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Paul Morphy vs NN
Blindfold simul, 5b (1858) (blindfold), New Orleans, LA USA, Mar-17
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Morphy Attack (C51)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-02  bishop: Bronstein said that if he were to recommend one opening to the chess student, it would be the Evans Gambit.
Dec-19-02  mdorothy: I can see an amature making 32. Rxe4 hastily, and thinking, 'Aha, I have prevented queening by double attacking it, and threatening mate' only to have it promptly done by a confidant Morphy. And I can see the look on his face when he reanalyzes it because of Morphy's confidence and discovers his own misfortune.
Nov-08-04  woodenbishop: Another Morphy classic!
Jun-20-07  savagerules: I like to imagine the surroundings during these old games. Before the civil war started, in a hot, humid hall with no electric fans even, just large open windows for a breeze-Paul in his proper suit as he mows down another hapless opponent and then the cigars light up as the onlookers talk about the just finished game and Paul makes a few pointers for his opponent.
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  Calli: Morphy announced mate in 5 with 33.e8/q

Did I mention that he was blindfold and playing three other games at the time?

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  Penguincw: <Calli> Nope. By the way ,what's the mate in 5 even?
Jan-25-14  cramie10: I think the mate in 5 exactly would be:

33...Re1+ 34. Qxe1 Qxd8 35. Qe5+ Qf6 36. Qxf6+ Kg8 37. Qg7#

The theme being that the knight now covers g7 so the previous defense of interposing on g7 with the queen is unavailable.

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  morfishine: Hypnotic: A deadly check on the a1-h8 diagonal cannot be prevented

<cramie10> not 35.Qe5+ due to 35...dxe5; However, 35.Qc3+ does the trick


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  keypusher: Wonderful finale!

Black wasn't bad, does anyone know who he was?

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  fredthebear: 33.e8=Q 1-0.

An in-your-face promotion if ever there was one! Black can capture the new queen with either heavy piece 33...Q/RxQe8 (or decline her to "defend" by 33...Rg4) and then 34.Qf6+ will mate next turn. Or, Black can give check with 33...Re1+ and lose that way as noted above.

<Calli: Morphy announced mate in 5 with 33.e8/q

Did I mention that he was blindfold and playing three other games at the time?>

At 5 feet, 4 inches tall, Paul Morphy towered over other chess players, dispatching opponents with ease.

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