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Paul Morphy vs Thomas Herbert Worrall
"Morphy's Law" (game of the day Jul-23-2007)
New York (1857) (unorthodox)
Chess variants (000)  ·  1-0



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Jul-23-07  MikeChesss: I wish I were smart enough to play like this. Even with study, stuff like this seems to require some inborn talent. And nerve.
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  Chessmensch: This was like putting Tiny Tim in the ring with Schwarzenegger.
Jul-23-07  RookFile: <MikeChess: I wish I were smart enough to play like this. Even with study, stuff like this seems to require some inborn talent. And nerve.>

Well said.

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  playground player: No wonder Mr. Worrall is 0-7 on the database. I think the descriptive term for Morphy's tactics in this game is "flamin' obvious."
Jul-23-07  RookFile: They may be to us today. I liked 17. h4, it's probably the best move of the game.
Jul-23-07  Hot Logic: One advantage of starting at knight odds is that it gives saves white an extra tempo when connecting his rooks.
Jul-23-07  AAAAron: I wonder if Morphy could beat Chessgames, Little Chess Partner? Because the players around during his time are very SUB-par!
Jul-23-07  RookFile: Well, Morphy wouldn't lose. The game would be a very natural, open type of a game. I think the odds of a draw are like 99 percent, because it's just a question of tactics over strategy.
Jul-23-07  eyalbd: Morphy could mate earlier by 16. ♖f8+ ♕xf8 17. ♕g5+ ♕g7 18. ♕d5+ ♗e6 19. ♕xe6+ ♕f7 20. ♕xf7#

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  fm avari viraf: Those romantic days were the days where pieces were sac to slaughter the King's head. In modern days, one can't think of it, just a positional ding dong boring battle where the fragrance of romantic days is gone with the wind.
Jul-23-07  Fast Gun: Mickey takes his hat off!! How is it possible for Morphy to keep beating players, while giving them odds of a knight? He could never get away with this today, even against decent club players and as for other masters and computers...forget it, much has been said of Morphy's attacking prowess, but if we look at his games closely, the quality of opposition was woefully weak, with very few strong players who could possibly test him: As for this game, on move 13 Worrall should play Qg6 to stop the threat of mate, if Morphy continues with 14.Rf6 Re8!?
15.Rxg6 hxg
give up the queen for Rook and two pieces to take the steam out of the attack, black should be able to hold: Move 15 Be6 is better than Bd7 and on move 17 Bg4 instead of Ng6: Credit to Morphy here, but this attack should never have prevailed:
Jul-23-07  cionics: This beautiful final mating position reminds me of the final position in one of Magnus Carlsen's great games: Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 (sorry, I don't know how to place the link).
Jul-23-07  Fourpointo: Oh c'mon! I thought for sure the name of this game would have been "Epaulette's Game" or something like that. It would have been a pun that actually made sense, lol.
Jul-23-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: <cionics> Right click URL of game(the address window on top of IE) then Left click copy,the go to blog window and Right click then left click this->Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004
Jul-24-07  dabearsrock1010: i got a question, is this the worrall that the ruy lopez variation (Qe2) is named after?
Jul-24-07  M.D. Wilson: Yes, it is.
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  heuristic: <6...Bh6>
is it that bad? true, d5 & Bg7 may be a little better. but 6...Nf6 has problems due to 7.Qxf3 d5 8.exd5 Bg4 9.Qb3 and(7.e5 d5 8.exd6 (8.Bb5+ c6 9.exf6 cxb5) 8...Qxd6 9.Rxf3 Nc6 doesn't look good for WHT

7...Nc6 seems really weak.
Qh4, d6, d5 & Qf6 are all much better.

WHT misses 12.Rg4+ which equalizes. Morphy seems to be playing for the win with 12.Raf1

But WHT misses 16.Rf8+ and is lucky to win. Two consecutive blunders (18...Bg4 (Nxf4) and 19...hxg6 (Bxf3)) hand over the game.

from my perspective, BLK lost this game more than WHT won it!

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  heuristic: <But WHT is lucky to win> 19.Rxg4 is a forced mate in 11.
Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: wow Morphy sacs three pieces in the opening. Then he gets two knights back for it and checkmates. Morphy's Law is that he should win all knight odds games.
Mar-12-09  WhiteRook48: Epaulette mate!!
Sep-27-10  sevenseaman: There is no end to new ideas in chess.
May-10-11  SBC: .

TH Worrall wasn't Morphy's opponent in this game. First, Worrall only played Morphy in New Orleans (Worrall won 8/15 at Kt odds) and in London (Worrall won 2/9 at Kt odds) both in 1858, not in New York; second, both Shibut (Game 146) and Maroczy (Game 075) give the opponent as NN. The game was played in NY during the 1st Amer. Congress in 1857.

May-10-11  MrMelad: Hi SBC! Nice to see you :)

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Nov-27-18  Mini Morphy: Morphy is a marsman.
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