chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Alexander Beaufort Meek vs Paul Morphy
New Orleans (1855), New Orleans, LA USA
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. Saratt Variation (C44)  ·  0-1

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 191 times; par: 48 [what's this?]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 7 more A Meek/Morphy games
+ sac: 21...Rxg2+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you register a free account you will be able to create game collections and add games and notes to them. For more information on game collections, see our Help Page.

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]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
May-03-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Fwiw, 21...Bxg2 is mate in 4: 22.Qh8+ Kxh8 23.Bg5 Qxg5 24.b3 Nf3#
Sep-25-05  blingice: Good lord, Morphy.

Never, ever accept a sacrifice by Morphy.

Nov-06-05  Rohan: wow - i learn something every time i play a morphy game perhaps he was the greatest of all time
Nov-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: This game appears in Ludek Pachman's "Modern Chess Strategy", to illustrate the dangers of attacking in the opening without having a sufficient advantage.Black had done nothing wrong during the opening phase, so white's decision to play 14. Bxf7+, was a big mistake, because it shifted the equilibrium in favor of black.Once black had gained the initiative as a result,it all went downhill for white in a hurry.
Jan-28-06  morpstau: wow - i learn something every time i play a morphy game perhaps he was the greatest of all time
Jul-02-06  Helios727: I think 12.Nxf7 was the real goof.
Jul-03-06  RookFile: Well, sure it was. Notice something though. Lasker talked about this.

A champion boxer, when faced by a punch thrown by his opponent, just barely moves his head just enough to avoid the blow. Then he's punching right back in the face of his opponent. Contrast this with an amateur who shrinks back, and defends more than he has to, or runs.

Morphy played like the champion boxer in this game.

Feb-15-07  SBC: In 1855 the "normal" response to 5. Ng5 would have been 5...Ne5 which protects the f7 pawn and also attacks the c4 Bishop. However, there was a built-in trap inherent to that move - 6.Nxf7 Nxf7 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qxc5 where black will drop e4 and meanwhile his King's exposed and his Queen is locked to the pawn on c7 I even saw this sequence in a simul game by Tal.

Morphy avoided all this with a new, and unexpected, move - the clunky looking 5...Nh6 - a Knight- on-the-rim, soon to be a Knight-on-the-move.

Jun-21-07  Manic: <Helios727> sure 12.Nxf7 was not good, but at that point was there anything better? The real mistake is surely 11.Qh5?, and after 11...h6 both white's knight and bishop are under attack and only one can be saved.
Dec-23-07  nimh: Rybka 2.3.1 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Meek 6 mistakes:
11.Qh5 -1.63 (11.Bb3 -0.82)
12.Nxf7 -2.84 (12.Bb3 -1.91)
13.Qg6 -5.02 (13.Bb3 -2.81)
16.Nd5 -5.61 (16.Ne2 -4.39)
18.Qxb7 -10.77 (18.Be3 -5.50)
19.Ne7+ #13 (19.Nf4 -10.77)

Morphy no mistakes!

Jan-24-08  JimmyVermeer: Morphy played very impressively this time. He had a faster win on his 21st move though as WTHarvey rightly pointed out, so not sure if that qualifies as a "mistake". After all, a win is a win, regardless of the number of moves it took. From the point of view of a person trying to boost his rating, it's probably best to finish the game off quickly so you can get started on the next stunning victory.
Jun-11-11  lemonadepawn: @WTHarvey You assumed Meek was really dumb.
Nov-20-16  zadgjm: As a novice i can say that was a beautiful game. A gem.
Nov-21-16  ughaibu: But 5...Nh6 wasn't "a new, and unexpected, move". http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Feb-13-21  talhal20: This game is Morphy special. All over Morphy stamp on this game.Morphy is all about pins, checks, sacrifices and manoeuvres.
Feb-13-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: The Meek did not inherit the earth...
Feb-13-21  talhal20: This game is Morphy special. All over Morphy stamp on this game.Morphy is all about pins, checks, sacrifices and manoeuvres.

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: CLASSICAL. 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?]
Scotch Gambit. Saratt Var (C44) 0-1 Kside counter attack
from Pins Ins and Outs, ECO C 50s, 60s-90s by fredthebear
Scotch Gambit. Saratt Var (C44) 0-1 Kside counter attack
from Paul Morphy Conquered the World Says Fredthebear by demirchess
assorted Good games
by rbaglini
Scotch Gambit. Saratt Var (C44) 0-1 Kside counter attack
from yFredthebear's Knight Checkmate Patterns & Traps by fredthebear
Sacrificial Combo...
from Stunners by trh6upsz
zumakal blunders archivadas6
by zumakal
Scotch Gambit. Saratt Var (C44) 0-1 Kside counter attack
from Attacks a2/a7, b2/b7 and c2/c7 ECO C by FTB by Del ToRo
GAME CLV
from Morphy Lessons by superstoned
25 moves
from Chess Miniatures, Collection VIII by wwall
Tactics - 3
by Jaredfchess

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