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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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Dec-13-05  Akavall: 11.Qxa6?? is a blunder, of course.
Dec-14-05  TheParadigm: <Akavall> Moves which lead to forced mate in two are generally considered blunders.
Dec-16-05  AlexanderMorphy: <ughaibu> because he was better than most players of that time...however he still wasn't in a class of his own as he was in a couple of years from this game!
Jul-10-07  Judah: You can't call Qxa6 a blunder: Morphy was hopelessly lost whatever he did at that point. Of course, one might argue that the starting position was objectively lost for Morphy, but the immediate blunder was probably 10 Nxd4.
Dec-19-08  WhiteRook48: 11. c4 saves Morphy
Dec-22-08  WhiteRook48: Forget what I said earlier, Black can take en passant.
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: stupid Morphy blunder
Jan-02-09  WhiteRook48: this game should be annotated:
9. Qe2!? on the same diagonal things can get risky... 9...Nxd4!! what a move. A Maurian brilliancy.
10. Nxd4?? Odd for Morphy. He should've let the knight around but he seeks to regain some material does he? 10...b4! uncovering a pin. There's a lot of pressure on the Qe2. If she doesn't take, she is lost. 11. Qxa6 driving the queen away from the king.
11...Qd1+ 12. Kf2 Nxe4# (or 12...Bg4#)
Jan-02-09  WhiteRook48: I meant 12...Ng4#
Jan-06-09  WhiteRook48: I would prefer 5. Bxb5 instead of 5. Bd5, but Morphy probably wants to attack f7.
Jan-13-09  WhiteRook48: 5. Bd5 has a point: threatening the a8-Rook.
Jan-21-09  WhiteRook48: wow! Maurian beats Morphy with one of his own attacking ideas!
Jan-28-09  WhiteRook48: what's even more amazing is that the black queen is hanging
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: one might think that Morphy did this sacrificial attack if they hadn't looked at the players
Dec-28-09  zanshin: Obviously, this is not Morphy at his best. Even without his QR, a player of his caliber should have seen the mate after <11.Qxa6??>. Maybe it was a simul or blindfold game?

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  Phony Benoni: <Dec-19-08 WhiteRook48: 11. c4 saves Morphy

Dec-22-08 WhiteRook48: Forget what I said earlier, Black can take en passant.>

Actually, I think you may have been right the first time. After 11.c4 White's bishop covers d1, so 11...dxc3 can be answered by 12.Qxa6.

May-17-10  goodevans: The combined total of today's puzzle and today's GOTD is a mere 20 moves. I'm feeling a bit short changed!
May-17-10  Eric Farley: The Vanity Fair Discredited.
Giving odds, blindfold, simuls, and what have you. He had it coming. No wonder he lost it (PUN intended)
May-17-10  ROO.BOOKAROO: Another of those absurd games from the 19th century, in the same league as today's puzzle. Not much fun to analyze, and basically nothing to learn. Only an idle amusement to pass the time.
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.

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