chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Paul Morphy vs William Ridout Wills
Blindfold simul, 8b (1858) (blindfold), Birmingham ENG, Aug-27
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. General (B44)  ·  1-0

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

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

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 457 more games of Morphy
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: At the top of the page we display the common English name for the opening, followed by the ECO code (e.g. "B44"). The ECO codes are links that take you to opening pages.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

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 chessgames.com 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.

Jan-07-08  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
Nov-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <we kabitz thiad Ps game>

Oh, I'm sure we do. What?

< Sure the R>

Quite.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: BLINDFOLD. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
27.08.1858 (Illustrated London News, 1858.09.18, p.255)
from Blindfold Morphy by MissScarlett
Morphy Favorites
by chocobonbon
Simultaneous blindfold exhibition at Birmingham
by beerbelly
magnif study
from LIS SPECIAL COLLECTION by gmlisowitz
MORPHY'S BLINDFOLD SIMULS
by YLMF
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Var (B44) 1-0 Notes by J. Lowenthal
from Annotations e4 Various Authorities & Fredthebear by fredthebear
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Var (B44) 1-0 Notes by J. Lowenthal
from Annotations e4 Various Authorities & Fredthebear by mneuwirth
s
from paul morphy best games by fphaase
White - Sicilian: Morphy
by gaborn
Paul Morphy -The Great Chess Genius
by Timothy Glenn Forney
s
from paul morphy best games by brager
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Var (B44) 1-0 Notes by J. Lowenthal
from Annotations e4 Various Authorities & Fredthebear by Patca63
Game 29
from If chess was a religion, Morphy would be God. by Chopin
ANNOT
from endings by gmlisowitz
Paul Morphy -The Great Chess Genius
by Beatlesrob
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Var (B44) 1-0 Notes by J. Lowenthal
from Paul Morphy Conquered the World Says Fredthebear by fredthebear
Noted-n-Notable-Games of Morphy-n-Staunton
by saveyougod

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC