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Paul Morphy vs Jules Arnous de Riviere
Casual game (1858), Paris FRA
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Morphy Attack (C51)  ·  1-0



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May-04-07  Jack Kerouac: SLAUGHTER!
Jul-19-07  RookFile: You can say that again. De Riviere looks like he has no business even playing Morphy here.
Mar-03-08  JimmyVermeer: White can do Qh5# on his 27th move. De Riviere could have delayed mate a bit longer by playing differently on his 20th move: 20 Rd1 Bd4 21 Rxd4 Nxd4 22 Ne5+ Kxg5 23 Qe3+ Kf6 24 Ng4+ Kf5 25 Re5+ Qxe5 26 Qxe5+ Kg6 27 Qf6+ Kh5 28 h3 Nf5 29 Qxf5+ Kh4 30 Qf6+ Kh5 31 Qh6#

Morphy was clearly a stronger player than De Riviere, but you can't blame him for trying.

Sep-20-16  talhal20: Its pathetic for Riviere
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  MissScarlett: The <Field> of November 27th 1858 has this game ending <22. Qb1+ and Black resigned.>

Whence these alternate endings <22...Qf5 23. Nh4 Kxg5 24. Qxf5+ Kh6 25. g4 Bxf2+ 26. Kg2> and <22...Qf5 23. Nh4 Kh5 24. Qxf5 Bxf2 25. Kxf2>?

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  Aminda: 25. Qf4+ is mate in 4.
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  jnpope: <Paul Morphy. Skizze aus der Schachwelt.>, v2, Lange, 1859, pp21-22, ends 21...Bxd4 and "Weiss erzwingt das Matt in spätestens sechs Zügen" and then gives: 22.Qb1+ Qf5 23.Nh4 Kxg5 24.Qxf5+ Kh6 25.g4 Bxf2+ 26.Kg2 Beliebig 27.Qh5#.

I'm not sure where that second line originated.

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  jnpope: <The Book of the First American Chess Congress>, 1859, p525, <Morphy's games of chess, and Frere's problem tournament>, 1859, p60, <Paul Morphy's Match Games>, August 1859, pp96-97 and <Paul Morphy>, Maroczy, 1909, p228, all end 22.Qb1+ resigns.

<Choix des parties les plus remarquables jouees par Paul Morphy en Amerique>, 1859, pp121-122, <Chess Monthly>, May 1860, pp152-153, <Morphy's Games>, 1860, Appleton, p412 and <Morphy's Games>, 1860, Bohn, pp383-385, all end 22.Qb1+ and wins (in some form or another).

M. Arnous de Rivière was good enough to see the mate coming and probably resigned. I'd go with <The Field> unless an earlier French source turns up.

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