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Paul Morphy vs Charles Maurian
Odds game (1866) (unorthodox), New Orleans, LA USA, Nov-18
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Aug-14-03  cwsleigh: this is a cool game, and i know it will be the game of the day sometime. i just want to be the first nerd to post a comment here. study on!
Mar-03-04  InspiredByMorphy: My jaw dropped when I saw 28.Qxf5!! and mated 2 moves later!
Mar-03-04  shr0pshire: 22. Rxd4 is what wins the game, and that is where the combination starts. InspiredbyMorphy that is where your draw should drop, because at that time that is about where Morphy realized the combination and saw it 6 moves out. The rooks sacrifice is the amazing part, that sets up the queen sack. If there was no rook sack, most likely there would be no queen sack.
Mar-03-04  pawntificator: I don't think Morphy could have come up with the idea of the Queen sacrifice until Maurian foolishly played 27...Rc6.
Jul-26-05  sneaky pete: The gamescore with the incomprehensible 27... R-B3 (= .. Rc6) stems from Sergeant (first publication 1915). Loewenthal's English descriptive collection was published in 1860, so Sergeant's most likely source for this game is Maroczy (1909), who however gives 27... Rc3 (which fails to the same combination, but makes more sense than 27... Rc6). So I suppose 27... Rc3 was really played and Sergeant made an error in transcription from German algebraic to English descriptive notation.

Black could have played 27... Qg5+ 28.Kf1 Rc3 with approximately equal chances.

Mar-08-07  tonsillolith: I remember reading that Kasparov said pawns should be considered pieces when attacking the king and that Fischer did not underestimate his pawns when attacking. Morphy also realized that pawns could be as valuable as pieces in some situations and he did not underestimate his pawns either.
Dec-20-08  WhiteRook48: How to win with Knight Odds
Dec-20-08  Octal: Why not 26 ... Rh7?
Jan-29-09  WhiteRook48: then 27. e7+ forces Black to give up the Q- wait a minute, no...
Mar-16-09  WhiteRook48: how often do you see a move e8=Q and it is checkmate?
May-02-09  heuristic: mo' better moves:

13.Re1 0-0 14.Bg5 Re8 15.e6 fxe6

18...c6 19.Rfe1 Qd6 20.Bxe7 Qxe7

21...Rf8 22.Qh5+ Kd8 23.Bxe7+ Qxe7 24.Kh1

22.Bxe7 Qxe7 23.Rxd4 Qxh4 24.Rxh4 g5

22...Nxf5 23.Rxd5 Qxd5 24.Qa4+ Qc6 25.Qxc6+

23.Bxe7 Qxe7 24.f6 Qb4 25.Re5 0-0

26...Rh7 27.Qg4 Ne7 28.Qxd4 Rc4 29.Qd1

27...Qg5+ 28.Kf1 Rc3 29.Qg2 Qxg2 30.Kxg2

Feb-14-21  paulmorphy1969: page 30 of the magazine page 54 of the site. 9 unpublished games are presented in the magazine. In the magazine the game ends at 28 ^ In the Book of Macon Shibut game 371 dated only 1866 without month and day and reported up to the 30 move.In the book of Maroczy game 359 and corrected Nov 1866 the day is missing and ends at the 28th move Both in the book of maroczy and in that of Shibut there is a reversal of moves of the 22nd and 23rd compared to what is reported in the Double Chess Journal. the 27th move reports erroneous in the Chessgame site e'27 ... c3.
Jun-19-21  paulmorphy1969: black at move 23 is possible this continuation 23...Nxh4
24.Rxha 24, d4
25.Rxh6 25.000 With advantage of White,
or another possibility is
24.f7+ 24.Kf8
25.Bxh6 25.Rxh6
26.Qxh6 26.Qh4+
27.kf8 27.Qh8+
28.Ke7 28.Qxa8 end win.
Jun-21-21  RookFile: Maurian was a good sport. He played an open game and accepted Morphy's challenges. He could have lost much more prosaically, and it would not have been as much fun.
Jun-21-21  Petrosianic: He could afford to be a good sport. By this time he beat Morphy in most of their games, just because he was too good to give Knight odds to, but Morphy refused to play any other way.

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