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Paul Morphy vs Henri Baucher
"Paul Maul" (game of the day Dec-30-2016)
Blindfold simul, 8b (1858) (blindfold), Paris FRA, Sep-27
Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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Jan-12-09  njchess: It is amazing how Morphy retains the initiative throughout. Certainly the f6, Nh6 sequence is questionable but I'm not sure any of the alternatives are any more palatable. Black may have sought this position since Morphy was playing the simul blindfolded.

By 14. ... a5, Black is, without ever having any counter play whatsoever, just waiting to be shredded. Morphy ingeniously obliges.

Jan-12-09  D4n: Very nice rook sac.
Jan-12-09  kellmano: I really like Lowenthal's style of annotation:

' it allows the King's rook to be brought to bear on the adversary's intrenchments.'

Shame about all the typos.

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  kevin86: Another of Morphy's classics! I believe that Morphy combined the tactical thrust of Tal and the brainpower of a Kasparov.
Jan-12-09  jackpawn: In many ways I think most of us here can learn more from Morphy's games than more 'modern' games. Morphy's opponents made errors seen in weekend tournaments constantly, but seldom seen in GM games. Morphy shows how to punish such errors.
Jan-12-09  mworld: <Sularus: Isn't there another GOTD named PAUL MAUL? i believe it was played by KERES.>

i thought the same thing when I saw today's pun - i don't remember which game it was though.

Jan-12-09  wetpaste: Yeah, there is one of the same name I just found it here: Alekhine vs Leonhardt, 1910

cool game btw

Jan-12-09  patzer of patzers: <Sularus> and <mworld>, here it is: L Blumenoff vs Keres, 1933

Nice to know you go back rather far with chessgames and are still enjoying it!

Jan-12-09  patzer of patzers: Sorry, <wetpaste> posted while I was posting, so I didn't see it until I was finished. So now there are three games with the same nickname, though two are won by Paul and the other lost.
Jan-12-09  WhiteRook48: this is a Morphy masterpiece. He really "mauled" his opponent.
Jan-12-09  vanthanh42: good game !!!
Jan-12-09  GreenArrow: This game could carry a pun in a similar vein.
J Campbell vs Date, 1986
Mar-12-09  WhiteRook48: don't Maul me, Paul!
Jul-27-09  tentsewang: An unforgettable match with such daredevil accuracy displayed by mighty Morphy.
Jul-07-11  ahmadov: I played through this game on GTM, but only now I realize that this was a blindfold simul (I assume Black was playing normal)... Great play by Morphy, indeed...
Jul-07-11  ahmadov: I do not see any sense of playing 13...Rf7... Was his opponent trying to confuse Morphy by playing such a strange move?
May-05-16  talhal20: kevin86 has nicely summed up this game.
May-18-16  talhal20: Morphy haj variety of wayj to win a game even in blind cimul. What a player!!
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  Calli: Ben Finegold lecture
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Back when my age still remained in single digits, I used to play 7...Nf6, daring White to follow up with 8.Bxf6,Qxf6; 9.Qxf6,gxf6 and with play down the g and e files plus the Two Bishops. Probably unsound, but I was a schoolboy playing against other schoolboys.
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  morfishine: This stupid game title fails no matter what game you attach it to
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  offramp: <morfishine: This stupid game title fails no matter what game you attach it to>

Okay we all agree on that.

But I think I have discovered the source of the pun! There is a street in London called Pall Mall. It runs from Trafalgar Square along to St James's Palace. It is home to many Gentlemen's Clubs and to the Supreme Council 33.

It would seem to me that Pall Mall has a different pronunciation in England to in America. We pronounce it as if both words had one L: Pal Mal, very quick.

I believe Americans drag the vowels out: Poooorrrll Mooooorlll. Sounds really wacky.

Dec-30-16  The Kings Domain: Another impressive blindfold gem from the great Morphy.
Dec-30-16  waustad: <offramp> It was also the name of a brand of cigarettes.
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  perfidious: Black was summarily deBauched in this gem.
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