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Paul Morphy vs Charles Maurian
"Throw the Rook at Him" (game of the day May-17-2010)
Rook Odds game (1855) (unorthodox), Springhill
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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.
May-21-11  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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  kingscrusher: Evidence that Charles Maurian was pretty decent tactically and not just always Paul Morphy's punch bag :)
Dec-02-21  paulmorphy1969: thomastonk write:I wonder whether it was rather played in Spring Hill than in New Orleans.

In effect in book oh Macon Shibut it is reported as played in Springhill

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  Williebob: <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.>

If the rook on a1 was there, he wouldn't have played Maurian. Morphy did whip out the King's Gambit on occasion, though never in serious competition:
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  Williebob: Oh, wait, I was wrong about Morphy avoiding 2.f4 in serious competition - here are two King's Gambit Declined games from his match with Loewenthal:
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  MissScarlett: Morphy had a bigger problem with <1.e4 c5 2.f4>, which MacDonnell had favoured.
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  jnpope: <paulmorphy1969: thomastonk write:I wonder whether it was rather played in Spring Hill than in New Orleans.

In effect in book oh Macon Shibut it is reported as played in Springhill>

The earliest record I have for this game is Hazeltine's scrapbook of <Forney's War Press>, column dated 5 October 1864, which gives:

"Chess in New Orleans.
Game No. 103.
The following partie is the last played between Mr. Morphy and Mr. Maurian, at the odds of a Rook. In their subsequent encounters, Mr. Morphy yielded a Knight, and made about even games, the total score being 18 to 15 in Mr. Maurian's favor.

The following brief contest is remarkable as being, we believe, the only one published in which Mr. Morphy was actually checkmated. We are indebted to Mr. Maurian for the score of this game, and for the promise of several more between the same parties:"

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