Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Samuel Standidge Boden vs Paul Morphy
"Beast of Boden" (game of the day Jun-01-2013)
Casual game (1858), London ENG
Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



explore this opening
find similar games 10 more S Boden/Morphy games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If we are missing an important game, you can submit it (in PGN format) at our PGN Upload Utility.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-13-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Few final moves by the author of the Boden's mate were a true masterpiece! I especially enjoyed 36.g5, which really connects the attack of 2R+2B together in an outstanding fashion - causing the absolutely rare non-odds loss for Morphy.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pawn and Two: Boden's only win against Morphy in 11 known games. Morphy scored +6 -1 =4 against Boden.

P. W. Sergeant states in "Morphy's Games of Chess", that Morphy considered Boden to be the strongest of his English opponents.

Jun-04-09  WhiteRook48: just because of this?
Jun-04-09  AnalyzeThis: Boden's strategy with white is sometimes used on the white side of the king's indian these days.
Feb-12-11  Llawdogg: Wow! I never came across a Morphy loss before. People always tout his spectacular wins. This game was a cramped un-Morphy-like defeat. Well, I guess there always were and there always will be days like this. Momma said.
Jun-10-11  madlydeeply: isn't there some conspiracy theory wherefore Morphy threw a game in order to create interest (and betting) in the match? Morphy is's all about the dollahs dawg! arf!
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <madlydeeply: isn't there some conspiracy theory wherefore Morphy threw a game in order to create interest (and betting) in the match? Morphy is's all about the dollahs dawg! arf!>

Well, I guess there is such a conspiracy theory now. But it's a pretty silly one. This wasn't even a formal match. And I can't think of a chess master who was less interested in money than Morphy.

It's been suggested Morphy threw this game against Harrwitz so Harrwitz wouldn't be afraid to play him.

Harrwitz vs Morphy, 1858

Jun-10-11  madlydeeply: drat i get my conspiracies mixed up! there are so many! thanks for setting me straight kp! (hmm wasn't beetle bailey always on kp? circles within circles...plans within plans...)
Jun-01-13  Abdel Irada: <hmm wasn't beetle bailey always on kp?>

Could have been worse. If food had got really scarce, he might have had to face his worst culinary nightmare: Ground Zero.

Jun-01-13  Abdel Irada: Slightly outdated warning to Morphy: Beware Boden's bishops.

Jun-01-13  morfishine: FWIW: With all due credit to Boden, Morphy preferred 2...Nc6 (steering toward a Ruy, Scotch, or 3-Knights game) vs 2...d6

Since this was an informal game, and the Philidor defense was popular at the time, I wouldn't be surprised if Morphy agreed to play this defense before hand

Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Boden bodes well vs PM-but only here. It's only too bad that he couldn't mate Morphy with his famous queen sacrifice mate.
Jun-01-13  Snehalshekatkar: This is the only game by Morphy which I seen in which Morphy didn't follow opening principles. For example he chose closed Philidor defense and I don't understand move like Bd7 by him in this game.
Jun-01-13  offramp: Most of these old games are just one side getting himself into massive trouble then trying everything under the sun to get back to normal LOL!
Jun-01-13  RookFile: Bd7 was fine. He wants to hit the queen with ....Nc6 and have it run away, not give white the option of pinning the knight with Bb5.
Jun-01-13  RookFile: Should black have preferred 9....Ng4 10. Bf4 f5?

Milder alternatives would have been 9...Ne5 or 9.....Kh8 (idea of ...Ng8 and ...f5).

Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: 41...Kg7 42. Rh1 Nc4+ 43. Ke2 Nxd6 44. Bf7#.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <The possibilities of Morphy's genius have never been half revealed because only a very limited exercise of its powers has been sufficient to insure victory> - Samuel Standidge Boden (after losing to Morphy).
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <The possibilities of Morphy's genius have never been half revealed because only a very limited exercise of its powers has been sufficient to insure victory>

Source? I'm wondering whether this could be a back translation of something Boden wrote in <The Field> in July 1858 (as quoted by Lawson's book):

<He possesses a truly gigantic capacity for chess which was never fully called forth, because even its partial development sufficed to enable him to triumph over all opponents.>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
NOT SO FAST-this was Boden's party.
from Morphy's masterpieces by kevin86
Pure Morphy
by saveyougod
Boden's only win vs. Morphy
from Only by Penguincw
Morphy: A Modern Perspective
by monkeysbum
June 1: Beast of Boden
from Game of the Day 2013 by Phony Benoni
Gottschalk's favorite games
by Gottschalk
The Field, 1858.09.04; Illustrated London News, 1858.11.06
from Morphy - Boden series by MissScarlett
"Beast of Boden" Another Morphy loss
from Morphy game reviews by Jessejames by CompleteChess

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC