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Paul Morphy vs NN
Blindfold simul, 6b (1858) (blindfold), New Orleans, LA USA, Mar-24
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Compromised Defense (C52)  ·  1-0



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Nov-14-04  nfazli: What about 22..Ne5?
Nov-15-04  Cyphelium: <nfazli> After 22.- Ne5, the queen sac is playable: 23. fxe5 gxf6 24. exf6 Qe3+ 25. Kh1 Bd7 26. f7+ Qe5 27. Bxe5+ dxe5, when white is better in the endgame. However, rather disappointingly, winning the knight with the prosaic 23. Qg5 is stronger than sacing the queen.
Jul-03-07  frank124c: A beautiful and instructive Qsac aided by the strongly placed Bishop pair. These are two clergymen who are certainly up to hanky panky!
Dec-27-07  nimh: Rybka 2.3.1 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Morphy 3 mistakes:
15.Be2 -0.56 (15.Bb3 -0.18)
18.Bb2 1.24 (18.e5 1.98)
23.Qxg7+ 5.41 (23.Qxe7 9.86)

NN 6 mistakes:
10...Bxc3 -0.08 (10...0-0 -0.66)
15...f5 0.62 (15...Re8 -0.56)
16...Nc6 2.07 (16...Ng6 0.64)
19...Rf6 4.95 (19...Qf6 1.30)
22...Qe7 9.86 (22...Ne5 5.05)
24...Qxg2+ #14 (24...Qf7 5.26)

Jun-09-08  heuristic: NN is pierre bonford.

8.Ba3 seems weak. 8.Qb3 Qf6 9.Bg5 Qg6 10.Nxc3 Nf6 is attractive.

15...Qd7 followed by 16...Qc6 seems better than 15...Re8. 15...Qd7 16.Rd2 Qc6 17.Rc1 Re8 18.Qg3 versus
15...Re8 16.f4 Nc6 17.Bb2 Qf6 18.Qxf6

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Aug-21-11  kasparvez: Why not a direct Qxf6 on move 21? Isn't it more forceful?
Aug-23-11  BobCrisp: No, because 21.Qxf6 gxf6 22.Re8 Kg7 and the piece count is level.
Aug-26-11  kasparvez: Right. Missed Kg7! Thanks Bob!
Jun-16-12  backrank: This is one of the games Réti uses in 'Modern Ideas in Chess' to characterize Morphy's style. First Réti makes the general remark '(...) that his [Morphy's] opponents were unacquainted with the principle that the opening of the game was favorable to the side with the better development, and further that those opponents whose development was defective, in advancing pawns with the object of freeing their position only opened up avenues of mobility for the pieces of the other player.'

As to the above game, Réti comments on Whites 8. move (Ba3):

'The move recommende by theory is 8. Qb3; but the text move corresponds with Morphy's mode of play. The intention is, after Black's ... d6, to effect a breakthrough by e4-e5, and to drive home his start in development by a complete opening up of the game.'

Réti's comment on Black's 12th move (Ng4):

'Already e5 was threatened.'

On move 15 (Be2):

'And now f4 to be followed by e5. Of little use would 15. Bb3 have been by reason of the reply 15. ... Be6.'

On Black's move 15. ... f5:

'The opening of the game with a defective development is the principle error by which Black loses. 15. ... f6 was right. One observes that by reason of the move that was made, namely ... f5, both the e-file as well as the diagonals a1-h8 and a2-g8 were opened and to White's advantage, as the latter, thanks to his better development, is able to occupy them first.'

Réti had a wonderful way of explaining general principles of chess!

Nov-21-12  Llawdogg: Penguin, thanks for the link to Jerry's instructive video on this game.
Dec-29-18  HarryP: I love this game and in particular love 21. Re8!!
Sep-11-20  paulmorphy1969: from my research, he finds that NN is Pierre Emile Bonford one of the six simultaneous blind opponents on March 24, 1858. very likely Pierre Emile Bonford, Louisiana Associate Supreme Court Justice; born in 1820 and was a delegate from the Orleans parish of New Orleans, voting for secession. He married Viginian L. Thompson on 1/25/1847; was an attorney for the firm Bonford & Finney located upstairs at 89 Gravier; from 1855-1859, served on the Board of Administrators of Tulane University. He served as aide-de-camp in the Confederate Army for Gen. R. Taylor with the rank of Lt. from 3/31/62 - 3/1/64 . And he was also a member of the N. O. Chess and Whist Club. He died in Alexandria 08/17/1864
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  MissScarlett: The finish is the one given in the (New Orleans) <Sunday Delta> just four days after the event. But when it appeared in <Bell's Life in London> on July 4th, it ended with <24. [f6] and wins>. The following week, Walker has mail:

<Sceptic - In Mr Morphy's second game in last <Bell>, the game was given up at the point indicated, as we were personally informed by Mr Morphy. Sceptic denies Mr Morphy's power to win, suggesting that on [f6] the reply would be [Qf7]; then on Bishop's taking Queen the cramped-up King would move KRP, with an equal game. Our readers must judge for themselves. Sceptic thinks Morphy must answer [h6] with [Bg6]; but how about [Bd5] in preference?>

Maurian in the <Sunday Delta> gave another alternative to <Resigns> or <24...Qxg2>. <Black should have played now [Qf8], followed by [Ne5], on the discovered check, and [h5]. He would thus have saved his Queen. But the position of White is so strong, that he may certainly, at least, draw the game.>

Jan-26-22  Z truth 000000001: Lang 3e G-102 6b blind
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  Phony Benoni: In the <American Chess Bulletin> December 1916, p. 240. a short article appeared about chess in Havana. Accompanying the article was a game between E B De La Campa and S R Farinas which was an exact duplicate of the game on this page.

The following then appeared in ACB, February 1917, p. 39:

<Reproduction of a Morphy Game

"Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the Evans Gambit between E. B. de la Campa and S R Farinas, of Havana, printed in the January [sic] number, is identical, move for move, with a blindfold game contested by Paul Morphy, in New Orleans, the score of which is to be found on page 204 of Lowenthal's collection. Mr. de la Campa, who furnished the score of that game, was duly apprised of the state of affairs and since then we have received from him two letters , in neither of which he admits any intention to perpetrate a fraud upon the chess public. Evidently the matter created quite a stir in Havana, as he refers to the machinations of persons hostile to him. He also states that he had requested Senor Farinas, an architect and a busy man, to write and substantiate him, but so far we have not heard fron the latter. We make this statement of the case, believing we owe it to our readers.

"It may be pointed out here that genuine coincidences of this sort are on record, and it is interesting to quote from Edward Lasker's "Chess Strategy", which, in connection with to the famous blindfold game Morphy played against the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard at the Paris Opera House, the author refers to 'the curious coincidence that I once had the opportunity of playing a game in exactly the same sequence of moves against a player to whom Morphy's "brilliancy" was unknown.">

Yes, coincidences do occur. Monkeys and typewriters and Shakespeare and all that, you know. And it's not hard to reproduce a Morphy brilliancy if you have a decent memory. The only hard part is getting your opponent to play all the losing moves.

If De La Campa had simply admitted that, yes, he remember the mrophy game during play, I think that could be accepted. But his actual attitude seems defenseive and truculent to me, and I can't help thinking he's hiding something.

The real issue will come when I start submitting games from ACB 1916, and have to decide whether to include this one .

One lesson is definitely clear. If you're trying to pull a fast one, <DON'T USE A MOREPHY GAME!>.

Feb-15-22  login:

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