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Paul Morphy vs Paul Journoud
Paris it (1858)
Sicilian Defense: Morphy Gambit (B21)  ·  1-0



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  InspiredByMorphy: How often do you see a sicilian game like this? Great job by Morphy.
Nov-01-04  sumant 9: I dont think that 3...e5 is good.
Nov-01-04  Shams: it does look dodgy. I checked chessbase and four masters have tried 3...e5. 2.5 points out of 4.

I assume you favor transposing to a non-gambit line then, sumant?

the other thing that surprised me about this game was 9. Bxg8. Obviously white is wary of 9...Na5 10. Qd5 Nf6 dropping the bishop, but he could play Bd5. Morphy prefers the tempo and keeping d5 open for the knight, I guess.

Mar-27-05  aw1988: e5 is a hell of an ugly move...
Dec-01-05  Chopin: This game was over before it started.
Feb-12-07  Thrajin: 3... e5 is not a bad move (it is considered a standard opening move after 3. Nf3). The pawn is immune from capture by the knight due to 4. Nxe5 Qa4+.

However, why black chose to virtually ignore white's Queen/Bishop battery, I have no idea...

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  InspiredByMorphy: There is nothing wrong with 3. ...e5 . There is something wrong with 3. ...Be7 . 3. ...Nc6 , 3. ...Nf6 or 3. ...Qc7 would have all been a more efficient way of handling this opening.
Aug-28-20  SubSahara: Was n't Morphy the Mike Tyson of the chess world?
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  fredthebear: Most definitely. Morphy's games must be studied!

Quotes rom KingG's collection:

Perhaps the most accurate player who ever lived, he would beat anybody today in a set-match. He had complete sight of the board and seldom blundered even though he moved quite rapidly. I've played over hundreds of his games and am continually surprised and entertained by his ingenuity. Bobby Fischer (on Morphy)

A popularly held theory about Paul Morphy, is that if he returned to the chess world today and played our best contemporary players, he would come out the loser. Nothing is further from the truth. In a set match, Morphy would beat anybody alive today. Bobby Fischer

Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all. Bobby Fischer

Aug-29-20  saturn2: Todays champs would outplay him in the opening the same he outplayed the opponents of his time there.

Different if they started from a level position at move 20.

Aug-29-20  morfishine: Of course Morphy would more than hold his own today. He would just need a little time to familiarize himself with current openings, perhaps a day or two LOL

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