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Paul Morphy vs Thomas Jefferson Bryan
"In the Course of Human Events" (game of the day Jul-04-2018)
New York (1859) (unorthodox), New York, NY USA
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Lasker Defense (000)  ·  1-0



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  eternaloptimist: Nice smothered mate by morphy but it's obvious that Bryan wasn't that strong of a player. I am glad that the giants beat the patriots in the super bowl (twice now b/c the giants beat them in super bowl 42 back in '08) b/c the giants r my favorite team! Eli manning is my favorite football player.
Feb-07-12  Rook e2: <King Death:> I thought it was a nice discussion.. but it will always be without an answer obviously.. just opinions..
Feb-07-12  AVRO38: <goodevans><How many people might reckon on Captain America being Panamanian or Venezualan?

Your somewhat offensive accusation just doesn't stack up. When people talk of America <singular, and without qualification as to North or South> then it's taken by most to mean the USA.>

Yes, and most people think Abraham Lincoln lived in the Middle Ages. If your comfortable being in the company of idiots then it's probably because that's where you belong.

<I think my grasp of geography is fine, thank you very much, and evidently better than yours.>

Really? better than mine? You're the one that said Cuba is not part of America. Please point out the geographically inaccurate statement that I made that makes your grasp of geography 'better than mine.'

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  FSR: Calm down, folks.
Jun-27-12  e4 resigns: <WhiteRook48: <JamesBJames> This kind of mate is called "Philidor's Legacy Mate". 19. Qa3+ Kg8 (If Ke8???????? Qe7#) 20. Ne7+ Kf8 21. Ng6+! Double check. >

It's a little late to give Ke8 a question mark, since he gets mated no matter what. Is there any analysis of this game?

May-31-13  expertattacker: In attempts like these, it would be glorious to loose:-?
May-31-13  SatelliteDan: Morphy was from another planet.
May-31-13  JPi: Which one?
May-31-13  Shams: Paulderaan. Unfortunately now destroyed.
Jul-04-18  SeanAzarin: Lovely smothered mate.
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  al wazir: 16...Kd6! 17. Rd1+ Kc5!.

If 18. Ne7, then 18...Qxc4 (18...Qxe7 19. Qb4+) 19. Rc1 Qxc1 20. Rxc1+ Ke7.

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  Mendrys: <al wazir> you may want to check white's other replies to 16...Kd6?
Jul-04-18  newzild: <al wazir> As alluded to by <Mendrys>, 16...Kd6?? loses the queen to 17. e5+.

To take your line further, after 17. Rad1+ Kc5 White has 18. Nd4! rather than 18. Ne7, which also wins the queen because of the mate threats.

Jul-04-18  nalinw: Shouldn't the game header say something about the handicap? I spent a long time trying to find when White sacrificed a piece :-)
Jul-04-18  catlover: Morphy makes it look easy.
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  Richard Taylor: <FSR: <Shams: ... His compliment to Pillsbury is what sticks out the most.> Indeed. Very august company. If poor Pillsbury hadn't gotten syphilis from a hooker in St. Petersburg he might well have been world champion.>

He also got "whiskey" big time.

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  Korora: <Shams>:
With the head superlaser gunner so remorseful that he deliberately stalled for time at Albin 4. <"Stand by. Stand by.">

<al wazir>:
This was Paul Morphy, not Nicholas NoŽl Morphy.

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  Richard Taylor: <catlover: Morphy makes it look easy.>

That's because it was easy. His opponent here wasn't very good. And, given he might not have known the smothered mate (we can all learn it these days from books and YouTubes) he did well but it wasn't great game. Amusing and direct but only slight.

Of course Morphy was a chess genius and played many great games, should perhaps have been the first official World Champion: that I wont deny.

He was also a generous man. He could afford to be, but he was...He gave a lot of his prize money to his opponents. [I read this somewhere is this true? I think it is.]

Jul-04-18  7he5haman: The forcing of the Black Queen from the h4-d8 diagonal leading to mate reminds me of this game: E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920
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  poulh: For chess players, no trip to New Orleans is complete until you visit 417 Royal Street which backs up to Bourbon Street. From 1841 until his death in 1884, it was Paul Morphy's home. Bobby Fischer named Morphy as one of the top 10 chess minds of all time. I enjoyed being there this past April.
Jul-04-18  hdcc: Lonely ol' knight.
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  Sally Simpson: ...Or one could stroll through the leafy streets of Streatham, England and visit 2 Leigham Avenue.

This is where Staunton stayed when he put Morphy up for a few days in 1858.

Fischer too mentioned Staunton in his top 10.


Staunton's old house has been bulldozed over and is now a road.

The USA have a 4Ę Fischer stamp.

Jul-04-18  Caissa04: Me: something happened to my b1 Knight
My chess conscience: Morphy happened.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Sally Simpson: The USA have a 4Ę Fischer stamp.

They did the envraving gery baldly.

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  al wazir: <Mendrys: you may want to check white's other replies to 16...Kd6?> Oops.

I'm not a Paul Morphy. I guess I'm not even a Thomas Jefferson Bryan either.

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