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George Webb Medley vs Augustus Mongredien
Casual Game (1858), London ENG
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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  wwall: 27...Rxe6 looks wrong. Perhaps best is 27...Re7

After 30.Rdf1, White threatens 31.Rxg7 Rxg7 32.Rf7

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  beatgiant: <wwall>
<Perhaps best is 27...Re7> Interesting situation. I suspect White still wins with his big pressure on the long diagonal.

One try is 27...Re7 28. f6, for example 28... gxf6 29. gxf6 Rxe6 30. Rxd5! cxd5 31. f7+ Nf6 32. Rxf6 Kg7 33. Rxe6+ Kxf7 34. Rh6, etc. which looks like a win.

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  Big Pawn: This bum whooped Paul Morphy! His bio says he lot a match to Morphy +2 -3 =0, which means it was very close. I always read about how Barnes was Morphy's toughest opponent, though I think a case can be made for Harrwitz, but this guy Medley gave a good showing for himself too.
Sep-23-19  sneaky pete: Who invented this game?
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  MissScarlett: Cor blimey! I've been rumbled...
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  MissScarlett: This does indeed turn out to be a spurious Morphy game. Chapter 26 of Lawson's <Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess> discusses the authenticity of the few disputed games.

<The doubtful Medley game first appeared in the London <Era> of January 2, 1859, as a Medley-M game. Very evidently the "M" stood for Mongredien and not for Morphy, for Mongredien was mentioned in the notes to the game, and it never appeared on any list of Morphy games at the time.> (Kindle ed., ULPress, 2010)

Here's the relevant section of the January 2nd column (p.5):

<We have lately, through the kindness of Mr. Medley, the Honorary Secretary of this club, had several fine games placed at our disposal illustrative of the attack in the Evans Gambit, which we shall from time to time lay before our readers. The members of the London Club now practise their favourite game with much energy and spirit, and Herr Lowenthal has accepted an invitation to be present each Friday evening, and enjoy a contest with Mr. Mongredien, one of its strongest players, during the winter season.>

Then comes the game. Whilst I accept that Lawson is likely correct to equate <Mr. M> with Mongredien, it's not quite as explicit as he proposes. Mongredien's name features in the (above) introduction to the game but not the <notes to the game>, as we now understand the term.

Noteworthy too is that a Morphy game, the second match game with Anderssen, appears in the same column, tagged as <Mr.A.> - <Mr.M.>. Could a conflation of the names be the simple explanation of how this game came to be misattributed to Morphy?

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