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John Owen vs Paul Morphy
Odds match (1858) (unorthodox), London ENG, rd 4, Aug-??
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Feb-25-04  Taidanii: I can't imagine playing black without the F-pawn. That would be incredibly difficult.
Feb-25-04  TrueFiendish: In fact, it can be an asset in that the f-file is already open for rook operations. It is the pawn of choice for odds players. It's a bit like playing without your queen's knight as white--speedy development is assisted because the horse doesn't get in the way of the queen's rook!
Aug-30-04  Knight13: Good game.
Nov-17-07  NM James Schuyler: The f-pawn is used in odds games not because black prefers it but because it's the only pawn that doesn't allow black immediate compensation in the form of development.
Jun-15-08  ravel5184: Try playing with double-Rook odds!
Jan-30-09  WhiteRook48: try playing without your queenside!
Jun-12-18  princecharming: Try playing with extra Kings instead of Rooks!
Jun-12-18
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  keypusher: One of Owen's more competitive games from the match. Instead of 20.Bxe7, 20.Nd6 Rg7 21.Qb3 would have been quite overwhelming. Morphy didn't get a clear upper hand until 45.Qb2. Instead 45.Qxf6+ Kxf6 46.Rf2+! Ke6 47.Kh4! is a surprising way to get counterplay and (probably) hold the ending. 47.Qb5? g5 and Morphy forced mate.
Jun-12-18  paavoh: Yes <keypusher>, White lost momentum with 20.Bxe7. Your find 20.Nd6 could also lead to 20.- Bxg5 21.Nxf7 Kxf7 22.Rxb7. This seems winning too.
Jun-12-18  morfishine: Try playing with no pieces whatever!

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