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Paul Morphy vs Johann Jacob Loewenthal
"Tonight, Let it be Lowenthal" (game of the day May-21-2009)
Morphy - Loewenthal (1858), London ENG, rd 8, Jul-30
Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41)  ·  0-1

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May-21-09  tatarch: <jakaiden: According to Basic Chess Endings(Fine) White must play 30. Kh3! to save the tempo, and after 30...g5 31. fxg6+ Kxg6 32. Kh4, etc. white wins.>

Thanks for pointing that out, very instructional.

May-21-09
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  playground player: Beating Morphy with the Philidor--way to go, JJ!

I've been using the Philidor more and more, lately--even though one of the first things I was ever taught in chess was, "Don't play the Philidor, it's weak, it cramps Black's game," etc. I've never had much trouble beating the Philidor, but now I find it's winning a disproportionate number of games for me as Black.

It's well worth while to study Morphy's games as Black with the Philidor. Far from cramping his style, he used it as a fearsome weapon which provided him with opportunities to seize the initiative early in the game.

May-21-09
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  kevin86: For the winner here,it was slamming the dunk on LeBron or MJ (in his prime).Loewenthal upsets Morphy!!

An elongated pawn game-with the last nonpawn disappearing on move 26. In fact at that time,there were fourteen pawns and two kings.

May-21-09  lisbon67: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va_N...
May-21-09  drpoundsign: Morph should taken the rook on the back rank and made check in the process no??
May-21-09  shalgo: <drpoundsign> <Morph should taken the rook on the back rank and made check in the process no??>

I assume you mean that he should have played 23.♖xd8+. But Black would have played 23...♕xd8 24.♗xc5 ♕d1+ 25.♔f2 ♕xc2+ followed by capturing the bishop on c5.

May-21-09  wanabe2000: When reviewing the game I thought 18.Rfd1 was the best play. Upon lookong at former posts I saw that LIFE Master AJ pointed that out in 2005. This was a very instuctive endgame on the king "opposition" and "distant opposition".
May-21-09  WhiteRook48: I can't believe it!
Sep-16-09
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  nasmichael: Following up on 'distant' opposition. Glad to have these games here, accurate or not, to see what others have done.
Jan-01-11  josejoasm: I had played 48.Ke2 to attack pawn c5 and win the game ;-)
Jul-15-11  horseboat: Horribly botched endgame by Morphy. Perhaps this is why he's not a LIFE Master, no?
Jul-15-11  DrMAL: <horseboat> Yes you are right, Morphy was definitely not a LIFE Master LOL. He was a mere GM who would have surely been the first WC likely retaining this title into the 20th century.
Jul-15-11
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  TheFocus: So you think Morphy would have been champion from 1850s to 1900s?
Apr-04-14  yureesystem: This is an easy draw, Morphy try too hard to win this game.
Jun-23-15  MindCtrol9: May be Morphy gave him that point because with <47..Kh4> it was an easy draw with the opposition of Kings.Morphy killed everyone he played and Loewenthal was no exception.
May-05-17  hudapri: Really fascinating game. Morphy obtains a great position out of the opening, but 18.Qg4 is actually a blunder! The surprisingly forcing idea of c6, Bc5 liquidates all the material, and shuts down any threats of Bxh6. And with 22... Rd8 Black survives by a tactical hair and completes liquidation.

So now a very unusual endgame where White has a symbolic "advantage" of having an advanced King. Morphy presses on with 43. a5, creating complications. After he establishes opposition, Black again survives by a hair by being able to play 45... a4! and 46... a5! All other moves lose.

Now the Kings dance around for a while and in search of complications, 51. Kg1?? And again by a hair, Black is winning. Especially unusual to win with a rook pawn.

So Morphy made 2 errors. 18. Qg4, going from a good to a drawn position. Then 51. Kg1, going from drawn to lost. And from move 18, Lowenthal played perfectly.

May-05-17  hudapri: Even when the great Morphy blunders it's instructive! And credit to *Loewenthal!
Dec-22-19
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  Telemus: Löwenthal's comment on 51.♔g1: <This deservedly loses the game.>
Feb-15-20
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  panafricain: Running this game through stock fish 11 64 popcnt it turns out that 30. Kh4 and 31. Kh5 played by Morphy are winning.

After 32. b3 ? The game is a draw. Morphy should have played 32.h4!! After 10mn, stockfish gives a +15 advantage to whites

Feb-15-20
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  panafricain: As already said in other posts, 51. Kg1 ?? is a blunder (-40 according to stockfish after a few seconds of analysis. After 90 seconds of analysis, blacks win with checkmate in 25 moves.
Feb-15-20  Carrots and Pizza: Morphy's middle game was phenomenal but his endgame is like mine, if you know what I mean.

<TheFocus: So you think Morphy would have been champion from 1850s to 1900s?>

I think Morphy would have been champion until Lasker came along. Lasker could play closed positions and endgames like a modern master. But who knows.

Feb-16-20  sudoplatov: 1 Morphy, Paul 2800
2 Anderssen, Adolf 2637
3 Löwenthal, Johann 2631

EDO's ratings for 1858. Löwenthal was a fair player himself. Morphy beat lots of high ranked players as well a winning a slew of games against NN.

Feb-16-20
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Morphy was leading 5-1 when he took his eye off the ball in this game. Not a Morphy fanboy excuse just adding we are talking about an uncharacteristic game from a different era by a complex character.

Morphy won the match and the £100 prize money, then spent £120 buying furniture for Lowenthal's family that had just moved into a new lodgings.

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"Morphy beat lots of high ranked players as well a winning a slew of games against NN."

In only a very few of these game v ranked players was Morphy allowed to display the 'Morphy Magic.' and it was this that Steinitz (and to a certain extent Alekhine) highlighted when discussing Morphy's games.

Paraphrasing Steinitz:

The highly praised games v N.N. are mere cartoons, it's the games v good players where his real strength is to be seen.

Steinitz then goes onto slaughtering all other writers on Morphy for failing to see this and were gushing and fawning over Morphy for all the wrong reasons.

He is probably correct but to me these cartoon games (Alekhine called them 'rattles') contain many instructive moments any student of the game would benefit from studying. The building blocks to create a solid foundation. Once absorbed you can, given the chance, produce similar wee gems yourself.

Ignoring them would leave gaps in your game, not to mention denying yourself the warm inner pleasure (Schadenfreude delight?) some of them give you.

***

Feb-16-20  sudoplatov: The mistakes (especially in the openings) made by weak players show why the main lines are the main lines.
Mar-16-20  Carrots and Pizza: <sally simpson: He is probably correct but to me these cartoon games (Alekhine called them 'rattles') contain many instructive moments any student of the game would benefit from studying. The building blocks to create a solid foundation. Once absorbed you can, given the chance, produce similar wee gems yourself.

Ignoring them would leave gaps in your game, not to mention denying yourself the warm inner pleasure (Schadenfreude delight?) some of them give you.>

I couldn't agree more! I still remember having my mind blown when I first played over Paulsen-Morphy where Morphy sacs the Q on f3. I used to try to guess the moves (I seriously overestimated my strength before I started reading chess books and playing over master games) and it just blew my mind. With Morphy, I just never knew when he was going to sac a piece. I still enjoy playing over his games.

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