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Jules Arnous de Riviere vs Paul Morphy
"De Riviere's Ride" (game of the day Jul-04-2007)
Paris (1863), Paris FRA
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky Variation (C58)  ·  0-1

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Jul-04-07  Jim Bartle: De Riviere's Midnight Ride? One if by queen pawn, two if by king pawn...
Jul-04-07  Jack Kerouac: Okay, Sneaky. W will 'pardon' you for that remark.....
Jul-04-07
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  playground player: Man, that looks like a pretty good deefense against the Fried Liver. I've never seen it before, and it probably would have done me in OTB.
Jul-04-07  tacite: A very and truly happy 4th of July to all Americans! From your oldest partner in crimes : Canada.
Jul-04-07
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  fm avari viraf: In initio, I wish "A Peaceful & Joyful 4th of July to all the loyal citizens of the USA". Now, to the game, Morphy with his power of ratiocination cavorted his Knight to fracture White's castled King structure & wove a lovely mating plan where Jules Arnous was hapless. A lovely brevity!
Jul-04-07
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  kevin86: Happy 4th of July!! Today's highlight was the hotdog eating contest in NYC. Only in America do we make lunch a spectator sport-lol

Too bad,cg has the wrong holiday. Patroit's day in New England is a more exact day for this pun. It did,however,have America's "uncrowned champion"-Paul Morphy.

Mar-12-09  WhiteRook48: white seems to be a bad player
May-04-09  hidude: uggh 30 points... not much above par :(
Oct-15-10  redorc19: THIS game shows Morphy's skills, not the Le Carpentier one. This game shows how his develoopment can become an extremely useful thing. He would DESTROY any modern player.
Mar-27-11  Llawdogg: Wow! 17 ... Nf3+! Morphy still has it in this post retirement game. It's nice to see that he went to Paris again.
Mar-27-11  fab4: I like 11..Nh7! intending f5, but this knight is headed for f3!

What a cool game.

Paris in the 2nd empire was a colourful place to be. Nascent impressionism and extravagant court and fashions.. I hope Paul enjoyed his stay.

Jan-14-12  Rosbach: Looked at options to continue after 20...Rf6, however, game is over. Found a nice mate though 21.Rag1 Bf1#
Jul-07-13  coxscorner: 11...Nh7 is a well thought out move. It is clear that Morphy was already looking at the sacrifice on f3 this early in the game. 14...Bh2+ is a forcing continuation 15. Kxh2, f4!? saccing the e-pawn to set up the attack. This is a game Tal would have been happy to play.
Aug-20-14
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  naresb: Instead of 19... Bxh3, 19... Qxh3 was an early mate.
Aug-20-14
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  jnpope: After 19...Qxh3+ 20.Kg1 I don't see a quick mate for Black. I think 19...Bxh3 is the proper move.
Jun-07-18  Monocle: <redorc19: THIS game shows Morphy's skills, not the Le Carpentier one. This game shows how his develoopment can become an extremely useful thing. He would DESTROY any modern player.>

Any 2200 player could find all of Black's moves in this game, and likely improve on some of them. Morphy's play is not especially accurate.

Their head to head suggests a 200 point elo difference between Morphy and de Riviere, so if Morphy would DESTROY any modern player, that would make de Riviere around 2600, which he most certainly was not.

Jun-08-18  WorstPlayerEver: 11... Nh7 is a blunder. 12. Be3
Jun-10-18  Monocle: <WorstPlayerEver: 11... Nh7 is a blunder.>

Indeed, I don't know why so many people are gushing over it. Morphy missed two chances to play the much stronger ...e3.

Morphy may well have been eyeing up a Knight sac on f3, but at move 11 this was rather speculative.

Although, given that this was an offhand game I suppose one shouldn't read too much into such inaccuracies. We're basically looking at the 19th century equivalent of an ICC blitz game here.

Jun-10-18  WorstPlayerEver: <Monocle>

Yeah. It's part of idolization, I assume. Don't get me wrong; I am a great fan of Morphy :)

Jun-16-18  Monocle: I never really got the hype over Morphy. He was ahead of his time, but that's not saying much.

Then again, I'm not American.

Oct-27-19
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  pavelrihak: Yes, engines tell us today where Morphy could play better. But anyway, I would be happy if I could play as him!
May-21-20
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Fun fact--after 18.gxf3, Black does not have one piece off his own back rank. Yet they're still better placed than White's.
Oct-17-20  paulmorphy1969: Morphy in 1863 played with Jules Arnous De Rivier a first series of 3 friendly games which he lost all three then a series of 6 games which won all 6 this is the 1th game of this series of 6
Nov-10-22  morphy58: With an enormous difference of talent, the stronger player don't have play at is best for posterity.
Nov-10-22  morphy58: Correction : don't have TO play...
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