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Paul Morphy vs Jules Arnous de Riviere
Paris (1863), Jan-08
Italian Game: Classical. Center Holding Variation (C53)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-15-05  RookFile: De Riviere actually had kind of the
right idea about the proper way to
play this opening. You notice how
he refuses to play ... exd4 and plays
a strong point defense, which in
principle is really quite correct.
So, he had the right idea, but his
execution is lacking. 10... Nd8 looks
like a time wasting maneuver, duly
punished by Morphy. 10.....0-0 is
certainly the most principled move.
Aug-16-05  Morphy Fan: why not 16 RxB?
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  tpstar: <Morphy Fan> 16 ... Rxh6?! 17. Ng5 wins the Queen for 2 pieces.

Instructive how Morphy won both exchanges.

Mar-09-08  JimmyVermeer: Yes, Morphy's 16th move was correct. I was curious as to why Sergeant's book says at White's 28th move Rh8+ and wins, then goes on to give the finish as Capthahn86 stated.

Black's 32nd move should have been Qxc7. The game would likely have continued: 32 ... Qxc7 33 Qg7+ Ke6 34 Qxc7 Be5 35 Qc8+ Nd7 36 Qe8+ Kf6 37 Qxd7 Kg5 38 Qf7 Bxb2 39 Kg3 Be5+ 40 f4+ Kh6 41 g5+ Kh5 42 Qh7#

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  heuristic: mo' better move
20...Qxg4+ 21.Qxg4 Nxg4 22.Nxh3 Kf7 23.f3
Aug-01-13  Maladetta: Such a sick game.
Aug-13-13  notyetagm: Morphy vs De Riviere, 1863

You can learn more <TACTICS> from this game than from reading a <TACTICS> book!

Morphy was da man!

Aug-13-13  notyetagm: Morphy vs De Riviere, 1863

Game Collection: MORPHY TEACHES TACTICS An incredible tactical tour de force by Paul Morphy

Aug-13-13  notyetagm: Morphy vs De Riviere, 1863

<Maladetta: Such a sick game.>

I have never seen a game like this before.

Morphy plays <TACTIC> after <TACTIC> after <TACTIC> after <TACTIC> after <TACTIC> ...

Aug-13-13  notyetagm: Morphy vs De Riviere, 1863

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15 ... ♕e7-e6?? <stalemated piece>

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Q. Black has just blundered by playing 15 ... ♕e7-e6??. <YOU CANNOT GO FORWARD IF YOU CANNOT GO BACK!>. That is a recipe for getting <TRAPPED>. If ony Morphy playing White could play ♘f3-g5, he would win the <TRAPPED> Black e6-queen. Only the Black h6-pawn <DEFENDER> prevents this, by <PROTECTING> the g5-sq. How did Morphy deal with this <DEFENDER>.


16 ♗c1xh6! <remove guard: g5-sq>

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16 ... ♖h8x♗h6 <illusory protection>

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17 ♘f3-g5 <trapped queen>

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