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Paul Morphy vs Jean-Louis Preti
"Preti Easy" (game of the day Feb-23-2009)
Morphy Blindfold Simul 8b, Paris (1858) (blindfold), Paris FRA, Sep-27
Sicilian Defense: Morphy Gambit (B21)  ·  1-0



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Feb-23-09  theagenbiteofinwit: Why didn't Preti take the bishop on f7?
Feb-23-09  D4n: This is a really neat gambit.
Feb-23-09  Garech: I agree with Chopin, 3. ... e5 was definitely a mistake, it creates gaping holes in black's defence, most notably d5, which becomes an outpost square. I'll run the game thru fritz now, see what he thinks and post below.
Feb-23-09  A.G. Argent: <njchess - Scorching game from Morphy> A bit redundant, don't you think? Scorching and Morphy.
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: Preti easy to win if you are Morphy
Feb-23-09  xrt999: I think 3...e5 is a perfectly fine move, its 4...Bb4+ that sucks.
Feb-23-09  drleper: <NARC: This opening would be wonderful for screwing over sicilian theoriticians in internet blitz> Seems that way, but it's not forced, 3...Nc6 and business as usual. I find not that many Sicilian players are up for 3...e5
Feb-23-09  drleper: Actually if you check 3...e5 in the opening explorer on this site, it's been played 31 times, with a 71% win rate for white! Garech and Chopin are on the money.
Feb-23-09  Samagonka: Now that's what I call an all-out attack! Wonderful to watch.
Feb-23-09  AuN1: brilliant play from the legendary morphy.
Feb-23-09  chillowack: Vintage Morphy! I've noticed that he likes to bring the bishop to a3, so he'll often recapture on c3 with the pawn rather than the knight, despite the ensuing structural weakness.
Feb-23-09  wanabe2000: A "Preti" dish served cold.
Feb-23-09  Pawn Ambush: Somebody stop the's painful watching Preti repeatedly pinning himself.
Feb-24-09  kevin86: The bishops dominated this one-and that was long BEFORE Vatican II
May-28-09  Champ Chess Player: 3. ...e5 is not half bad. 4. Nxe5?? gets crushed by 4. ... Qa5+! winning a free knight.
Aug-17-09  tentsewang: Morphy had showed a true sheer beauty and power of Pinning in this phenomenal game. His brilliancy is unspeakable of defining it!
Feb-11-10  dzhafner: 4...Qc7 seems to throw a spoke in white's plan
Mar-26-11  Llawdogg: Wow! This was part of an eight game simultaneous blindfold exhibition at a Parisian cafe. Morphy's bishops were just vicious. I especially liked when they were next to each other on a3 and b3 slicing through Preti's position.
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  FSR: What a wonderful player Morphy was. Truly one of the greats.
Dec-17-11  James Bowman: I almost feel sorry for how soundly Morphy's opponents get thrashed, and then feel guilty at the same time for enjoying the carnage.
Feb-03-15  MindCtrol9: Worthy was a player that nobody could beat.He was just amazing.What a mind!!!
Feb-03-15  MindCtrol9: All his games look like he did not have any opposition.His opponents did not know how to figure out what he was thinking to do.The closer to him is M Tal.
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  kingscrusher: Brilliant game indeed - and an interesting alternate to the Smith-Morra Gambit - great maybe for online blitz as a surprise weapon of choice.
May-13-22  joeld: Black's move 10 and 11 - 10...Nc6 and 11...d6 - seem to be reversed. The Shibut book (and Del Rosario's book) have the moves in the opposite order.
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  MissScarlett: <Black's move 10 and 11 - 10...Nc6 and 11...d6 - seem to be reversed.>

Yes, that accords with the version printed in the <ILN> of October 16th, and appears here as an alternative version:

Note the <ILN> - which published all eight games together - ends with <24.Bxg4+>. The <Era> and <Field> gave some of the games - which, in their case, came directly from Morphy/Edge - but I don't think this was one of them.

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