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Paul Morphy vs Alexander Beaufort Meek
Casual game (1855), Mobile, AL USA, Mar-01
King's Gambit: Accepted. Philidor Gambit (C38)  ·  1-0



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Dec-10-02  bishop: The two extra Black pieces are not much help in the final position. After 7.d4 the "opening explorer" gives a perfect 11-0 score in White's favor, so Black's mistake ocurred earlier, most likely 5...g4.
Jun-27-03  ksadler: I'll admit...I love watching Morphy mop up on lesser quality players in his early years (games like these are what caused me to take up 1. e4 and the King's Gambit to whomever asked on Kibitzer's Cafe). He has great confidence in his attacks.
Aug-17-03  evertoexcel: Meek indeed.
Sep-04-03  Esoteric: Morphy was a great tactician and created favourable combinitions on the board. His games have inspired me to take up aggressive openings like King's Gambit and Scotch and Evans. Sacrificing material was no problem for Morphy as the opponents king was his target!!!! As the greatest Fischer says that the aim of the game is to Mate the opoonent's king and all efforts and moves should be directed towards this!!!
Sep-04-03  jaime gallegos: Yes, King's Gambit and Evans and Scotch are aggressive openings, I like to use them on playing blitz ( I confess to use the Cochrane Gambit on the Petroff too ). Morphy was a superb tactician, like a comet on his time... Fischer, Tal and Kasparov belong to this group on my particular opinion...
Sep-04-03  ughaibu: I'm surprised that you regard the Scotch as an aggresive opening, the main reason that I dont like to play against it as black is that it immediately removes the tension from the centre and makes it difficult to avoid a draw.
Nov-18-03  lordazol: I decided to play Kings gambit after
watching Morphy's game.
We need those kind of games to make people interesting chess.Especially gives enthusiasm for the beginners.
Nov-19-03  reekingskunk: Esoteric and jaime gallegos probably meant the scotch gambit
Dec-24-03  bumpmobile: Is this a mistake? An almost identical game was played by the same two players in the same year. Either the game was printed twice or Meek learned nothing from his first defeat. (incidentally, how does one add a shortcut to another game?)
May-30-04  sergeidave: I adore the King's Gambit and Evans Gambit, they are perfect for attacking players! Still, I wonder why today's players barely play it or don't play it at all... Any thoughts?
May-30-04  refutor: < I wonder why today's players barely play it or don't play it at all... >

there's a couple of reasons. allegedly, players today defend better at the top levels than they did in the 1800s...i'm not a top player so i can't comment on that :) secondly, players like to hide their intentions more nowadays. look at all the crazy move orders they use to get to well known positions. in lines like the king's gambit and the evans gambit, they declare their intentions early. plus, allegedly, it's easier for black to trade off material in these lines and play for a draw (!) than let's say a topical Sicilian because of all the open files once some pawns are traded off.

again, i'm not a top player, but i'm a king's gambit man, and i think these lines are great for the club level. if i ever become an IM i'll let you guys know if it still works for me ;)

May-31-04  sergeidave: Thanks, refutor.
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  Whitehat1963: Another complete wipe out! I love Morphy's games!
Jun-22-04  acirce: Personally, I find these one-sided shows utterly boring. I want both players to be good for the game to be interesting. Much like 10-0 in a soccer game isn't fun or interesting to watch.

I'm not especially interested in chess before Steinitz at all for that matter.

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  Whitehat1963: <acirce>, I'd say it's probably a question of taste. Perhaps you find this Morphy game more interesting? J Smith vs Morphy, 1858
Jun-22-04  HailM0rphy: Hmm find games before stienitz BOIRNG
HrRrRmMm..I guess he must think games of Petrosian Kramnik Kasparov etc to be an absolute joy ride then.. likes games where 'going for the win' is usualy much too risky and should be avoided. Acctually kind of sad eh
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  Whitehat1963: <acirce> You might find this one interesting: Morphy vs Adolf Anderssen, 1858
Jun-22-04  acirce: <HailM0rphy> What kind of stupid prejudice is that? All players you mention play for the win in most games. Also, I didn't say pre-Steinitz chess was boring, I said I was not very interested in it.
Jun-22-04  acirce: <Whitehat1963> Yes, at least Anderssen was able to put up SOME resistance in his encounters with Morphy.
Jul-05-04  chesscomplexity: <ughaibu> the scotch isnt that easy to get a draw in my opinion. all depends on who is playing it. certain lines of EVERY opening are dull, but with the scotch: not so many. especially steinitz's 4...Qh4 which ive experimented with. and for all you ruy lopez players who criticize "boring" openings, just be glad ALL your opponents dont play 3...Nf6 against you :)
Jul-05-04  ughaibu: Sure, I'm complaining that it's a boring choice by white.
Dec-01-05  Chopin: Morphy simply crushes his opponents.
Dec-02-05  DeepBlade: The fact is, he sacrifices anything he doesnt need to mate!
Jun-05-07  frank124c: the reason the king's gambit is no longer played on the tournament level is because bobby fischer supposedly busted it. now my question is--has anyone ever busted the bust?
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  InspiredByMorphy: <frank> Fischer does not analyse the KGA bishops gambit. If theres any tournament life left in the KGA its probably in its variations.
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