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Paul Morphy vs Charles Maurian
New Orleans (1869) (unorthodox)
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Mar-03-04  InspiredByMorphy: This was a unique game by Morphy. 1.b3 and crushes!
Mar-03-04  shr0pshire: 1. b3 doesn't crush. The fact that morphy chose to play the double fianchetto version of the nimzo larsen doesn't make it crushing.

The blunders on black's part on moves 13. and the huge blunder on 15 are what crushes.

The opening didn't crush the opponent, the superior middle game did.

Mar-03-04  InspiredByMorphy: I was referring to what happened after b3, and not to the strength of the move. I found it unique because Morphy always played e4.
Mar-04-04  uponthehill: Why not 13. ...fxe6?
Mar-04-04  InspiredByMorphy: 13.Rxf8+ Qxf8 14.Rxb2 perhaps with c4, and Rf2 to follow. Not to mention there are two weak isolated pawns on the e-file which can be easily attacked. It is better than not taking the knight, but I think Maurian thought his game was lost at this point anyhow.
Feb-23-06  tefjlives: Can someone explain to me why black decided not to capture the knight on move 13? The other blunders were bad, but at least I can see why someone could overlook things. But not capturing the knight, letting it take the rook free of charge, what was the plan?
Feb-24-06  setebos: Charles Maurian has a distinguished sounding name. His claim to fame seems to be he had access to playing Morphy and getting crushed in the process thereby securing inmortality. (so to speak-:)
Jun-02-06  cruiseyleemorph: Is this the very last recorded game of Morphy or does anyone know of any others??
Jun-02-06
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  keypusher: It is from the last year in which we have Morphy games. I don't know if it's actually the last game. <SBC> would know if anyone does.
Jun-02-06  SBC: <cruiseyleemorph>

<keypusher>

download <ckr>'s wonderful mymorphy.pgn (with historical commentary) http://batgirl.atspace.com/MyMorphy...

In 1869 Morphy played 38 games against Maurian at knight odds. No exact date for any of them is known. Morphy, believing Maurian had grown too strong for knight odds, continued playing him a pawn&2 odds, none of which have been preserved. After 1869, Maurian didn't trouble Morphy with requests to play chess, but this isn't to say Morphy didn't play any more chess. While there are no game scores, it seems that Morphy played chess until at least 1877.

Jun-03-06  Kaspablanca: SBC; that ckr file doesnt work.
Jun-03-06  SBC: <Kaspablanca> <that ckr file doesnt work.>

I just followed the link and downloaded it.

Jul-09-06  mistergore: blacks play sucks
Jan-30-09  WhiteRook48: nice back rank mate
Aug-15-21
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  kingscrusher: Rare double fianchetto game by Morphy :)

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