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Paul Morphy vs Charles Maurian
"Throw the Rook at Him" (game of the day May-17-2010)
New Orleans (?) (1855) (unorthodox), Springhill
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May-17-10  Chessmensch: Morphy must have been reading Playboy while playing this.
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  kevin86: This game looks like bizzaro-Morphy.This time,the sacrificial move is on the other foot.

Black could also mate at g4-as it is given in some versions of this game.

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  playground player: Spotting your friend a Rook will catch up with you, eventually.

I hope nobody is thinking Morphy played these games for keeps.

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  chrisowen: Looks like Morphy forgot his haka. Charles displays hope, zeal and the Mauri animal (it sounds more French but nevermind mate) handles the little fox's Pos. Summation 4.b5 Delta Blues hump, rise the bishop then drag her back down again. D4 e4 front, ever aged king's health further. The one that flumoxes me's how the threat white hides, cart escape of the Qe2 barters exchange of Ba6 yet 11.Qd1+ is near on mate. 11.c4 to right amends might sidestep the immediate blow.
May-17-10  tatarch: "When keeping it real goes wrong"
May-17-10  SirChrislov: Another 19th century freakshow.
I will say what R. Keene said about the Immortal game, "This is barbaric caveman stuff!!"

4...b5!? is the Bryan countergambit, as played in the Immortal game. it was the fashionble line at the time and it was considered cowardly not to accept it. It has 3 main points:

1) Harasses the bishop which is hitting the weak f7 spot, 2) opens a diagonal for the c8 bishop and 3) a half open file for a later ...Rb8. not bad compensation if you ask me.

May-17-10  mrbasso: <not bad compensation if you ask me.>

Yet it is exactly the opening line from Short-Kasparov rapid theme match 1993. Kasparov wanted to resign immediately after he saw 4...b5?.

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  Phony Benoni: A more artistic version of this mate appeared in Bogoljubov vs M Monticelli, 1930:

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<36...Ne2+ 37.Rxe2 Rf1+ 38.Kxf1 Qh1+ 39.Kf2 Ng4#>

May-17-10  karnak64: Wow: Morphy on crack ...
May-17-10  WhiteRook48: throw the rook at him? what a horrible pun
May-17-10  hedgeh0g: It's only through looking at games like this that you realise how much chess has developed over the years...
Feb-05-11  Tigranny: Never seen Morphy play so horribly and blunder.
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  Calli: Sculpture of this game:
Aug-20-11  Tigranny: I agree WhiteRook48 on the pun.
Aug-20-11  Elo: Morphy's best shot was indeed 11.c4 (the main point being that the white bishop now covers d1).

And now 11...bxc3? is a blunder because 12.Qxa6 puts Morphy right back into the game.

However, after 11.c4, black does much better with 11...Qe5!, preserving a strong (winning) advantage.

Oct-20-11  Mozart72: White has a slight material advantage value: 31.2 against Black: 31, and Morphy lost.
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  Penguincw: Charles Maurian won! Even though Paul Morphy didn't have a ♖ on a1 to start which ended up not mattering.
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  Phony Benoni: <"Let novices viewing this merry spat take heart! The rare phenomenon of Morphy not reaching first base belongs in a museum."> -- William Ewart Napier, "Amenities and Background of Chess-play."
Jul-25-13  teddysalad: Considering that Morphy was playing blindfolded underwater in a shark tank while a rook down I don't think you can call him to task here as his well known fear of sharks might have taken him off his game.
Jul-25-13  Mudphudder: Looks like even Morphy gets greedy every now and then...
Jul-31-13  The Last Straw: I don't agree with people about "the rook didn't matter'. If he had the rook on a1, do you really think he would have played 2.f4? I don't.
Dec-22-13  thomastonk: I've seen this game several times with 12.. ♘g4#, and I wonder whether it was rather played in Spring Hill than in New Orleans.
Dec-22-13  morfishine: There was no drinking age back then and we were both drunk

An oddity but Dear Maurian was no slouch


Dec-02-14  welhelm1982: Don't give him rook you need air force to beat that thing
Aug-05-19  Chesgambit: Morphy odds game
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