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Francois Jules Devinck vs Paul Morphy
Pawn and Move Odds game (1858) (unorthodox), Paris FRA
Chess variants (000)  ·  0-1

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Jan-06-06
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  nasmichael: Some moves are just faster than others--developing consequences more quickly. Some moves are only "bad" because they are found to be slow; the opponent can strike quickly, and make that slow move seem like a non-move. Morphy is a great demonstrator of Purpose in his games. He illuminates the lines moving most directly to the goal of checkmate. To make moves seem effortless is mastery at a very subtle and intimate level.
Mar-21-08  JimmyVermeer: Philip Sergeant claims Devinck's 17th move was a mistake, but a lengthy Chessmaster analysis suggests it was the best move.

After 25...hxg3, White's best move is Qc4+, but Black still has an easy win, being nearly 2 knights ahead.

Jan-30-09  WhiteRook48: was it best to lose the bishop?
Oct-25-20
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  MissScarlett: This game and F Devinck vs Morphy, 1858 appears, courtesy of Morphy, in Boden's column in the <Field> of December 11th 1858, p.481.
Oct-25-20
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Would White have improved with either 19.bxa5 or 20.bxa5?
Oct-25-20  sneaky pete: If 19/20. bxa6 Nc5 (with after axb7+ Kb8) looks great for black.

Sergeant (page 308) writes "[21] P X P is the right move", but then ... Nc5 is still fine and probably winning..

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