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Paul Morphy vs George Hammond
Boston (1859), Jun-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Graz Variation (C70)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-02  mdorothy: Hmmm... opening up your queenside with b5, then wondering your king all the way over to that queenside which morphy promptly places both rooks is about as useful as braille on driveup atm's.
Sep-20-04  SBC: .

a consultation game - one of the very few games that Morphy deigned to play during his week in Boston.

G. Hammond was the New England champion for many years [Sergeant]

The "allies" not listed here were
Ware, Rabuski, Stone and W. Everett. [Lawson]

Sep-20-04  azaris: Once again we see that to estimate the strength of a consultation team, take the rating of the weakest player and divide it by the number of players in the team.
Dec-23-08  heuristic: nice display of how to punish weak openings.
interesting is 10.Ng5 Nh6 11.e6 f6 12.Nf3 Ng4
interesting is 17...f5.
18.Qd1 fxe4 19.Nc3 Rf8 20.Bxe4
18.Bxc6 Bxc6 19.Nd2 Bb7

why does WHT delay Bg5?
9.Bd5 forces the QB to develop.
yet both Morph and engines prefer it.
(9.Bg5 Qd7 10.exd6 Qxd6 11.Qxd6 cxd6 looks good to me, but 9.Bd5 Bb7 10.Ng5 Nh6 11.e6 f6 is eval'd higher)

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  tpstar: Morphy had such great economy of style. His opening play was always direct and efficient. Here he wins a Pawn out of the opening, then gets the KR to c1 anticipating that his QR will help the a2-a4 advance while his QN stays at home.

White often plays Nc3 instead of Nbd2 in these Archangel games, making it more like a Spanish Four Knights.

Oct-16-17  jffun1958: The knight c6 gets lost after R3c3.
Oct-16-17  sudoplatov: Morphy's play was better organized than Hammond's.
Oct-16-17  sudoplatov: There is one type of consultation game that I used to play in college that I haven't seen on any of the computer sites. It's a doubles ping pong game where the two players from each side alternate play without discussion. Another guy and I were pretty good as we simply decided to trust our partner's play.

One interesting Giuoco Piano (I only remember a bit of the game against a pair of experts) had something like me playing Ng5 against a castled Black King. The expert replied with ...h6 and my partner played Nxf7 commenting (some table talk is allowed) "I don't know what you have in mind but I don't think you intend to retreat." I remember that without ...h6, the sac wasn't good but ...h6 weakened the g6 square enough that after my follow up (I don't remember how I replied to ...Rxf7), my partner found the next sac in line that lead to Mate. We were stronger that most pairs who didn't get the point.

Seems easy enough to do with a 4-way hookup with computers.

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  keypusher: Black really should have castled queenside at move 12, though the game was already lost by then.

At the end, 20....b4 (which I would have played) loses promptly to 21.Nd2, with Nb3 and Nc5 coming up.

If 21....Nxa5, then 22.Rxa5 Kxa5 23.Rc6 (Sergeant), threatening 24.Qa2+ Kb4 25.Qa3#.

Powerful stuff from Morphy, though he never touched his QN. There's probably a version of this game at knight odds floating around somewhere....

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  keypusher: <sudoplatov>

<There is one type of consultation game that I used to play in college that I haven't seen on any of the computer sites. It's a doubles ping pong game where the two players from each side alternate play without discussion.>

Also called tandem chess.

<....Andy Soltis discussed it in a column 30 years ago. He said two experts would probably beat a C-player and Kasparov because the C-player wouldn't know how to follow up Kasparov's moves. There was also a funny anecdote about someone, I think Kavalek, playing with Ulf Andersson. Kavalek said it was awful -- he'd move a piece forward and then when it was Andersson's turn he would move it back.

Seems like it would be a good way for the teammates to get into a fight, if one was just consistently failing to figure out what the other one was trying to do. Bridge has wrecked a lot of marriages for that reason, I understand.>

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