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Paul Morphy vs A D Ayers
"Putting On Ayers" (game of the day Mar-22-2016)
Casual game (1855), Mobile, AL USA, Mar-01
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Tartakower Attack (C52)  ·  1-0



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Mar-22-16  RookFile: 25.....Qc7 26. Qa6+ Kd7 27. Bf4 Rc8 28. Rd1. Black can't survive, white has all his pieces working, while black's h8 rook is useless.
Mar-22-16  rogl: Simpler: 25... Qc7 26. Qa6+ Kd7 27. Rb7 and the queen goes.
Mar-22-16  The Kings Domain: Good game by the great Morphy. Gotta love the hair-raising gambits of the old days.
Mar-22-16  goodevans: <12.Kd1> is certainly an eye-catching move but Morphy had already committed to this when he played <9.Bb5+>.

It's not until <18.Qxc3> that it's clear that 12.Kd1 is safe to play.

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  Honza Cervenka: <heuristic: <Honza: 9.Nxd4 exd4 10.Qa4+ Kf8! 11.Qxa5 Qxe4+ 12.Kd2 Bf5 13.Na3 Qxg2 14.Re1 Nf6 with good play of black > doesn't 11.Bd3 even the game?>

Yes, but black is not worse after that too. My analysis made ages ago was done to find out, whether 7...Qe7 is playable or not. I still think that it is viable choice in this line.

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  TheTamale: Can't Black save himself with 26) ... Nc5?
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  Honza Cervenka: <12.Kd1> I think that 12.Kf1 was objectively better. In the game black should have played 12...Kf8! and white suddenly faces troubles. Pawn g2 is hanging quite seriously and so 13.Re1 seems to be too optimistic after 13...Qxg2 14.Qa3 (14.c7 Bg4+) 14...Bg4+ 15.Be2 Bxe2 16.Rxe2 Qh1+ 17.Kc2 Qd5 (covering the Bishop and threatening with d3+) 18.Rd2 bxc6 19.Rxd4 Qf5+ 20.Rd3 Bc7 21.Qa6 Ne7 22.Qb7 Rc8 23.Qxa7 c5 and black has decisive advantage. Maybe 13.f3 is the best but still after 13...Qg6 14.cxb7 Bxb7 15.Bf1 Bb6 16.cxd4 Nh6 black is better.
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  Sally Simpson: ^

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If the Knight goes to c5....

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  Honza Cervenka: <TheTamale: Can't Black save himself with 26) ... Nc5?> I guess he can't due to 27.Rb8#.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Pierulis: 16...B:c3+??? work for white good mouve was16... b:c6 and black is OK> Yes, it seems to be correct. But it is still quite tricky: 16...bxc6 (attacking the Bishop b5 and Rook h1 at once) 17.Rd1 cxb5 18.Qxb5+ Kf8 19.Qxa5 [or 19.Rxd4 Qe5 20.Rd5 Qxh2+ 21.Rd2 (21.Nd2 or 21.Bd2 loses for 21...Bc7 with threat Rb8) 21...Qe5 22.Rd5 Qh2+ etc.] 19...Qe2+! 20.Rd2 Rb8+! 21.Ka3 Qf1! 22.Bb2 Rb6 (threatening Ra6) 23.c4 Qf3+! 24.Nc3! (24.Ka4? Qc6+ ) 24...dxc3 etc.
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  TheTamale: <Honza Cervenka: <TheTamale: Can't Black save himself with 26) ... Nc5?> I guess he can't due to 27.Rb8#.>

D'OH!! Thanks.

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  kevin86: It looked like neither player could save the game.
Mar-22-16  Isilimela: Well did anyone feed some of these lines to the Silicon monster ?
Mar-22-16  RookFile: < rogl: Simpler: 25... Qc7 26. Qa6+ Kd7 27. Rb7 and the queen goes. >

Sorry for the typo before, I'm definitely playing Rb7 before Bf4. Thanks.

Mar-22-16  Jack Kerouac: Morphy being the chess genius he was,
channeled Tartakower from the future to add to the Evan's Gambit to beat old A D......
Mar-22-16  Mudphudder: Morphy is one crazy risk (calculated of course) taker!!!
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  morfishine: Ok, I confess, I submitted both "Corden Blue" yesterday and this game's play-on-word "Putting on Ayers", but it was awhile ago for both and I was drinking substantial amounts of beer and both were submitted as a lark with only a chuckle, and not hardly thinking either would get voted in, and thinking now, wishing neither had got voted in

all that's left, is one more chuckle :)


Mar-23-16  nalinw: Why don't you like your own pun?

I think it is great - while Morphy had not yet made his breakthrough with the win at the 1857 American Chess Congress he must have been known as a very strong player already - so it is definitely putting on airs - and asking for trouble - to sacrifice a piece against him.

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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: Ok, I confess, I submitted both "Corden Blue" yesterday and this game's play-on-word "Putting on Ayers",>


Mar-23-16  Moszkowski012273: How NOT to play the Evans gambit...
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  Richard Taylor: This is actually not so clear as I got interested in the Evans and Morphy actually played the opening wrongly:

In this position:

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A bit better than 7. ... Qe7 is the most common move 7. ... Qd7.

But on the next move Morphy himself plays inaccurately at this position:

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Here better than 9. Bb5+?! is 9. Nxd4 exd4 and White should now castle 10. 0-0 with a small advantage.

If instead 10. Qb5+ Bd7 11. Qxa5 Qe4+ when it seems best is 12. Kd1 Qg4+ with a small advantage to White. Probably better for White but it seems that 10. 0-0 is overall a better move.

But if Black knows this (and I saw an IM play this line and he played 7. ... Qd7 which indeed seems better for Black than 7. ... Qe7

I was puzzled by this move (7. ... Qd7 ) as it blocks the c8 Bishop; but the "engine" seems to prefer it and it is the most common move played nowdays.

It is still complicated. The Evans is quite hard to face. I lost a (blitz) game trying to get to a similar position so I was investigating it.

Sep-11-17  talhal20: " It still is complicated......
Richard Taylor" If you were Morphy you would not have lost playing Evans Gambit.
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  Richard Taylor: <talhal20>If I was Morphy I would have died young having become almost totally paranoid. As it is I am 69 and happy and sane.

But I never played the Evans Gambit. I have played against it mostly in Blitz I think with varying results. Morphy may have lost to me if we had played.

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  Richard Taylor: <talhal20> Actually I did try it once and lost. I didn't prepare it though. Just decided to try it one time. My opponent was a very strong young player well over 2000. But he seems to have given up chess. I actually resigned partly because it was getting late at night but I think I was lost. I made the mistake of trying to beat this player with sharp lines when it was better I think to try to play the way he played in his case....

But I was thinking of trying it and the King's Gambit but I don't really have much time to study openings....

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  MissScarlett: <Ayers Rocked> would be my choice.
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