ckr: ckr: <Calli> recently noted that this game is not in the MyMorphy.pgn at the <SBC> Morphy site
What is known about this game??
The game is not in Shibut, Maroczy, Sergeant or Lawson's works.
It is likely that the game's source is the KG-CA.zip from the PITT ftp site dated 2/11/1998, which, I believe, was an extract of 'King Gambits' from the CA database. However, the game is no longer included in the database currently delivered with CA-8. So I would suspect that the game was bogus and that CA has subsequently removed the game.
Can anyone source this game or place some authenticity to it?
Morphy has only 8 recorded games where an opponent lasted over 65 moves (3 Lowenthal, 2 Anderssen, 1 Thompson and 2 with Maurian) so this in itself is quite a feat.
If the year and local are correct (and we spell Cincinati as Cincinnati) it would have most likely been between May 31 and June 8, enroute from N.O. to NYC on his way to England.
While going through the First Americam Chess Congress I saw a mention of a "Le Roy Smith" from Cincinnati who is listed as being a member on the Committee Of Co-Operation for the First American Chess Congress in 1857. My mind immediately shot back to this bogus game. Although "Le Roy" is a far cry from "J" I have seen far stranger things.
It is possible that Paul Morphy may have stopped in Cincinnati on his way to New York as well as possible that he may have known LeRoy Smith from the Congress and Paul may have met with him and played a game and finally LeRoy may have said "Hey, just call me Joe". Whew, that is a lot of "May Have's".
I am certainly not trying to claim this is a real Morphy Game. I am more curious about the game because, most likely, it is not a Morphy Game.
Another possibility is that since Ernest Morphy lived in Ohio it could simply be another Ernest game assumed to be Pauls, wouldn't be the first time that has happened.
I am sure others interested would appreciate any information about this game.