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Paul Morphy vs Felix Sicre
Blindfold simul, 3b (1864) (blindfold), Havana CUB, Feb-16
Philidor Defense: Morphy Gambit (C41)  ·  1-0



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Apr-23-04  InspiredByMorphy: After 10.Bxc3 it was all over for Sicre.
Jul-18-05  Jgamazo: Morphy formulated the principles of classical play from watching his father and uncle play, and his own games against them. No books, computers, or great competion. 1.Control the center, 2. Develope all your pieces, 3. Castle your king early 4.Open lines for your bishops/ open files for your rooks/ create advanced outposts for your knights. 5.Attack.

In this game his opponent ignores the second and third, and is lost.

Sicre's first 6 moves are with pawns. Morphy has castled and has a bishop and knight in the field and will shortly have an open file for his rooks.

4. ... h6? to prevent the knight going to g5, if you want a losing move here it is. Better was Be7 to help the king castle, or Nc6 developes the knight and protects the d pawn, or the aggressive Bg4 to prevent the knight taking d4.

7. ... Qc7? Still neglecting development, why not 7. ... Be6? 8.Bxe6 fxe6 9.Qxe6 Qe7 I doubt Morphy would take the Queen here, He likes to save her for the attack, and Black is back in the game.

8. ... g5?? another pawn move! Prepareing for Bg7? So Morphy put a bishop on e3 heading for c5 to cover the abandoned diagonal.

10. ... Bxc3? Bad, yes, it loses a rook, but nothing was going to save this game.

12.e5 opens lines straight to the uncastled king.

14. ... Qd8 all the pieces are on the back rank, except the doomed rook. After this Morphy prepares to use f6 to lauch his final assault.

18. ... Nd7 Black realizes f6 is a route to the king and prepares to defend f8.

21.Bc5 Black resignes. The threat was 22.Nf6+ Nxf6 23.Bxf6 Qc8 ( 23. ... Qxf6 24.Qxf6 Ng6 25.Rxe6+ fxe6 26.Qxg6+ Kd7 27.Re1 Kc8 Qf7 and mate next.) 24.Rxe6+! fxe6 25.Qe7#

Jul-18-05  paul dorion: 7... Be6 does not seem to work.
8 Bxe6 fxe6
9 Qxb7 Nd7
10 Nxc3! White has regained his pawns and black is in big trouble
Jul-18-05  paul dorion: After 7 Qb3 black is probably lost already. He does no have a single developped piece. The only try is 8...b5 to remove the B from the diagonal and white will have to look hard at 9 Bxb5 cxb5 10 Nd5 or 10 Nxb5
Aug-24-05  sneaky pete: From a blindfold simultaneous exhibition, February 16, 1864.
Dec-01-05  Chopin: <InspiredByMorphy > <After 10.Bxc3 it was all over for Sicre.> I think it was all over after 1. e4
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  heuristic: mo' better moves:

7...Qe7 8.Qxc3 Nd7 9.Be3 Ngf6 10.Nbd2

8...b5 9. Re1 Ng4 10.Bf4 g5 11.Bg3

9...g4 10.Nh4 Bg7 11.Rfe1 Be5 12.f4

12...d5 13.Bxd5 Be6 14.Be4 Rg7 15.Rfd1

13.exd6 Qd8 14.Bd3 f5 15.Bxf5 Rf7

Feb-27-10  dmerkal: I am shocked that Morphy didn't play 19.Nxf7!! Kxf7 20.Rxe6!! Kxe6 21. Qb3!
May-09-12  chessik: Hello
Whats the purpose of put bishop and Queen in diagonal a2-g8? Im beginner.
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  paavoh: @chessik: <Whats the purpose of put bishop and Queen in diagonal a2-g8?>

In open games (1. e4 e5...) the weakest square in Black's camp is usually f7 pawn, that's why the Q-B lineup is often seen. Also, they control the central square d5 and put pressure on b7, so the Black B at c8 can not easily move.

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