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Paul Morphy vs Johann Jacob Loewenthal
Morphy - Loewenthal (1858), London ENG, rd 14, Aug-21
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Mackenzie Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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Aug-29-03  Jonber: I can vaguely remember a game with annotations by Mackenzie, Mackenzie-Reichhelm, US-ch 1867 I think it was, and beginning with sort of a version of Centre Attack (with 4…Be7 rather then 4…Nf6) but I’m unaware of the name Mackenzie Attack being connected with 5.d4 or 6.d4 in the Roy Lopez. Wouldn’t surprise me however, names of chess openings are far from carved in stone. The most common name is probably Centre Attack, though.
Aug-30-03  SicilianDragon: I remember now where I heard it. Eric Schiller calls it the Mackenzie Attack or Spanish Gambit in Standard Chess Openings.
Feb-23-04  ruylopez900: Nice play by Morphy to get the win. I prefer playing against the Closed/Open Defences, but thats just me.
Feb-23-04  InspiredByMorphy: <Jonber> These were the only ones you mentioned I could find in the database. Not quite sure if their even the ones your talking about but....

Burn vs Tarrasch, 1907
Flamberg vs Alekhine, 1914

Feb-23-04  refutor: people, this is what the opening explorer is for ;) here's some games in this line

A Volokitin vs Ponomariov, 2001
A Zapata vs Anand, 1992
Ribli vs Karpov, 1969
Tal vs Mejic Petar, 1974
Short vs Korchnoi, 1980
Timman vs Beliavsky, 1981
Tarrasch vs H Wolf, 1902
Reshevsky vs Euwe, 1950 and so on and so on :)

Feb-24-04  InspiredByMorphy: Scope this game out. Morphy vs Adolf Anderssen, 1858
Mar-30-04  Highway55: Does anyone know anything about 5. d4 ed followed by 6. c3! dc 7. Nc3 !

What is blacks best move now?
My Fritz suggested 7.. Bb4 but now
8. 0-0 is strong..

Aug-02-04  Knight13: Black lost the endgame. But, it black kept his king on that pawn, it may draw.
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  tamar: <knight13: "But, it black kept his king on that pawn, it may draw."> Not really. Morphy has such a huge advantage by this point you could play 48...♔d5 instead of 48...c3, and Morphy could take off the rook on e7 and still be winning after 49 g6 c3 50 g7 c2 51 gxf8♕ c1♕.
Aug-03-04  Knight13: Change "it" to "if." I typed it wrong.

<tamar> That maybe right

Dec-22-04  dr gogusetti n rao: Any later kibitzing comments?

N Rao.

Oct-05-05  ConfusedPatzer: What's with 18. ...Bf5? a bunch of other very obvious moves would have won for black... Am I missing something here?
Oct-12-05  Averageguy: <ConfusedPatzer>White was threatening Qc3, forking rook and bishop. My 500th post! YAY!!!
Jan-10-06  morpstau: this has to be one of morphys top ten games and is in the convincing style of capablanca an fischer combined
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I agree with morpstau. I first found this game about a quarter-century ago and could not believe Morphy's pawn sacrifice. The play he gets for the pawn seems so nebulous, but it is awfully hard for Black to shake the initiative.
Mar-06-07  tonsillolith: after Black's pawn grab Morphy plays 18. e6! demolishing Black's kingside pawn structure using the threat of Qc3 which forks the c2 bishop and h8 rook. Then he attacks the newly created weaknesses relentlessly.
Apr-23-07  Ulhumbrus: 18 e6 opens the long diagonal a1-h8, and has the effect of transforming the move Qc3 from a single attack upon the Bishop on c2 into a double attack upon the Bishop on c2 and the Black King's Rook on h8. It thus creates a threat of playing the move Qc3. One point worth noting is that opening the long diagonal creates the threat of occupying that diagonal. 28 Qe3 both supports an advance by the Rook and gains access to c5.33 b3 is a move which does nothing, nothing to develop a piece further that is. This suggests that Black is in zugzwang. This is probably one of the games which Bobby Fischer learnt lessons from in his youth.
Jul-12-07  sanyas:

"The real, the profound Morphy" - Tartakower

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  heuristic: 17...Qb4 stops the Qc3 threat and has Qb6 as an active defensive move. (with the exchange of Qs as well as stopping the Qa7 response to 0-0-0)

18.Rf2 Bh7
18.Rac1 Bh7
18.e5 Qb6
18.f5 0-0-0 (if 19.Qa7 Qb6+)

Apr-23-09  Marmot PFL: <We may ask, "Would Morphy be able to obtain such positions against a modern master?"> Imre Konig
Nov-20-12  Llawdogg: Sanyas, thanks for the link to the Valeri Beim article analyzing this game.
Aug-10-14  Ke2: The K&P ending if QxQ, KxQ, RxR, PxR should be winning. Lowenthal inaccurately defended with R-N3?, P-B3 is more solid and leads to an active rook, instead of an entombed rook.
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  whiteshark: Beim has analysed this ♕♖ endgame in his book "Lessons in chess strategy" in the chapter <Zugzwang>.
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  offramp: "Hmm. How shall I play this ending? I know! I'll just lie down and play dead!"
Dec-01-19  Chesgambit: endgame strategy
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