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Perigal / Pulling vs Wolf Meyer Popert
London (1840), London ENG
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Morphy Attack (C51)  ·  1-0



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Mar-22-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Fascinating old stuff.
Mar-22-07  sambo: I agree. I particularly like the final mating position in this one: 20...Kc8 21. Nf7+ Kb7 22. Bc6#
Apr-27-11  JoergWalter: Pretty game. The so called Morphy attack was played when Morphy was 3 years old. Walker gives this game as a consultation game of Perigal and P*ll**g vs. Popert in his "Chess Studies..." from 1844 (No.10 in section III of chapter X). The "expert" Tim Harding wrote in his Kibitzer column: "dated 1840 by the MegaBase 2003 (though I though it was 1851-2)". Well, that is what he thought but he could have (double-)checked his "thoughts" before publishing another instance of inaccurate research.
Jan-12-12  thomastonk: This game is published already in George Walker's The Philidorian, December 1837, p 36-37. No names, no date and no site are given, but the game continues 20.. Kd8 21. Nf7+ Kc7 22. Bd6#. Moreover, instead of the weak move 9... Nf6 the pin of the King's knight (9.. Bg4) is suggested.

Howard Staunton published the game 1847 in his The Chess-Players Handbook on page 139-40. He states that this is a consultation game between Perigal and Pulling as White against Popert.

Maybe someone like to correct the player names, the moves and the date. Since Pulling is still not in the database, I have collected some additional information.

Wellington Pulling lived from 1812 to 1866 (Oxford Companion to Chess). Howard Staunton states that he invented the move 4.. Qh4 in the Scotch already around 1836 (see Ill. London News Dec-7 1861 or May-30 1863). After his death, Staunton wrote about him : "The most rapid, and at the same time the most brilliant, English player of the last thirty years was Mr. Wellington Pulling, whose death, recently, will be regretted by all who knew him." (Ill. London News May-26 1866)

Jul-08-12  e4 resigns: Great game.
I would love to see annotations.
Aug-08-17  David2009: Here's the position before White sacrifices the exchange:

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The game continued 16. Rxe6+ fxe6 17. Ne5 Qc8 18. Re1 when Black blundered badly with 18...Nd5? allowing 19.Nxd5 opening up lines for attack. Crafty End Game Trainer defends with a6 or a5 and I can't find a win. Can anyone do better? Link:

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