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Paul Morphy vs Frederick Perrin
Casual game (1857), New York, NY USA, Oct-05
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. General (B44)  ·  1-0



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Jul-11-05  InspiredByMorphy: Morphy illustrates how important development is in this game. On move 19 the fireworks begin as Morphy has 5 developed pieces to black's two. It is also a fine illustration of how strong Qh5+ can be when the black king has no piece to interpose. The development goes hand in hand with this, as 22.Rxf5 was a small price to pay for the attack achieved.
Jul-11-05  fgh: It's bad you can't beat the Sicilian like this today, the najdorf sucks by the way! Black tried to wash his teeth,
Morphy's attack made him look so bleak.

Good poem :-)

Dec-01-05  Chopin: <fgh> <the najdorf sucks> Not when Fischer played it.
Feb-07-06  Bobak Zahmat: <fgh> The najorf Sicilian is very complicated opening, but it is certaintly of the best openings to attack White.
Feb-09-06  sirduke: 19.Bxf5 may have been a mistake. After 19.Bxf5 black's King finds a safe home on c7, with 19...gxf5 20.Qh5+ Kd7 21.Qxf5 Kc7 =. Better was bringing the Nd2 to g5 via f3 and exchanging on e6. In this way white secures the two bishops vs. N and B in an open position. I'm sure Morphy just wanted to open up the position and have at the fellow. Why play an endgame when you are Paul Morphy?!!
Feb-13-06  Bobak Zahmat: <sirduke> You are quite righ. Morphy games mostly do not last till the endgame :)
Feb-15-06  MorphyMatt: The Najdorf sucks. See Velimirovic vs Ljubojevic, 1972
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  playground player: The key to this victory is Morphy's concentration on opening up the h5-e8 diagonal for invasion by his Queen. He paid the price of admission and enjoyed the show!
Oct-04-07  SatelliteDan: <playground player> Well said. LOL
Aug-04-09  tentsewang: Pinning is one of Morphy's favorite character.
Apr-02-14  yureesystem: It always amaze me how Morphy is able to break through and win beautifully!
Aug-17-14  Ke2: great finish, never seen this pattern
Jul-24-16  talhal20: Can somebody say why did Morphy ply 14 bd3
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  keypusher: <talhal20: Can somebody say why did Morphy ply 14 bd3>

To open the queen's path to h5, and to threaten the pawn on h7 with the bishop.

If 14....0-0 15.Bxh7+ Kxh7 16.Qh5+ Kg8 17.Rf3 immediately doesn't seem to work, though.

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  MissScarlett: This game score appears in Lowenthal's <Morphy's Games of Chess> - a book prepared, at least in part, with Morphy's assistance - so I was surprised to find it featured in <Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper> of December 5th 1857 (apparently, with <Marache> as chess editor) with the prosaic ending, <26...Kd6 27.Bc5+ 1-0>. See:

Assuming this finish is correct, it raises the questions:

i) when was the prettified version first published?

ii) did the original score appear in print before December 5th?

I discover the 'improved' version appeared in Fiske/Morphy's <The Chess Monthly> of March 1858, p.81.

The <ILN> of January 9th 1858, p.43, had also carried the game but, frustratingly, only gave the finish as <25.e6+ And Black resigned.> Staunton had a habit of such curtailments, but it at least raises the possibility he was familiar with the <FLIN> version and he gracefully drew the curtain.

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  keypusher: < yureesystem: It always amaze me how Morphy is able to break through and win beautifully!>

Well, now we know why. He cheated.

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  jnpope: <i) when was the prettified version first published?>

My earliest source is also the Chess Monthly.

<ii) did the original score appear in print before December 5th?>

Yes, New York Clipper, Oct. 10, 1857:

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  Calli: <MissScarlett> All is revealed in Game Collection: Morphy New York 1857 - Non Tournament I believe the game ended with 25.e6+ Kd6.
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