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John M Bruehl vs François André Philidor
Blindfold simul (1783) (blindfold), London, England, May-26
Bishop's Opening: General (C23)  ·  0-1



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  gambitfan: After |1 e4 e5, 2 Bc4?!} is in my opinion a weak move which should be adequately punished...

2... ♘f6?! (see W So vs Fouad El Taher, 2006) is not an adequate "punishment" since it allows 3 ♘f3 and we reach by interversion of moves the classical Italian Opening...

Philidor's answer is definitely the best answer: 2... c6! (with the idea of the "liberating" move 3... d5!)

Best answer of White is 3 ♕e2 and then 3... d6 followed by ... f5!

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  gambitfan: pawns are the soul of chess!
Oct-12-07  wolfmaster: So was what Philidor believed.
Nov-30-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Bruehl 10 mistakes:
4.c3 0.03 (4.Nf3 0.40)
11.h3 -0.98 (11.f3 -0.34)
13.f4 -1.32 (13.Qd1 -0.87)
14.c4 -1.10 (14.Qf2 -0.76)
15.cxd5 -1.31 (15.Qf2 -0.79)
20.Rac1 -0.87 (20.Nxf5 -0.15)
22.Qg3+ -0.80 (22.Nxc4 -0.26)
23.Qxg7+ -1.63 (23.Qf2 -0.78)
25.g3 -1.36 (25.b3 -0.36)
47.h6 #10 (47.Rd7+ 0.00)

Philidor 9 mistakes:
10...Nbd7 -0.34 (10...0-0 -0.73)
13...h5 -0.76 (13...exf3 -1.32)
15...cxd5 -0.68 (15...Nxd5 -1.31)
19...g6 -0.15 (19...Bd7 -0.84)
20...Nc4 -0.35 (20...Bd7 -0.87)
24...bxc4 -0.36 (24...dxc4 -1.75)
25...Rab8 -0.72 (25...Rac8 -1.36)
26...Ba3 -0.35 (26...h4 -0.72)
30...Bb4 -0.17 (30...Rc1+ -0.82)

Jan-08-08  Kaspy2: Philodor's book "analysis of the chess game" is available as a reprint as of 2007. It contains many annotated games just as a modern book. I am still looking for the page with the statement about pawns & soul, which is always quoted by modern writers on pawn play (Kmoch, Baburin, Marovic, Orban, Nicolayczuk etc.).
Jan-29-08  wolfmaster: Bruehl was cramped throughout the game, and Philidor won the easy ending.
Feb-06-08  chessamateur: <Kaspy2> I don't think those were his exact words.

In his book he made the observation that 'Les pions sont l'ame du jeu' (the pawns are the life of the game). Over time this phrase has become known as "the pawns are the soul of chess." which were not his exact words.

Feb-06-08  euripides: 'L'a^me' is usually translated 'the soul', not 'the life'.
Mar-25-08  Knight13: 13...exf3 14. Ngxf3 Nh5 looks strong.

15...Nxd5! instead of 15...cxd5 looks more active and better.

Sep-13-08  just a kid: <nimh>I don't think 4.c3 should be classified as a mistake.It may not be the best move,but it is a pretty okay move.
Sep-13-08  just a kid: <knight13>I agree with your 1st part of your post,but I am not sure that Nxd5 is better than cxd5.He isolates his e4 pawn.He also gives a better chance of the bishop becoming active on the a2-g8 diagonal.Plus the e4 pawn has to guarded by pieces and no pawns.
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: 2. Bc4 is not much of a move. Remember "Knights before bishops"
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  James Demery: Philidor goes by his own rules and he used to rock the house.
Sep-17-09  Wayne Proudlove: C'etait un jeu d'echecs "blindfold". Je crois qu'il y avait trois personnes qui jouent contre lui. Mais a ce temps il est possible pour quelqueun de jouer plus de vingt jeux a la fois, n'est-ce pas? Peut-etre parce qu'il est plus facile de lire les notations modernes. :)
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  vonKrolock: trois ou même quatre parties simultanées à l'aveugle provoquaient un grand bruit à ce temps là... plus tard, les specialistes ont [elevé le nombre jusqu'à plusiers dizaines.
Apr-02-11  squaresquat: The pawn structure determines the spirit of the game; it is the spirit which gives life...heh heh heh
May-31-11  goodenov: For all the praise and analysis this game received, Brueh could have drawn this game as late as move 47. with 47.Rd7+ Ke6 48.Rd8. If Black gets too frisky he can even lose.
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  MJCB: Isn't 47. ♖d7+ ♔e6 48. ♖d8 met with ♖d1 mate?
But ♖d7+ ♔e6 ♖e7+ followed by ♖xd3 looks more promising On 47. ♖d7+, I would play ♔g6, and on 47. ♔d1 f2+
Dec-13-14  Christoforus Polacco: <MJCB>
Remember that before 47th move the pawns are still on 'f4' and 'h5'
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  MJCB: Christoforus Polacco: you are right actually! My mistake. Thanks.
Apr-19-15  Atking: When you look as the game won by Carlsen yesterday vs Caruana you found some points of the actual game. More than 200 year latter... some ideas are still alive.
Jan-13-16  TheFocus: From a blindfold simultaneous exhibition in London, England on May 8, 1783 at Parsloe's Chess Club.

Philidor won the other two games in this exhibition.

See <Quarterly for Chess History>, #4, 2000, pg. 392-393.

Jan-13-16  TheFocus: Actually drew one and won the other of the two.
Apr-12-16  juanhernandez: excellent game !!!
Dec-18-18  GumboGambit: Fine game for Philidor, but Bruehl and Unusual Punishment for White.
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