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Colonel Charles Dillingham Mead vs Paul Morphy
Casual (1857), New York
Clemenz Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1

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Jul-13-05  calman543: How does black proceed if white did not resign?
Jul-13-05  aw1988: Bc3 Rxh2 etc.
Jul-14-05  korger: <aw1988: Bc3 Rxh2 etc.>

That's a shallow analysis. And not correct either, since 27. ♗c3? leads to mate in 4: 27... ♕e6 (threatens 28... ♕g4#) 28. f5 (or 28. ♕xg7+ ♖xg7 29. ♗xg7 h5 and 30... ♕g4#), 28... ♕xf5+ 29. ♕f4 ♕d3+ 30. ♕e3 ♕xe3#.

Other bishop moves at move 27 meet similar fate. Instead, the best continuation for White forsakes the bishop, and tries to exchange the queens: 27. ♕xa7 ♖xb2 28. ♕a8+ ♕f8 29. ♕xf8+ ♔xf8 and with a rook up, Black wins the endgame easily, even if White can defer the end for a while.

Well, it was time White resigned, indeed.

Jul-14-05  euripides: The main objection to 27 Bc3 Rxh2 !? is 28 Qxg7 mate. It's probably White's best practical chance.
Jul-14-05  korger: <euripides> How true! I didn't even consider 27... ♖xh2??, as I figured 27... ♕e6 fared better. Better to give that checkmate than to take it! I'm sure Morphy would have agreed with this :)
Jul-14-05  mymt: <calman> as <euripides> pointed out 27.Bc3 saves the B & threatens mate,but could have trouble with 27. ...Qg6 & ...Qg4#. Against 27.Qxa7 with the idea of a back rank mate ...h5 makes a bolt hole, or you could swap off to an easy win like <korger> suggests.
Jul-14-05  aw1988: Good lord, missing a mate in 1. Sorry.
Jul-14-05  delterp: More of an Evans Gambit with colors reverse rather than a Vienna Game, as listed.
Apr-19-07  wolfmaster: Mead market:)
Oct-05-08  refutor: what's the source for this game? in megabase the moves are Mead,C - Morphy,P [A00]
New York New York, 1857

1.h3 e5 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bc5 4.Bc4 b5 5.Bxb5 c6 6.Ba4 0-0 7.Nge2 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.d4 exd4 10.Nxd4 Qb6 11.Nce2 Ba6 12.c3 Bxe2 13.Kxe2 Bxd4 14.Qxd4 Qa6+ 15.Kf3 Rc8 16.b3 Ne4 17.Bb2 Nc6 18.Bxc6 Rxc6 19.Ke3 Re8 20.Rhe1 Nxc3+ 21.Kf3 Rf6+ 22.Kg3 Qd6+ 23.f4 Ne2+ 24.Rxe2 Rxe2 25.Rf1 Rg6+ 26.Kf3 Rexg2 0-1

differences being the first move (1.h3 instead of 1.a3) and the last mvoe (26. ...Rexg2 with g2 being double protected intead of 26. ...Rgxg2)

also, sergeant's "morphy's games of chess" gives 1.P-KR3 (1.h3) and 26. ...KRxP (26. ...Rexg2)

Oct-05-08  sneaky pete: The black KR in this game moves h8-f8-c8xc6-f6 g6+ so Sergeant's 26... KRxP means 26... Rgxg2, when, with 1.h3 .. being the first move, after 27.Bc3 Qg6 threat 28... Qg3# would follow. A fair punishment for weakening the g3 square on move 1.
Sep-03-10  Elsinore: Leave the gambit. Take the cannoli's.
Dec-11-11  Garech: Reversed Evan's Gambit! Not often you see that - ironic that it was played against a Colonel... definitely a pun in there somewhere.

-Garech

Apr-21-12  AVRO38: I believe that this is the same Colonel Charles Mead that served in the JAG's office in New York, presiding over the courts-martial of Confederate sympathizers and other traitors.
Oct-25-14  princecharming: If White plays 27.Qxa7, Black has 27...Qc6!, threatening 28...d4#. If 28.Qb8+, 28...Re8 29.Qxe8 Qxe8 30.Kxg2 Qd2+ 31.Kg1 Qxb2 wins for White.
Dec-12-14
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  Domdaniel: A Reversed Evans?
Jul-14-15  princecharming: Or just 27...R6e3# haha...the score was corrected since my awfully redundant analysis way back when.
Jul-14-15  princecharming: Also I must have meant wins for Black
Oct-20-18  Yigor: Hahaha ...great!.. This is indeed the Reversed Evans gambit! ;)

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