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Paul Morphy vs Thomas Worrall
"Morphy's Law" (game of the day Jul-23-2007)
Knight Odds game (1857) (unorthodox), New York
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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.
Apr-01-08  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!

Apr-01-08  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.

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Mar-14-14  Vinpi:
Nov-27-18  Mini Morphy: Morphy is a marsman.
Dec-05-20  paulmorphy1969: In the book of Maroczy and in the book of Shibut it is attributed to an unknown player. In the book by Philiph Sergent he makes it clear that the 6 games are all of the same player in fact we read [This and the next five games, from 276-281, were all against the same player, apparently a member of the New York Chess Club.] Later spotted according to youtube channel Historical Chess Videos
which gives as the name of Morphy's opponent - Thomas Herbert Worral. attributes to him one of the 6 games mentioned in Sergent's book the n ° 34 of the series dedicated to Morphy link this is one of the hypotheses, but in the book Chess Monthly: An American Chess Serial, 1858 Volume 2 edited by Daniel Willard Fiske, Paul Charles Morphy on page 206 reads: played in New Orleans Chess Club between Morphy and an Amateur, so if Sergentsi is wrong about whether he was a member of the Nerw York Chess Club and instead was a member of the New Orleans Chess Club these 6 games should have been played and attributed to a New Orleans Amateur, whom someone identifies as James McConnell, remains a mystery yet to be cleared.This is one of the 6 game in book of Sergent.
Dec-05-20  paulmorphy1969: but member SBC write Worral play whith Morphy in New Orleans Probably this 6 game are of Worrall but played in New Orleans in according of write in Chess Montly not play in New York.
Jul-21-21  paulmorphy1969: I have conducted other research, and I have come to the conclusion that Sergeant is wrong. 1-Worral there is no news of the presence in new york, then Worral and named in 1858 not NN. 2- On edochess there are many opponents who were little known perhaps called NN 3 - Granting the Advantage Horse played in 1857 2 Matches with Adelmor W. King 1 Match with Moses Salomon 55 games with Thomas Bryan Jefferson -
9 games with Albin Reif-
1 with Martin Mantin-
16 games with Denis Julien-
29 games with F. Perrin-
So considering that Perrin-Reif - Julien are mentioned by their name as opponents remain the others. Now if Sergeant's statement that the 6 games in his book are all from the same opponent apparently a member in the New York Chess Club. to exclude Adelmor W. King Moses Salomon
Martin Mantin because they haven't played 6 games all that remains is
Thomas Bryan Jefferson.This is only a hypothesis but it seems the most logical, we need to look for some evidence to prove this.Also the fact that he played 55 games therefore it is easy that out of such a high number of games maybe 6 retentions have been published the most interesting. It is known that Morphy was very selective in choosing which games to publish, the ones that somehow had something interesting.
Jul-24-21  paulmorphy1969: the member SBC: .write
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.I think this is correct The name of Worral with opponent in this game appear in book of Chris Ward-The Genius Of Paul Morphy game 44 pag.74 Writing this :Morphy had a 1 00% record against Mr Worrall (from at least five games)
when giving him a queen's knight head
start.But do not provide any proof of this claim.
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  Honza Cervenka: There were better moves than 6...Bh6 (6...d5 7.Bxd5 Nf6 was one such a possibility) but the real mistake was 7...Nc6. After 7...Qf6 black is fine.
Apr-08-23  Temi: I always heard the phrase "Morphy's opponent are weak" from ordinary chessplayer and even from some Grandmaster. Bobby Fischer said that if Morphy will come today and give him six months to study all these theory no one can beat him. The old timer are the greatest natural talent because they have nothing but the existing theory. Capablanca, another great natural talent didn't even bother to study theory.
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