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Paul Morphy vs James Thompson
Knight Odds game (1859) (unorthodox), New York, NY USA
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Dec-06-05  snowie1: Quickly, I saw Rxb7 and missed the short way. If K don't take, Rxb6 and Q plus the 2 Bs are fatal to Black.
Dec-06-05  ianD: Beautiful game with a beautiful finish!! Bravo Morphy!
Dec-06-05  midknightblue: I am an idiot. I wanted to play 25 Ba6. Not sure if it wins, but forced mate with all checks. How could i forget to always assess all lines with checks and captures! Doh!
Dec-06-05  Caissanist: I'm surprised that no one else tried my solution 25 Rf7, which forces mate as well (though it's not as pretty as Morphy's mate). Crafty says that black can drag it out by giving up all his pieces, but the result is the same.
Dec-06-05  Akavall: <midknightblue> I am pretty sure that 25. Ba6 wins as well, I see no defense for black. 25. Qc6+ is just faster, and prettier.
Dec-06-05  TheKid: I like how in the old days your opponents gave you the satisfaction of playing all the way until mate (or perhaps they just didn't see it!). These days "checkmate" has become an ancient word, seems like.
Dec-06-05  The Saragossa Man: <dakgootje> Thanks for that angelfire link; that page is excellent.
Dec-06-05  YouRang: I was just starting to scratch my head when I remembered that <> announced that they were going to do a series of puzzles featureing Boden's mate. Qc6+!! leaped into view, and problem solved. :)
Dec-06-05  EmperorAtahualpa: A very instructive link indeed, <dakgootje>! I didn't know the names of all these mates yet.
Dec-06-05  fred lennox: a nice little puzzle is what would white of played after 14...exf5.
Dec-06-05  jcr2001: Meh, I only thought Ba6...
Dec-06-05  DanielBryant: I found it within ten seconds, but I know I'd probably never find it in a game.
Dec-06-05  crafty: 14...exf4 15. e5 ♘g4 16. ♗g8 ♘xe5 17. ♖xf4 ♗d7 18. ♖f7+ ♔e8 19. ♕d5 ♖xg8 20. ♖xd7 c4+ 21. ♔h1 ♕xd7   (eval -3.84; depth 12 ply; 500M nodes)
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  LIFE Master AJ: <Werewolf>
I have been teaching my students to try and recognize the basic mating patterns for over 25 years.

See for more details. (Also my training page.)

Dec-09-05  RookFile: A nice win by the greatest expert ever on the Evans Gambit.
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  LIFE Master AJ: Hard to argue with that.
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  al wazir: <CG & crafty: 14...exf4 . . . eval -3.84> Are you saying that Morphy's win was flawed because black missed a winning line? That's a little unfair, considering that black was a piece ahead before the first move.
Dec-24-05  MorphyMatt: not 14... c4+?
Dec-24-05  aw1988: The pawn is pinned.
Dec-25-05  Cogano: <al wazir> Sorry for the delay of this reply. If you read my comments care- fully, you'll notice that I was actually praising Morphy. My point was and is that even if someone may not like this particular game or how Morphy played, since he died young we don't have as many of his games as other players. That alone makes all of Morphy's games valuable, especially as a teaching tool, because of his tactical genius. So I hope this clears up whatever misperception you may have had. Season's Greetings & Happy New Year.
Apr-08-06  AlexanderMorphy: was this a puzzle of the day?
Jan-25-09  heuristic: mo' better moves:

15...exf4 16.Bc1 g5 17.Qc2 Ng4 18.Kh1

20.Bg3 Be6 21.Rf5 Bxc4 22.Qxc4 Qg4

20...Nxe4 21.Rd5 Qxd5 22.Bxd5 c4+ 23.Qxb6

Jan-27-09  WhiteRook48: wow, great game. Morphy masters the Boden's mate
Feb-03-09  WhiteRook48: and a great attack
Feb-08-09  WhiteRook48: nice forcing
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