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Paul Morphy vs William Ridout Wills
Blindfold simul, 8b (1858) (blindfold), Birmingham ENG, Aug-27
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. General (B44)  ·  1-0



Annotations by Johann Jacob Loewenthal.      [28 more games annotated by Loewenthal]

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Kibitzer's Corner
May-10-05  Jaymthetactician: WOW! They knew about backward pawns back then!
Dec-01-05  Chopin: Morphy was also an excellent end game player.
May-06-07  wolfmaster: Morphy had a strong wills to win in this game.
Jan-07-08  JimmyVermeer: Philip Sergeant gives the name of Morphy's opponent as W.R. Wills, Hon. Secretary B.C.A., and one of the organizers of the Birmingham Congress, but gives it as A. Wills. Where did they get this information from?

I think it should also be noted that Morphy was blindfolded when he played this, and the exact date of the game is given as August 27, 1858.

Had Wills not resigned, his next move might have been either c5, e5, Rd3+, or Rd8. Any other move leads to a forced mate in 8 or less moves.

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  Calli: Full name: William Rideout Wills

I submitted the correction years ago and again recently but to no avail. CG likely copied it from Chessbase. Now I notice the name on Chessbase has warped into "Adrian Wills" who is the A Wills in this game M Al-Modiahki vs A Wills, 1988

Jan-08-08  JimmyVermeer: Wow, he played in 1858 and 1988? Longest chess career ever!
Jan-08-08  JimmyVermeer: This is why I dislike when chess books omit a player's first name.
Nov-07-09  WhiteRook48: ...Rd8 looks like it catches the h7-pawn
Sep-15-10  Damianx: Blind folded & playing several games BS he had an ear piece must of
Sep-15-10  morphy2010: of all the paul morphy games we kabitz thiad Ps game. What a waste of a player such as morphy, on this humble game. Sure the R
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  Domdaniel: <we kabitz thiad Ps game>

Oh, I'm sure we do. What?

< Sure the R>


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