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Paul Morphy vs William G Thomas
Blindfold simul, 4b (1859) (blindfold), Philadelphia, PA USA, Nov-11
Italian Game: General (C50)  ·  1-0

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Jul-08-05  THE pawn: if ke1, then 34.Qg8 ke7 35.Rf7 then black losing queen, or is there a quick mating net? Help...I'm not that good you know!
Aug-24-05  Jgamazo: To answer your question : 33. ... Ke8
34.Qg6+ Kd8 35. Rf8+ Qe86 36.Qxe8#
Jan-14-06  blingice: Thomas must've been a better player. The majority of Morphy's opponenets NEVER resign, even if it's an obvious unavoidable mate. Thomas apparently saw this mate that <Jgamazo> mentioned. More applause to Morphy to see it.
Jan-14-06  SBC: <blingice> <chessgames.com>

This game is more interesting than it might first seem.

This game was played on November 11, 1859 in Philadelphia (not London, as stated) at a charity event being held at the Academy of Music for the benefit of purchacing, restoring and preserving Mt. Vernon. Morphy's opponent was William G. Thomas - Morphy had previously played and lost two games at knight odds against Thomas, then won two games from Thomas at pawn & two move odds, so Thomas was indeed a good player. A few days later Morphy again played William Thomas two games at knight odds but with the provision that Thomas answer 1.e4 with 1....e5. Morphy won both those game.

Morphy, because of the chartable nature of the event, violated his own decision not to give any more blindfold demonstrations. This game was one of a four-board blind-simul (the other three board were held by B. C. Tilghman, Samuel Smyth,and Samuel Lewis). Morphy won all four games.

Afterwards, Morphy played W. G. Thomas two more games at knight-odds, drawing the first and winning the second.

Jan-14-06  SBC: To put things into some perspective - when Morphy played this game on Nov. 11, 1859, he had just left New York/Boston where he had been wined and dined, honored and feted relentlessly for months. When the folks in Philly learned that Morphy would be passing through, they planned their own Morphy party, but Morphy declined, upsetting those folks who felt they were being slighted or snubbed. Actually, Morphy was getting mortally tired of such things as well as being forced to play chess, and to play brilliantly on every occasion, wherever he went and of being honored out of proportion for an accomplishment he really didn't consider of grave importance. Morphy did agree to meet with the chess-players of the Athenaeum - afterall, Hardman Philips Montgomery, the best of the group, had briefly participated in the 1st American Chess Congress (however, when Morphy and Montgomery sat down to play in Phila., Morphy wouldn't play even and Montomery wouldn't accept odds - so the game never happened). I would be just a couple of months after this game that Morphy would retire from public chess. (As far as blindfold simuls go, Morphy did play, I believe off-hand, at least two more - one in New Orleans and one in Cuba)
Jan-14-06  aw1988: SBC, your research is overpowering; much thanks.
Feb-23-09  heuristic: 1890 annotators panned 3...d6, commenting "gives an inferior game" 13...0-0 was also preferred, but indicated that Thomas was intimidated!

not a pretty game, but lots of complications

interesting alternatives:
8.Bd3 b5 9.Qc2 Be6 10.0-0 Ng4

19...h4 20.Rfe1 Rh5 21.Rac1 Rxd5 22.Qh7

21...0-0 22.Bh6 dxc5 23.Qc3 f6 24.Bxf8

22.Ne4 Rh5 23.Qb2 dxc5 24.d6 Bxd6

23.Rac1 Bf5 24.Qd1 Bg5 25.cxd6 Qa5
23.c6 Bf5 24.Ne4 h3 25.Qd2 Bxe4

24.Ra1 gxh2+ 25.Kh1 Qd7 26.c6 Qd8

25.Qf3 gxh2+ 26.Kh1 Rf5 27.Qg3 Bf6

25...dxc5 26.Rac1 Qd8 27.Bxc5 Bxc5+ 28.Rxc5

Feb-24-09  whitebeach: Just as a point of curiosity, I wonder how many who post here have played blindfold. I've played exactly two blindfold games in my life (one was actually a mutual blindfold). I won both, but that's no big deal, as my opponents were C or, at most, B level.

The point? I don't know, maybe it's that if a patzer like me can win blindfold, it's no surprise that Morphy could. But still . . . playing four capable opponents blindfold . . .

Anyway, would like to hear anyone's modern-day blindfold chess experience.

Feb-24-09  DarthStapler: I played blindfold once, I even played a combination at move 15 or so, but I lost sight of the board at around move 20. I'm better now than I was back then, though.
Sep-22-20  paulmorphy1969: does anyone know the full name William G? Thomas. G stands for ????
Mar-17-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: When this game appeared in the <New York Clipper> of November 26th 1859, it was credited to the <Sunday Transcript>, evidently the <Philadelphia Sunday Transcript>.

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