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Paul Morphy vs Jules Arnous de Riviere
"An American in Paris" (game of the day Mar-12-2023)
Casual game (1863), Paris FRA, Jan-08
Italian Game: Classical. Center Holding Variation (C53)  ·  1-0



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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#

Mar-27-09  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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Oct-17-20  paulmorphy1969: Morphy in 1863 played with Jules Arnous De Rivier a first series of 3 friendly games which he lost all three then a series of 6 games which won all 6 this is the 2th game of this series of 6
Mar-10-23  ZoneChess: This is one of my Top 5 favorite Morphy games. Why hasn't it been given a nickname/GOTD yet?

Something like 'Drowned in his own Riviere'

Also, it's amazing that almost all of Morphy's moves are alternating between light squares and dark squares, the total amount almost equal. Such immaculate control.

Mar-12-23  thegoodanarchist: <ZoneChess: This is one of my Top 5 favorite Morphy games. Why hasn't it been given a nickname/GOTD yet?>

Ask, and ye shall receive!

Also, black appears to have been not even of FM strength, based on the tactics involved.

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  offramp: Morphy would have been at home in Paris; he was a Cajun and he was bought up with cornbread and gumbo with <mouffette>.

The Parisians were charmed by the New Worlder. Morphy wear a homemade wicker hat, and he usually had string gaiters tied under his knees, and strummed his banjo during the games. He would greet opponent's moves with a hearty "Yuk yuk yuk!"

He was quite a sensation in Paris.

Mar-12-23  mrknightly: Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Mar-12-23  goodevans: Black's 20th would make a great puzzle.

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Obviously de Riviere didn't solve it.

Mar-12-23  goodevans: <Black's 20th would make a great puzzle.>

... and whilst 20...Qxg4 21.Qxg4 Nxh3 is considerably better than what was played, there's something better still.

Mar-12-23  Jegar Sahadutha: Bishop in a quandary I it was galbanum flavorful pastry-x Sistine Chapel under Filipino Molotov Cocktail resurrected intestines congealed avocado Leonard Nemoy - Operation Barbarossa. Cataclysmic pineapple daiquiri freewheeling potato plant fajoobabalindenblip. Venezuelan Binomial Ketchup container Ronald Reagan CP>V^. Karate Sponge in a pepperoni pizza Kasparov is RUFFLES HAVE RIDGES
Mar-12-23  Jegar Sahadutha: Hark, sacred couriers of Saskatoon Motel.
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  offramp: <Jegar Sahadutha: Hark, sacred couriers of Saskatoon Motel.>

🤣😍That's a good one!

Mar-12-23  Jegar Sahadutha: Fickle raindrops postulate indubitably under the yoke of salacious lobotomized onion ring.
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  offramp: User: Jegar Sahadutha funny I had some onion rings last night.
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  jnpope: Is <Jegar Sahadutha> related to <chrisowen> or is this just a <chrisowen> parody account?

Or perhaps both need to seek help for aphasia?

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  FSR: <jnpope: Is <Jegar Sahadutha> related to <chrisowen> or is this just a <chrisowen> parody account?>

Apparently the latter. <Jegar Sahadutha>'s user profile shows that his account was only opened on February 10, 2023. His first comment, on March 9, 2023, was:

<I never thought I would live to see the day a GOTD was named in honor of chrisowen.>

Jegar's comment was made to A Braun vs S Siebrecht, 2005, after it became GOTD using the pun <Braun Over Brain>. The genesis of the pun was evidently an uncharacteristically lucid comment <chrisowen> had made on December 27, 2009 that began <Sad case of Braun over brain.>

This episode, it seems, inspired <Jegar Sahadutha>. His aforementioned comment <I never thought I would live to see the day a GOTD was named in honor of chrisowen.> was the first and last "normal" one he has made.

Mar-12-23  BxChess: <goodevans:> Do you mean 20...Rd3 21. Qxd3 Qxg4+ 22. Qg3 Qxg3+ 23. fxg3 Nh5, which leaves black down the exchange?
Mar-12-23  Jegar Sahadutha: True — we shall not return to the heartland, for the heartland hath forsaken us. Rise! Rise, vaunted shipmen; your time is come, and with it sacral vestments. Slay the serpent, moor the ship; repast on all gifts divine. But in your exultation, may your heart hold fast; forsake not the heartland whence you came.
Mar-13-23  goodevans: <BxChess> Apologies for the tardy response. That wasn't what I had in mind.

It stems from the fact that if Black moves his Q (other than 20...Qxg4+) then White takes the N on f6 so why not move the N instead.


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After 21.Nxe6 Nxe6 White's B is trapped so Black will end up with three pieces for the Q and a roughly equal position.

Worse for White would be 21.Nxh3? since 21...Qe7 would win a piece (22.Bh6 Qh4).

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