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Alexander Beaufort Meek vs Paul Morphy
1st American Chess Congress (1857), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Oct-13
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1



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May-24-06  EmperorAtahualpa: If 29.Rbd1, then 29...Rxd1 30.Rxd1 Ng5!, and White's bishop still falls.
Jul-31-06  lopium: Also 27...Qxb2 may be winning for black I think.
Apr-28-08  heuristic: This is game #1 of the second round (quaterfinals) of the American Chess Congress.
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  Vinpi: A rare Morphy's attack on the queenside.
Nov-04-10  TheVillageIdiot: Mr Meek was pretty Week.
Nov-04-10  Albertan: < TheVillageIdiot: Mr Meek was pretty Week.>

Hardly, I doubt you could last 30 moves against Morphy. I didn't last that many moves against GM Yermolinsky in a simul.

Apr-27-12  fokers13: Well seeing as he had an inferior position against a superior opponent from move 17...
May-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

A Meek vs Morphy, 1857.
Your score: 66 (par = 48)


Nov-17-13  AngeLa: similar theme Anand vs Carlsen, 2013
Mar-15-14  capafischer1: Morphy was so far ahead of his time as far as understanding open games and coordination of his pieces.
Jan-10-17  Nerwal: A good solid game by Morphy, especially 21... ♕d7; maybe his only serious slip is not to play the ♗ at b4 at move 18 or 21 (the later after a trade of rooks). Sadly White doesn't show a level of play higher than 1800 in this game. After the bad and submissive 22. ♘xe4 things are pretty much settled since White stays with the bad pieces on b2 and h3, and 27. ♕d1 doesn't save because of 27... ♕xf4 28. g3 ♕e4+ 29. f3 ♕c6, or even 28... ♕f5 29. ♕xa4 ♕f3+ 30. ♔g1 ♘g5 31. h4 ♘h3+ 32. ♔h2 ♘xf2.
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It's a little weird that Morphy didn't take the rook, but he probably felt that there was no reason to put up with even the ghost of the attack that follows 27....Qxb1 28.Nxe6.

I think that Morphy's strongest opponent in this tournament was boredom, with Louis Paulsen a close second.

Sep-14-19  sneaky pete: After 27... Qxb1 28.Nxe6 Qh7 29.Nxf8 Bxf8

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black has won <only> a Knight. The game continuation wins a Knight and 1 or 2 pawns, leaving the black pieces better placed. The Meek shall inherit nothing, Morphy must have thought.

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  keypusher: Disparaging Morphy, even implicitly, is the <sneaky pete> call. :-) White loses another piece after 27....Qxb1 28.Ne6 g5 29.Nxf8 Ra1 30.g3 Bxf8 with ...Ba3 coming up.

Incidentally, the engine's favorite move is 27....Ng5, rather than developing Meek's pieces for him with ...Bxf4. But of course I'm being silly; Morphy is winning at least a piece in any case. I maintain my position re the relative strength of his opponents in this tournament.

Jan-29-21  paulmorphy1969: strange that in New York Daily Tribune, 1857.10.14 (item 1) he speaks of a game played with 31st moves, as can be seen from this link: while all the books end with the 29th move
Jan-29-21  paulmorphy1969: After 27..Qxb1 28.Nxe6 Ng5 29.Nxf8 Ra1 30.g3 Qb5 31.Kg1 Qc4 32.Nd7 Rxc1 33.Rxc1 Qxc1 34.Kg2 Black win

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