♖d1 ♕xd1 30 ♘xd1 ♖h6 31 ♔e4 f2 32 ♘xf2 ♖g6 33 ♖xf7 ♖d4+ 34 ♔f5 ♖g5+ 35 hxg5 ♖d8 36 ♖g7+ ♔f8 37 ♕e6 ♖d5+ 38 ♕xd5 b5 39 ♕d8#

There's no faster way for White to win.

Mar-17-08  just a kid: Drat.5 under par.Oh well.Not the end of the world.
Dec-16-08  RandomVisitor: Black was still in this game until 14...Bg7? It seems that 14...Nfg8 allows black counterplay.

Jan-21-09  epiglottis5: <KingG: How does White refute 10...Nxe4?> The book "Morphy Chess Masterpieces" by Reinfeld has the order of white's 10th and 11th moves switched around. So according to the book, White played 10.Nc3 and 11.Nf4, which makes more sense than the move order given here.
Jan-21-09  KingG: <epiglottis5> That's interesting. Chessbase give a third different move order. According to them the game went 9.g3 Nc6 10.Nf4 Bd7 11.Nc3 Nf6, which also looks plausible. Maybe one of the Morphy experts on this site can confirm which is the correct move order.
Jan-21-09  Calli: I believe that the Chessbase version is the correct one. It follows Max Lange's 2nd edition which seems to be the first book to publish this game. P.W. Sergeant is apparently to blame for introducing the error in his Morphy collection. The modern book by Shibut also follows Lange.
Jan-22-09  KingG: <Calli> Thanks, informative as always.
Mar-13-09  WhiteRook48: the pawn on h6 is really annoying
Jul-31-09  tentsewang: Morphy always make chess game more colorful and proves that anything is possible.
Sep-10-09  muwatalli: is 9 g3 really the best move?
May-23-10  cruiseyleemorph: Well Morphy could have taken the pawn with gxf3, not sure why he played g3, but its not a bad move. Maybe he was confident of weakening the chain of pawns and clearing them up. Or more likely to protect the h pawn to release hes rook at some point and to also keep f4 strong or for the bishop to sit on it later in the game.
Aug-24-10  epiglottis5: I remember Reinfeld's book saying that after 9.gxf3, 9...g3 gives black undeserved counterplay, or something of that nature. Makes sense to me, since Morphy's 9.g3 completely shuts down black's pawn attack on the kingside.
May-07-11  Gambit All: 13.♔f2, instead of ♕d2 and castling Queenside, was a sharp move. The King is in a little more danger; but, Morphy gets pressure down the e file a move faster and uses it to his advantage.
Dec-19-13  thomastonk: On Jan-21-09 there has been a discussion on the correct order of moves 9-11. Nobody has commented <Calli>'s final word so far, but up to now Black nights are moved in a different order (9.. Nf6 and 11.. Nc6 here instead of Lange's 9.. Nc6 and 11.. Nf6).
Jan-14-14  Calli: Found the originsl publication in the New Orleans Sunday Delta(18580606) where Chsrles Msurian gives 9...Nc6 and 11...Nf6.

Will submit correction. Of courxe, one question leads to another as Maurian does not identify Black.

May-24-14  rfisch38: Hi deadwood 53. After 10.Rc8 Qd2 is mate!
May-25-14  shivasuri4: <rfisch>, after 29.Rc8 Qd2+, White has 30.Ke4.
Jan-28-16  juanhernandez: A shoulder in sadness,
A hand in darkness.
Sep-18-20  talhal20: Seems Morphy played better chess as a boy than any other boy in the world
Jun-07-23  paulmorphy1969: This match was published in the London Field column (September 18, 1858) and dated 1849 and with no opponent's name

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