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Ernest Morphy vs Paul Morphy
New Orleans (1854), New Orleans, LA USA
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Stone-Ware Variation (C51)  ·  1-0



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Jul-21-05  DanRoss53: Does anybody else think that 29. ♖f8 is a score error? Before that, the game definitely looks drawish, afterwards 30. e6 ♘xe6 31. ♕g6+ ♔h8 32. ♘xh3 ♖xf7 33. ♕xf7 gxh3 34. ♕xd7 ♘g7 35. ♔h2 is clearly winning for White.
Jul-21-05  sneaky pete: 29... Rf8 is given by both Maroczy and Sergeant. "The game, which was recorded no further, ended in a draw, Ernest Morphy apparently missing 30.P-K6 by which he had a win, as he afterwards rightly claimed." (Sergeant)
Jul-22-05  DanRoss53: Thanks <sneaky pete>, I wonder how E. Morphy blundered this away? It's not like 30. e6 was the only winning move here.
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  Calli: One possibility is 30.Qxg4+ Kxf7 31.Qxf4+ (Qxd7+ still wins) Ke8 32.Qg4 Rxf2 33.Kxf2 Rh2+ 34.Kf1 Rh1+ 35.Kf2 -

According to <CKR>, the date is also in question. Could be 1850 or 1854.

Feb-08-09  WhiteRook48: looks like an extended GM draw
May-08-18  Zugzwangovich: In this game 20.Rfe1 is played although the score gives only 20.Re1. But Sergeant gives White's 20th as QR-K1, which would be Ree1. This might affect the above analyses to the effect that 30.e6 or 30.Qxg4+ win for White.
Apr-01-19  dermy74: <Zugzwangovich> 20.Rfe1 is the only option as the e3 Rook is pinned to the king , Sergeant is correct as the e1 Rook started the game on the Queen side.
Nov-25-20  paulmorphy1969: In the book Maroczy: White is Ernest Morphy - Black is Paul Morphy. Game 11, p.13 with some modifications [in Maroczy's book he ends the game at the 29th move stating that after a few moves it ends even] and the year of play is 1854. Also in Lawson: Paul Morphy, Game 42, p.362. In Shibut's most complete book on Morphy, the game is complete and ends at the 37th move with White's victory - Ernest Morphy vs Paul Morphy 1-0. According to Bill Wall in Bill Wall's Chess Page link under the heading Morphy Opponent there is a list of all the opponents and confirms what Shibut wrote, only the date is different 1850 According to the megadatabase 2020 it confirms when written by Bill Wall with date 1850.Bill Wall by as White Paul Morphy
Nov-25-20  paulmorphy1969: this is the game :
Morphy,Paul - Morphy,Ernest [C51] New Orleans New Orleans, 1850 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.00 Nf6 5.b4 Bxb4 6.c3 Bd6 7.d4 Qe7 8.Bg5 00 9.Re1 a6 10.Qc2 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nbd2 g5 13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.Rac1 g4 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Bb3 h5 17.Re3 h4 18.Rf1 Kg7 19.f4 Qb6 20.Rfe1 Ng6 21.g3 hxg3 22.hxg3 Rh8 23.Nc4 Qc5 24.e5 b5 25.Nd2 Rh3 26.Ne4 Qb6 27.Bxf7 Bb7 28.Nf2 Nxf4 29.Qf5 Rf8 30.e6 dxe6 31.Qxg4+ Kh8 32.Qxf4 Qc6 33.Qf6+ Kh7 34.Ne4 Rxf7 35.Ng5+ Kg8 36.Qxf7+ Kh8 37.Qf8# 10
Mar-09-21  Z legend 000000001: Yes, this is a confusing situation - and I believe that part of the confusion is that this is a stub from Whitehead's (unfortunately unsourced) game collection.

The full score, as given by <paulmorphy1969>, is a combination of Whiteheads G-2412 & G-12605.

The story behind that I don't know.

But I think, fairly credibly, while Black was indeed <Morphy, Ernest>, White was probably <Roussea, Eugene>, or perhaps <Ford, A.P>.

The first original source, which I haven't accessed yet, had White as unidentified -

<Cincinnati Gazette - 1859-10-12>

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