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Paul Morphy vs James Thompson
1st American Chess Congress (1857), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Oct-06
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. General (B44)  ·  1-0



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Jul-11-05  InspiredByMorphy: I think it is safe to say that Thompson wanted to play aggressively in this game, and did so by playing 7. ...d5 , but in an open position like this Morphy simply thrived. 8.Bb5 was a sneaky move of which Thompson probably didnt expect. The move obviously had a psychological effect as black could have responded with 8. ...dxe4 . The position would still be even but the text move won a pawn for white from which black would never recover.
Jul-05-07  frank124c: This game illustrates the basic principle that once you have a pawn advantage you exchange pieces and push the passed pawn.
Jan-02-08  JimmyVermeer: This was actually the 2nd game between Thompson and Morphy in round 1 of the American Chess Congress. According to Philip Sergeant, the exact date is October 7, 1857. The event is listed as "Casual". Is there a way to update this?
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  Calli: Sergeant is wrong about the date. Both the tournament book and David Lawson report that PM and Thompson played their first two games on Oct 6.
Jan-02-08  JimmyVermeer: Where can I find this tournament book online?
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An electronic copy on Google Books is not viewable. There in no good reason for this since it is long out of copyright.

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  ketchuplover: I like 23...R4e2
Oct-17-09  WhiteRook48: 23...R4e2 is not that dangerous
Dec-07-10  James Bowman: It appeared to me as if Mr Morphy resigned himsef to playing a winning endgame from the outset, methodicaly exchanging pieces towards that end. Remove Morphy and insert Capablanca and none would be the wiser?
Jul-26-14  Ke2: morphy's conversions are always so clean
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