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Paul Morphy vs NN
Blindfold simul, 6b (1858) (blindfold), New Orleans, LA USA, Mar-24
King's Gambit: Accepted. King's Knight Gambit (C34)  ·  1-0



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Oct-07-13  john barleycorn: I love that page, too. < hmmmm. Many experts question this. I give two exclams (maybe !!!) for "how not to do it">
Oct-07-13  MarkFinan: <LIFE Master AJ: I also find it difficult to believe that someone in your own home posted a link - or anything else - (that you had no knowledge of) ... that sounds so absurd so as to be impossible!>

Give up now fellas, AJ agrees therefore it's the truth!!!! ;)

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  LIFE Master AJ: Does anyone know of any archive for the main New Orleans newspaper? (The Delta?)
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  jnpope: Known holdings for the New Orleans Sunday Delta:

I don't know of any online sources that have a complete record. You may want to check with the Cleveland Public Library, John G. White collection, and see if they have a scrapbook of the New Orleans Sunday Delta. If they do they may have it archived to microfilm and for sale through their duplications department.

Oct-07-13  Robed.Bishop: I might be mistaken, but I think in 1858 it was called the New Orleans Daily Delta.
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  jnpope: There was a daily Delta which was published during the week (no chess column). The weekly Sunday Delta contained the chess column.
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  LIFE Master AJ: Thanks for the info.

I have written several sources ... but not the JGW. (But that is a VERY GOOD suggestion, it may be the only place where those records might still be available.)

Oct-08-13  MarkFinan: Just been through this game and 18.Rf3 seemed the natural move, and I thought that before I let the engine look at it.

Also 10...kh8 seemed a luxury move, but saying that, poor NN was already getting thrashed by move 6 anyway.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Paul Morphy - NN [C34]
New Orleans, 24,03,1858.

An analysis with Houdini 1.5.
(All the analysis moves originate from this engine.)

1.e4 e5; 2.f4 exf4; 3.Nf3 c6; 4.Nc3,







6.dxc3! Ne7!?; Possibly dubious.

7.Qd6! 0-0; 8.Bxf4 Ng6; 9.Bg5! Qe8;

[9...Qb6 10.0-0-0 ]

10.0-0 Kh8;

[RR 10...b5; 11.Bb3 a5; 12.a3 Bb7; 13.Rae1, '±']


[RR 11.Nh4!? Nxh4!?; 12.Bxh4 Na6; 13.Be7 ]



12.e5! f5!; 13.Nd4! f4; 14.e6! dxe6; 15.Nxe6 Bxe6; 16.Rxe6 Qc8;

[RR16...Qd7; 17.Rxg6 Qxd6; 18.Rxd6 Na6; 19.Bxa6 ]

17.Rxg6! hxg6!?;

[17...Rg8; 18.Bxg8 ]

18.Qxg6!, Brilliant, but ...

[ Better was: >/= 18.Rf3!! , " " (Mate in eight?) ]

18...Qf5; 19.Rxf4! Qxg6; 20.Rxf8+ Kh7; 21.Bg8+ Kh8; 22.Bf7+ Kh7; 23.Bxg6+, 1-0

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  LIFE Master AJ: BTW, I spent 2-3 days on the above, I thought it would make an interesting counterpoint/supplement to my web page ...

I think its also amazing that even the computers only find one real improvement on this masterpiece that was played so long ago. (1858, 100 years before I was born!)

Oct-10-13  Robed.Bishop: <AJ: I think its also amazing that even the computers only find one real improvement on this masterpiece...>

Well then one of them had to be using a computer to cheat...

Oct-10-13  fkahlo: This is i think one of Morphy free games

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Be7 4.Nf3 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Nc3 Bg3 9.d4 f6 10.Nd5! Qxe4 11.Bf4!! c6 12.Bxg3 cxd5 13.Re1 Ne7 14.Rxe4+ de 15.d5!! efx3 16.d6 Nf5 17.Kxh2 Nxg3 18.Kxg3 Nc6 19.Qd5 Kd8 20.Qf7 1-0

I am not sure i think there was few more moves but that they are lost.

Sep-11-20  paulmorphy1969: From my research NN is Paul Ross ,
but I have no other information on Paul Ross,
some books continue 23 ... king x g6
24 Bishop f4 then black abandons.
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  MissScarlett: You could also claim to have solved Fermat's Last Theorem. Dude, show us your working out.
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  Diademas: <MissScarlett: You could also claim to have solved Fermat's Last Theorem. Dude, show us your working out.>

Maybe, like Fermat, he has discovered a truly marvelous proof of this, which this margin is too narrow to contain

Jan-26-22  Z truth 000000001: Lang 3e G-104 6b blind

The score (moves) differ from <CG> here and there...

Jul-28-22  boohoo bear: <fred> - the bulk of us folksy bears remain unconvinced of your chess skills - but we will note that you copy-and-paste with abandon.

Now about your opinions on chess research - well, I think saying it's about AJ level is about right.

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  perfidious: While <AJ> is a liar and a thief, he possesses considerable skill at chess--which <fredthebore> very clearly does not, all while donning this nescience like a badge of honour.
Jul-28-22  boohoo bear: <perf> I thought most of <AJ>'s stuff was analyzing games. Did he do anything good with history research? I'd be interested.

* * * * *

Whereas us bears are normally rather friendly, when left alone, some bad apples insist on dumpster-diving, time after time.

Eating the fermented fruit and other sugar laden refuse leads to bad blood in the brain. It's not the finest moment to see a drunken bear stumbled about in the trash heaps.


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  perfidious: <zed>, do not recall anything on the history end, but was less impressed than most, come to his game analyses, given his proclamations of devoting masses of hours to them.
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  MissScarlett: Who leaked my case notes?
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  Messiah: nice game
Jul-29-22  Reviews By AdiN: Stan Vaughan
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  Messiah: Excellent discussion!
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  perfidious: <boohoo>, shows what <you> know!

People are full of surprises.

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