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Paul Morphy vs C A Seguin
Blindfold simul, 8b (1858) (blindfold), Paris FRA, Sep-27
Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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

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Jun-23-05  prinsallan: Next to perfect play is not sufficient against a player like morphy. Looking at the endgame it felt like a draw but somehow he manages to win this one as well.

Can anyone tell me what mistake seguin made in the end, cause I can´t find it.

Jun-23-05  sneaky pete: You should look for mistakes in the early part of the game, black is clearly lost around move 20. One of 8 blindfold simultaneous games, played September 27, 1858, in the Cafe de la Regence. Morphy's play here may not be "brilliant" but is very efficient.
Jun-24-05  Calli: Morphy gets control of the center and presses home the advantage nicely. Looks like Black had to try 17...cxd4 and fight for some of those squares.
Jun-24-05  mynameisrandy: <An analysis of this move in extenso, by Herr Lowenthal, will be found in the January number of the 'Chess Monthly' of 1858.>

I shall quite look forward to it, Herr Lowenthal!

Aug-15-05  get Reti: This game was quoted in the quote of the day by lasker.
Nov-28-06  Kwesi: And again today
Mar-06-07  tonsillolith: I was surprised by this game in that at the end of Morphy's combination (typical. usually several small ones that combine to make an exciting climax) he only has a small (yet certainly sufficient) advantage. The reason I am surprised at this is because I have just started to get used to being surprised at what an <overwhelming> advantage he has by the effective end of the game. Most often Morphy's combination ends with what looks like will be a large material advantage but then he continues to play a couple more really strong moves (when I would have relaxed and began planning the endgame) and has either mate or such a material advantage that there really is no endgame. Wow. I started out studying Morphy but then moved on to other, more positional, players and now I am back to Morphy and even more impressed because of my increased knowledge of chess. Okay, enough praise for Morphy in <this> post.
Aug-05-09  birthtimes: Black's 18th move was a big mistake that Morphy immediately jumped on.

Because Black was not able to contest the open d-file in time, Morphy's rook on d1 was quickly able to penetrate to d7, thereby putting tremendous pressure on Black's b-pawn and queenside. Better for Black would have been 18...Bf8 keeping the d-file half-closed.

A masterful brush stroke by Morphy was 19. e5 which removed the two defenders of the d7 square so that White's rook on d1 could thereby occupy it and portend the beginning of the end...

Sep-19-20  Marcelo Bruno: Another error by Black: 24…Rxd7; 24…Rdc7 would be better, wouldn't it?

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