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Paul Morphy vs John Rhodes
Morphy Blind Simul 8b, Birmingham (1858) (blindfold), Birmingham ENG, Aug-27
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0



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Annotations by Johann Jacob Loewenthal.      [28 more games annotated by Loewenthal]

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Jun-07-05  prinsallan: 10: ...Nxe5 is the sealed move, what was he thinking, anyone has any ideas?

He didn´t actually think Morphy would fall for that obvious trap did he?

Jun-07-05  Granite: I'm guessing he thought he won a pawn and overlooked the fact that Morphy could pin him back.
Jun-08-05  prinsallan: A pin for a pin?
A pun anyone? ^^

Anyway, thanks <Granite>, I guess it makes sence, but I believe even a mediocre player today with decent opening skills wouldn´t grab that pawn without looking twice.

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  beeping.alarm: The variation in Löwenthal's annotations got garbled somehow. It's in "Morphy's Games", published in 1860 and available in Google Books (see page 165). The variation should read:

4...Nxe5 5.Nxe5 Qh4+ 6.g3 Qxe4+ 7.Qe2 Qxh1 8.d4 (Ng6+ though apparently a good move is not so; for after taking the rook the knight could not easily be liberated) Be7 9.Nf3 d6 10.Be3 Bg4 11.Nbd2 and we prefer the game of the first player.

Also, Stockfish disagrees with Löwenthal and thinks that 8.Ng6+ is not only better but the only way for white to keep an advantage. Unlike Löwenthal, Stockfish prefers the game of the second player in the variation.

Sep-12-20  paulmorphy1969: John Rhodes
nato a Leeds nel 1814; membro del Leeds Chess Club 1834-1898; conosceva Buckle, Walker, Staunton, St. Amant, ecc .; morì nel 1898.Fu un motore traimnante della squadra principale nella formazione dell'originale Yorkshire Chess Association, oltre ad essere forse il giocatore più forte della contea ai suoi tempi.Fu un membro chiave della squadra del Leeds Chess Club che sconfisse il Liverpool in due partite per corrispondenza tra i due club dal 1839 al 1841. Era segretario del Leeds Chess Club al momento della prima riunione della Yorkshire Chess Association.Partecipò alla riunione della YCA del 1846, in quella occasione vinse una partita contro il St Amant,ricevendo iil vantaggio di pedone e due mosse. Nel 1847 ha battuto Edward Cronhelm in una partita, 4-1.Sembra abbia conosciuto George Walker, poiché quest'ultimo ha dedicato il suo libro Chess & Chess-Players.Il suo necrologio sul British Chess Magazine dice che era associato al Leeds Chess Club già nel 1834, il che suggerisce che fosse un membro fondatore del club, poiché si dice che sia stato formato nel 1834. 5^ Scacchiera John Rhodes
Sep-12-20  paulmorphy1969: John Rhodes
born in Leeds in 1814; member of the Leeds Chess Club 1834-1898; he knew Buckle, Walker, Staunton, St. Amant, etc .; died in 1898. He was a driving force behind the main team in the formation of the original Yorkshire Chess Association, as well as being perhaps the strongest player in the county of his day. He was a key member of the Leeds Chess Club squad that defeated Liverpool in two correspondence matches between the two clubs from 1839 to 1841. He was secretary of the Leeds Chess Club at the time of the first Yorkshire Chess Association meeting. He attended the 1846 YCA meeting, on that occasion he won a game against St Amant, receiving the pawn advantage and two moves. In 1847 he beat Edward Cronhelm in one game, 4-1.He appears to have known George Walker, as the latter dedicated his book Chess & Chess-Players.His obituary in British Chess Magazine says he was associated with the Leeds Chess Club as early as 1834, which suggests he was a founding member of the club, as it is said to have been formed in 1834. 5th John Rhodes Chessboard

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