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Paul Morphy vs Samuel Standidge Boden
Casual game (1858), London ENG
Scotch Game: Haxo Gambit (C45)  ·  1-0



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Mar-02-06  Calli: Morphy gets three connected pawns on the seventh rank like the famous Labourdonnais game. I tend to think that a strong player like Boden would have resigned before the mate, however.
Sep-15-08  soberknight: In 1858 it wasn't conventional to resign before the mate. Even today it doesn't always happen.
Sep-15-08  Calli: Some Morphy books (Maroczy and Lange) end at 35.f6+ while Lawson goes on to mate. I don't know the original publication.
Sep-15-08  AnalyzeThis: Boden must have been completely shocked when Morphy played 23. Nxg6!! rather than 23. f5 entombing his bishop.
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  kevin86: It seems that fewer people resigned in the past that now. It is almost an unforgivable faux pas to be mated today.

Morphy score with three pawns on the seventh,just one move before the mate.

Nov-11-09  tentsewang: Morphy played this strong player of the time like playing with a little kid or something. Its just awe inspiring to watch some of the best games recorded on earth.
Feb-27-11  redorc19: A true pawn phalanx!!
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  HeMateMe: I don't think Boden would ever have been awarded the GM title.
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  madlydeeply: y'know, if it was 1858, then it would be easy to gather Morphy's knowledge... simply kill him and eat his brain! unfortunately, i do not have this option, so i must instead contemplate the position of 22....Kg7 and wonder why, as Karpov says, "Black must perish due to the weakness of the g6 pawn" (FindTheRightPlanWithAnatolyKarpov). Hmm. Ahh. Ommm.
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  madlydeeply: Karpov also says "The pawn chain- a formidable weapon, Philidor's discovery- im Morphy's games acquired a new quality: speed". Fun! I will now dedicate my next fifty fics blitz games to mobile pawn chains. If i fail to understand, then i will fine Morphy's preserved brain and eat it! Unless Karpov has done so already.... Ah! I'll eat Karpov's brain! Last known address anyone?
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  madlydeeply: One more thing...when is the queen truly happy? i think its after four pawns have been exchanged and two sets of minor pieces...thats when things open up and stretch out and she can do her femmy forkalicious frolic.
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  madlydeeply: there is something else going on here.... after 23 Nxg6 the black king is stranded, plus he's tied to g6, and the closest assistance to the g6 weakness is two tempi away... so, in a sense, this exchange gains tempi, as long as it is accompanied by an attack (with bishop and queen) on g6... allowing the pawns to swarm in! This is just lovely! It reminds me of this suppressed ufo video i just saw:

around 5:50. Clearly UFOs were inspired by the Morphy/Boden match!

Sep-04-12  Llawdogg: Trips on the seventh.
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  MissScarlett: <Some Morphy books (Maroczy and Lange) end at 35.f6+ while Lawson goes on to mate. I don't know the original publication.>

Upon <35.f6+>, Staunton in the <ILN> of July 24th 1858, p.89, <And Black struck his colours.>

May-29-21  Zephyr10: What exactly is the long version, after 35. f6+ ?
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  MissScarlett: See Morphy vs S Boden, 1858 [analysis]

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