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Paul Morphy vs Johann Jacob Loewenthal
Casual game (1859), London ENG, Apr-16
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-06-02  Kenneth Sterling: It looks like Lowenthal should have won this game.
Dec-06-02  ughaibu: Morphy manages to keep making threats. Maybe Rd8 was too slow, how about immediately Bd3 followed by Nf5?
Dec-06-02  pawntificator: Many of his games were like that. He would fly off on these crazy sacrificial combinations relying on the inferior play of his opponents, it seems. Surprising how often he was successful, often winning a game with the only two pieces left on the board. I read somewhere that after detailed computer analysis, many of his combinations were deemed faulty and refutable. But that doesn't change my opinion of the man. He was a genius!
Dec-06-02  Vilkacis: 21...Bd3 with something like 22. Qh6 Bf1 23. Re7 Qf2 is too much to hope for. But I agree 21...Bd3 is the right move.

I did not like 17...Rf7.

Jan-10-06  morpstau: pawnifactor that was hilarious!!lololol. man you hit it on the head with that great comment. I think also though morphy knew his opponents were so weak he coul afford making mistakes and still come out the victor!! paul morphy: the first american hero
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  Honza Cervenka: The Bishop ending after 35...c4 looks still pretty grim for white.
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  Honza Cervenka: Interesting Pawn endgame could have ensued after 33.Bxd6 cxd6. After accurate play from both sides it is probably drawn, for example 34.Ke2 Kg6 35.Kd3 Kf5 36.f3 a5 37.h4 a4! 38.a3 Kf4 39.Kc3 d5 40.Kc2! b4! 41.axb4 d4 42.b5 Ke3 43.b6 d3+ 44.Kb2 d2 45.b7 d1=Q 46.b8=Q etc. So better seems to be 32...c6 with an advantage of black. Morphy's 33.Bd4 is clearly inferior (33.Bxd6 as well as 33-Bg3 would have been better) and after that black's endgame is clearly better but 35...a4 was not good. 35...c4 was definitely better.
Oct-05-06  Bob726: Can't black win here?
Feb-26-08  JimmyVermeer: I got my computer to analyze the position for a fairly long time and it couldn't find a win for Black.
Nov-22-08  heuristic: 15.Qxg6 Nxg6 16.e7+ d5 17.exd8Q Rxd8 looks interesting.

23...Nd5 24.Qg5 Rd6 25.h4 Bxf1 26.Rxf1 looks interesting.

39.Kd4 Kf5 40.Kc3 Be5+ 31.Kb4 Bb2 looks interesting.

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