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Jules Arnous de Riviere vs Paul Morphy
Casual game (1858), Paris FRA, Nov-??
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  0-1



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Aug-04-07  sanyas: Oh, this is terrible. 9.d5 is awful; Black should play 9...♕f6 10.♗d2 ♘d4 11.♘c3 ♗g4. Then White plays a series of inferior moves, capping it all with 13.♘d4, which should lose to 14...c5. Morphy eschews 15...♘e5 in favor of the positional blunder 15..♗xf3? and 20.♕c3! is a clever positional trap which is directly responsible for the winning kingside attack later on. It is very hard to find a defense: 23...♗a3 24.f5 a6 25.♖f3 ♖fd8 26.♖h3 b5 27.♗e2 ♗c5 28.♖c1 ♖d7 29.a4 b4 30.♕c2 ♗d4 31.♕b3 ♔h8 32.♕g3 ♗c3 33.♕g6 h6 34.♗c4 ♕d6 35.g4 c5 36.g5 fxg5 37.f6 g4 38.♖h4 ♖ad8 39.♖f1 ♗d2 40.♖xg4 ♗f4 41.♖h4 a5 42.♗e2 ♕f8 43.♖fxf4 exf4 44.♗g4 ♖f7 45.♗f5 ♕g8 46.♗e6 ♖df8 47.e5 is one way for Black to succumb. In the game it was much simpler but then... what possesed De Riviere to play 34.♕xh6? When 34.♕h7 wins outright against Paul Morphy? And that was the beginning of the end. After missing several more wins, White slowly drifts into a lost game. The last chance was 43.♖f7+ ♔b6 44.f6. 44.♖g6 fails to win but doesn't lose.
Aug-04-07  sneaky pete: For 9... Qf6 see Kolisch vs Shumov, 1862.
Aug-06-07  sanyas: Aah, should have known Morphy wouldn't miss a trick on the ninth move. My other criticisms still hold, though.
Mar-03-08  JimmyVermeer: Morphy made a series of bad mistakes on his 30th, 31st, and 32nd moves and deserved to lose because of them. On his 30th move, Morphy should have tried Rd8. On his 31st move, Morphy should have tried Be3, and on his 32nd move, Morphy should have tried Qd7.

De Riviere could have won by playing Qh7 on his 33rd move, forcing mate in 12. He missed his chance. The continuation would have been: 33 Qh7 Ke8 34 Rxg7 Qxg7 35 Qxg7 Bc5 36 d6 cxd6 37 b6 Rxb6 38 Be6 Rb7 39 Qxb7 Ra7 40 Qc8+ Ke7 41 Rb1 Bb6 42 Rxb6 d5 43 Qc5+ Kd8 44 Rb8#

It's a good thing this was just an off-hand game, because both players played terribly.

Mar-03-08  Riverbeast: A spirited little tussle nonetheless...yes?
Aug-04-20  bkpov: Your reputation precedes you. White was in awe of Morphy. Got many chances , Missed history.

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