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Paul Morphy vs Theodore Lichtenhein
Casual game (1857), New York, NY USA, Oct-??
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Accepted (C51)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: Galileo's head was on the block (1. e4 e5)/The crime was looking up the truth (2. Nf3 Nc6)/And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode (3. Bc4 Bc5)/I try to trace them to my youth (4. b4!?)/And then you had to bring up reincarnation (4 ... Bxb4)/Over a couple of beers the other night (5. c3 Bc5)/And now I'm serving time (6. 0-0) for mistakes made by another (6 ... Nf6) in another lifetime (7. d4)/And then I think about my fear of motion (7 ... ed 8. cd)/Which I could never explain (8 ... Bb6)/Some other fool across the ocean years ago (9. e5)/Must have crashed his little airplane (9 ... d5!?)/I'm not making a joke (10. exf6), you know me (10 ... dxc4)/I take everything so seriously (11. fg)/If you wait 'til the time (11 ... Rg8) 'til all souls get it right (12. Re1+ Ne7)/Then at least I know (13. Bg5) there'll be no nuclear annihilation in my lifetime (13 ... Be6 14. Nc3)/I'm still not right (14 ... Ba5?!)/"I offer thanks (15. Ne4!) to those before me" (15 ... Rxg7)/That's all I've got to say (16. Nf6+ Kf8)/'Cause maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime (17. Re5 c6)/Now I have to pay (18. Bh6 Nf5)/But then again it feels like some sort of inspiration (19. Rxe6!)/To let the next life off the hook (19 ... fxe6)/But she'll say (20. Ng5!), "Look what I had to overcome from my last life (20 ... Ke7)/I think I'll write a book" (21. Bxg7 Nxg7)/How long 'til my soul gets it right? (22. Qf3 Qxd4)/Can any human being ever reach that kind of light? (23. Rd1 Bd2!?)/I call on the resting soul (24. Ng8+! Rxg8) of Galileo (25. Qf7+ Kd8)/King of night vision (26. Nf3!), King of insight (1-0) - Indigo Girls, "Galileo"
Dec-24-04  TheSlid: 26.Nf3! A very sly retreat. Looks like a computer move to me!
Oct-19-05  Averageguy: Doesn't 14.d5 win?
Oct-19-05  sneaky pete: <Averageguy> It doesn't, after 14... Qxd5 (15.Bxe7 Qxd1) white has nothing. The same goes for the tempting 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.d5 0-0-0! With 14.Nc3 .. (development) Morphy is right as usual.
Oct-19-05  Averageguy: Ah, sorry. I thought White would win after 14...Qxd5 15.Qxd5 Bxd5 16.Rxe7+, missing that black could play 15...Nxd5, as the knight is no longer pinned. Sorry.
May-15-06  lauzone: 14 rxe6 wins faster
May-16-06  sneaky pete: Prove it.
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  hesyrett: Maybe <lauzone> had in mind 14 ♖xe6 fe 15 ♘e5 Δ ♕h5+, but 15...♖xg7 16 ♕h5+ ♔f8 17 ♗h6 ♘g6 leaves White with no obvious followup, and by then he's behind in development and material and his d♙ is hanging.
Nov-27-07  D4n: 26. Nf3 leaves a nice triple fork. Very well thought out by Morphy.
Jan-05-15  NikMuhdHaziq: Morphy not depending on computer to play chess so modern chess player not deserved to comment him.
Apr-30-16  talhal20: NikMuhdHaziq has hit the nail
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  keypusher: SF10 does prefer Rxe6 a move later: 15....fe 16.Ne5 Rxg7 17.Qh5+ Kf8 18.Ne4. But Morphy's move is more than good enough.

Morphy goes slightly awry with 19.Rxe6?! fe 20.Ng5?! Ke7 21.Bxg7 Nxg7 22.Qf3 -- with 22....Bd2 Lichtenhein could have extended the game quite a bit. 19.Nxh7+ Kg8 20.Bg5 Qb6 21.Nf6+ Kf8 22.Rb1 Bb4 23.g4 is crushing, since if the knight moves, then Rxe6 and Nd7+.

But Lichteinhein decided to let his opponent get his remaining rook to a newly opened d-file with tempo: 22....Qxd4 (really, Ted?) 23.Rd1 Bd2 24.Ng8+! and all was well.

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