chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
John M Bruehl vs Francois Philidor
Blindfold simul (1783) (blindfold), London, England, May-26
Bishop's Opening: General (C23)  ·  0-1

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 55 times; par: 96 [what's this?]

Annotations by Stockfish (Computer).      [25051 more games annotated by Stockfish]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 10 more J Bruehl/Philidor games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Olga is our default viewer, but we offer other choices as well. You can use a different viewer by selecting it from the pulldown menu below and pressing the "Set" button.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

THIS IS A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE.   [CLICK HERE] FOR ORIGINAL.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Apr-06-07  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!

Apr-06-07  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"
Feb-23-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  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. :)
Sep-17-09  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.
Mar-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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'
Jan-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: BLINDFOLD. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Impact of Genius: 500 Years of GM Chess by R.E. Fauber, p. 9
from Published Games by Year and Unconfirmed Source 6 by fredthebear
2.Introduction
from Modern Chess Strategy I by Ludek Pachman by Del ToRo
Quarterly for Chess History, #4, 2000, pg. 392-393
from Publications by Year and Unconfirmed Source 11 by fredthebear
Blindfold, simplifies to won R+P endgame checkmate
from Chess Prehistory by Joe Stanley
1st recorded Blindfold game, nice endgame win
from Evolution of Chess games by wvkevin
bob1979's favorite games
by bob1979
Game 1
from 150 Chess Endings by suenteus po 147
ROOK ENDGAMES GTM
by gambitfan
early games
by wwall
Philidor
by rjuranek
The composer's notes are pawns.
from Rory O Rion's favorite games by Rory O Rion
Philidor's Ring
from Positional Themes by Miguel Medina
come back to these games for review
by marpole
zumakal blunders archivadas5
by zumakal

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC