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Paul Morphy vs William Potier
Blindfold simul, 8b (1858) (blindfold), Paris FRA, Sep-27
Bishop's Opening: Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit (C27)  ·  1-0

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Jul-14-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Lowenthal said it right, that games like this made Morphy so famous. That's certainly a 20th-Century-type-of-play.
Jun-22-08
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  Calli: Of 23...Nxd5! , the Modern Chess Instructor states:

"Highly ingenious and, considering that White was playing this blindfolded along with seven other games, the combination initiated by this move belongs to the finest pieces of Chess Strategy." -- -- Steinitz

Jul-30-09  tentsewang: If White bishop was taken in 24. Nxd5 then would had checkmated with 25. Rxg7# Morphy, you are truly an inspiration.
Jul-30-09  tentsewang: 25.R7xf6+ Be6 26.Bxe6# I have noticed many times that Morphy defeats his adversary through more resignation than checkmate.
Oct-17-09  tentsewang: Sorry for the flaw info. I provided b/c the knight would take the white squared bishop and its not a double check. Anyway Morphy had an evident advantage to whom he would soon mate.
Jul-26-18  PaulMeysman: PM is an Original player
Jul-06-19
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  MissScarlett: Does Lowenthal's book (or other contemporary source) give <Potier>? Boden in the <Field> of October 9th, p.294, has <Poitier>, and the source of the games he prints from the Paris blindfold is Morphy himself.
Jul-06-19  jnpope: The Syracuse Daily Standard (1858.12.10), Frere's book (p112), Lange (v2, p9), Stanley (p42), Lowenthal (Appleton ed., p 222), and Lowenthal (Bohn ed., p197) all give Potier.

Preti (p91) gives Poitier.

Jul-06-19  jnpope: Now stop bothering me! I'm supposed to be diligently indexing vol. 2 of the Pillsbury manuscript!!

;-)

Jul-07-19
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  MissScarlett: Perhaps it would have been better to ask, does any contemporary source - apart from the <Field> - not give <Potier>?

Given that Jean-Louis Preti also took part in the blindfold exhibition and was a fixture at the <La Regence>, meaning he probably knew Po(i)tier well, one is tempted to assign his version greater weight (assuming, that is, his editor/printer wasn't responsible for the change...).

Looking at the early British newspaper accounts, we find <Potier> in all of them (excepting the <Field>), but most are simply reprints. The <Globe> of September 30th, p.4, however, reveals its source - <Galignani>. From Harding's <Eminent Victorian Chess Players>, we learn that this apparently refers to <[a]n English-language newspaper published in Paris, Galignani's Messenger>.

So far, so uncertain - next question, where does the <William> come from?

Jul-07-19  jnpope: Le Monde Illustre, 1858.10.16, p256 gives Potier (article at bottom of page). I'm inclined to think Preti's "Poitier" is a typo at this point.

https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/b...

Page 249 gives the famous image of the event.

Finding the source for "William" will take more time.

Jul-07-19  jnpope: I did a quick search of the Google archives and the oldest page with "William Potier" that turned up was this very chessgames.com page (dated Jan 15, 2006).

I tried using archive.org to seek out other sources and it looks like it may have been introduced by way of a PGN file of Morphy's games (so any schlub could have added this first name into the Morphy canon).

At this point, after spending all of an hour in investigation, I find no reputable origin for William. My best guess is someone saw William Potter in an historical games database and mistakenly assigned to Potier the first name of "William".

Jul-07-19
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  MissScarlett: <Sidney Potter...you know...always plays the black fella.>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeJ...

Jul-07-19  jnpope: That's awesome. I miss British sitcoms... that reminds me I need to re-watch Chef! and The Young Ones (RIP Rik Mayall).

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