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Paul Morphy vs Hubert Knott
"Slip Knott" (game of the day Jan-09-2011)
Casual game (1859) (unorthodox), New York, NY USA, Jun-16
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Jan-05-09  heuristic: mo' better moves :

9.Rxf4 Bh5 10.Qc4 Ne7 11.Bxb7 Nd7

13...Qb6 14.Bg5 Rd8 15.Qe3 Qxb2 16.Ne4

14.exf6 Nxf6 15.Be5 Kg8 16.Qg3 h5

14...Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Kg8 16.Bh6 Bh5 17.Qf5

15...Bf8 16.h3 Bf5 17.Qc4+ Be6 18.Qe2

16...Be6 17.b3 Rf8 18.Qg3 Bh8 19.Bxf6

21...Qf5 22.Rxf5 Bxf5 23.Qxh6 Kd7 24.Bf4

Jan-26-09  WhiteRook48: 23. Re3+ is great!
Mar-13-09  WhiteRook48: pins are awesome!
Nov-28-09  josejoasm: Why Knott doesn't take his bishop in 21...hxg5
Nov-28-09  WhiteRook48: 22 Qg8+ then, if 22...Rf8 23 Qxf8#
22...Ke7 23 Rxf7+
Dec-25-10  meppi: Blacks game seems better after 18 Qxf6 19 Rxf6 Kxf6.

especially if he can defend the g pawn defend his bishop and keep rooks connected

IE: 20. Qg3 - Rg8 and advance the h pawn


20. Qh7 seems like the strongest queen move available as it attacks the h and b pawns.

but even then it seems that white must search for perpetual

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  Sastre: If 18...Qxf6 then 19.Qh7+ Ke6 20.Qe4+ Kf7 21.Rxf6+ Kxf6 22.Qxg4 Rg8 23.Qf3+ =.
Dec-25-10  meppi: thanks for showing that continuation.

But what about Ke8

EG> 19. Qh7+ Ke8

20. Qe4+ now fails to - Qe7


20. Rxf6 - Rxf6

21. Qe4+ - Le6


21. Qh8 + - Rf8

22. Qe5 + and it seems that black loses material wherever he moves to Kf7 ( Qf4+) or Kd7 (Qg7+) or Kd8 (Qg6+)

I now see my last comment was incorrect and 18. Qxf6 is losing.

the only interesting try I can come up with is...

18. Qxf6

19. Qh7+ - Ke8

19. Rxf6 - Rxf6

20. Qh8+ - Kf7

21. Qxa8+ - Lh3

But the white queen should be able to handle this situation

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  Sastre: <meppi> After 18....Qxf6 19.Qh7+ Ke8 19.Rxf6 Rxf6 20.Qh8+, your suggestion of <20...Kf7 21.Qxa8 Bh3> is winning for Black. White can only delay mate after 22.Qxb7+ Kg6.

After 18....Qxf6 19.Qh7+ Ke8, I initially thought White's best try was <20.Qg8+ Rf8 21.Qxg4 Ke7 22.Qe4+>. But like your above suggestion, Black can play <20...Ke7 Qxa8 21.Bh3 Qxb7+ 22.Kd6> and White only has a perpetual.

Dec-25-10  Elsinore: <tamar>

<"I'm Paul Morphy, and you're Knott.">

That's the one that should be a pun for a GOTD.

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  piltdown man: Sacrifice everything, then win on material.

Brilliant stuff!

Jan-09-11  swr: Morphy is crazy
Jan-09-11  hedgeh0g: I hear Knott screamed incoherently after this game.
Jan-09-11  CapablancaFan122: So many sacrifices.. Yet Morphy still manages to come out on top in the end.
Jan-09-11  Lennonfan: Im a huge morphy fan but most of his opponents appeared to have been weak....he was genuinely ahead of his time,it'd have been great to see him against tal..that'd be one of my players from different era's top games..
Jan-09-11  CapablancaFan122: <Lennonfan> I think any player, whether it is Morphy or someone else, would be crushed by any player from the "future". The difference in chess theory (especially concerning openings) would be so much that Morphy would lose all his games against contemporary masters.

If he were given time to prepare however, that would be a different story. :D

Jan-09-11  Lennonfan: <CapablancaFan122>I agree with you completely i think morphy would have a hard time against any current day top GM but the thought of tal and morphy,who were both exciting attacking players(as opposed to say kramnik!) playing each other is a lot of chess fans dream game....well the ones i know anyway lol
Jan-09-11  Lil Swine: morphy went somewhat off his rocker so playing tal or fischer or whoever,wouldn't help his health
Jan-09-11  Wyatt Gwyon: Morphy vs. ___ in Fischer Random?
Jan-09-11  hedgeh0g: If someone gives you rook odds, you don't walk into their Muzio Gambit. Instead, you play ...c6 ...d5 ...e6 ...Nf6 and thank them for the rook.
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  kevin86: Morphy plays the Muzio at rook odds-it's like choosing to kick off in overtime against a 30 mph wind!
Jan-10-11  njchess: The really crushing part of this is that Hubert Knott was no pushover. He was part of the first American Chess Congress of 1857, as one of the top 16 players in the US. He narrowly missed the second round losing to Frederick Perrin. The event was easily won by Morphy, defeating Paulsen in the final, with a tournament record of +14 -1 =2.

Jan-16-11  Llawdogg: Morphy is simply incredible. And Hubert is Knott. I would love to have been thrashed by Morphy like that. And the most amazing part is that Knott wasn't a bad player at all.
May-17-17  brian5668: Really great analysis on this youtube video.
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  kingscrusher: 19. d5!!

click for larger view

Wins in all variations!

Analysis by Stockfish 8 64:

1. (3.19): 19...Ke8 20.Qg6+ Rf7 21.Bg5 Qf5 22.Rxf5 Bxf5 23.Qxh6

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