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



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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!!
Sep-30-16  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.
Dec-30-16  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.
Mar-09-23  AlekhineSyndrome: Another of Morphy's classics! I believe that Morphy combined the tactical thrust of Tal and the brainpower of a Kasparov.

how did Morphy do that 150 years before they existed?

Mar-30-23  arctos horribilis: Is <CG> sure this was Baucher and not Boucher?
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  jnpope: Reasonably certain:

It looks like Staunton originally gave Boucher and a number of sources followed his lead. But the French sources favor Baucher:

Apr-01-23  Amarande: <gauer: Can anyone help black find some defensive improvements to his set-up, or this Steinitzian-like defensive method of buckling down for the attack shot down before where Lowenthal thinks the position is lost?>

21 ... Bd7 seems to be the lemon. Consistent with the plan, but overlooking 23 Qd2 with the deep double attack against d7/h6 (easier to miss than you think, especially if you thought the threats were just both queen captures: BxN seems to cover Qxh6 just fine, right? Except Rxh6 is also threatened, when the Knight isn't needed because the Queen will come just in time to cover g7).

A different move would have held out longer and judging by the Rybka analysis earlier in this thread, perhaps have staved off loss, though fighting on at even -1.5 against Morphy is a pretty depressing idea.

On the other hand, the Stockfish analysis of one of the draws in this same simul indicates that Morphy had just such an advantage at one point and blew it (it's probably heresy in the chess community, but Morphy was good but not really AS good as he's usually lionized as. He likely benefited from the infancy of theory at the time, a feeling not too different from the one I often get in the video game world, where also being "good but not perfect" has developed a distinctly meh nature as analysis finds the One True Way for what often feels like everything, save for mainly cases where chance borders on entirely overpowering skill).

<jnpope:> Sergeant also settled on "Baucher" and it seems as if his accounts of Morphy are in the main correct (apart from a few analytical errors as were common in pre-computer era books, and for mistakenly attributing the Dr. A. P. Ford(e) game as a Paul win when, apparently, it was an Ernest victory), so I'm inclined to agree here.

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