chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
James McConnell vs Paul Morphy
"Applied Morphology" (game of the day Mar-02-2016)
New Orleans (1850), New Orleans, LA USA
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02)  ·  0-1

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 477 times; par: 19 [what's this?]

Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 7 more J McConnell/Morphy games
sac: 11...Bxb4+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Some people don't like to know the result of the game in advance. This can be done by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page, then checking "Don't show game results".

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Feb-10-12  Naniwazu: All those pawn moves in the opening (5. f4, 7. a3, 8. b4) wastes a lot of time.
May-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF MORPHY.
Your score: 25 (par = 19)

LTJ

Aug-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: According to Sergeant, this is the only known example of Morphy playing the French defense. Makes sense from the result: Morphy appears confused, checkmating the White Queen instead of the King!
Sep-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  yiotta: Good one, <morfishine>. I love the French, but I didn't know this wonderful game.
Apr-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: Morphy connects with the spirit of Nimzowitsch...36 years prior to Nimzo's birth. This game is a quick crash course in positional and tactical chess in a tidy 14 moves.
Jan-29-16  juanhernandez: them bcoz friendship is not an opportunity its a
sweet responsibility.
Mar-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Obviously Morphy was not comfortable playing the French, and wanted to get it over with as soon as possible.
Mar-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: White is making pawn moves while Morphy is getting pieces out. And you just know that it's going to hurt. A lot.

An astonishingly mature French for 1850. I am not so sure that I would criticise white for 5. f4. It's not a great move, but it does have some logic. White wants to support his pawn centre if/when black nibbles away at it with c5 and f6.

White's bigger problem is that he made too many pawn moves and didn't develop his pieces. For me, <domdaniel>'s comments are spot on.

Mar-02-16  The Kings Domain: Nice to have a Morphy as game of the day. It's always fascinating to chart the progress of a prodigy.
Mar-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: A complete thrashing by PM. The queen is harassed at home and has no place to go!
Mar-02-16  dark.horse: A rather comical finish.
Mar-02-16  mruknowwho: I smelled trouble for White as soon as he played 5.f4. This happens quite often in Chess, at least at the amateur level; Somebody tries to overwhelm the board with pawns and then the opposing player gets through the pawn wave and everything goes downhill.
Mar-02-16  RookFile: 12 or 13, something like this. Try and find a move of Morphy's that is not completely modern.
Mar-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: When no less a figure than Botvinnik praises Morphy's conduct of open play and posits that no significant improvements have been made by masters in that branch of the game since his time, not much more to say.
Mar-02-16  newhampshireboy: This was a murder! Morphy was incredible.
Mar-11-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Because I studied the grain morphology of copper interconnects in grad school, I really really enjoyed this GOTD title.
Mar-11-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Usually, if you are playing the French, you only lose when you castle.

But often players in the mid-1800s only lost because they were playing Morphy.

Mar-19-16  caligula64: Cool f4 move!
Jul-22-16  KID Slayer: My favorite player from the 19th century, Morphy, uses my favorite opening, the French, on a rare occasion. Quite the demolition from a guy who favored the Open Game and rarely ventured into the French (in less than 15 moves!).
Jun-16-17  zanzibar: Let's not forget that the one time Morphy played the French was when he was 13.

Ah, the indiscretions of youth!

<"The king to pawn one sneak" as Walker derisively styled the French Defense...>

Not sure how exact the 1850 date really is though - supposedly this game was first published in the NO Times Democrat shortly after Morphy's death.

.

Dec-06-17  schnarre: ...Rarely see Morphy playing moves like 7...Nh6, but love how he combines it with his Queenside attack for victory!
Sep-15-18  romancitog: Morphy was blessed by almighty God.
Jan-29-19  Violin sonata: Checkmate the queen!!! What a game!!
Jul-05-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Zephyr10: <Phony Benoni: Obviously Morphy was not comfortable playing the French, and wanted to get it over with as soon as possible.>

lol!

Jun-24-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  sea7kenp: Interesting idea <OBIT>: Morphy wanted to Play 1 ... e5 but missed the square? But then, he plays good enough to win the Game!
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

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.

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 Chessgames.com, 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?]
Morphy Favorites
by chocobonbon
Game 265
from 500 Master Games of Chess by smarticecream
Queen mated
from Learn from the Masters-Middlegames (Strategy) by vsadek
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02) 0-1 Q trap
from yKnights Add Spice I Gives Fredthebear Heartburn by fredthebear
Morphy's only French
from Fun with the French Compiled by Yiotta + Links by fredthebear
Sacrificed pawn's favorite games
by kishchess
Beautiful short game; French Defense Advanced
from StormCoat's favorite games by StormCoat
Blitzpartien
by shakespeare
11; Make as few pawn moves as possible.
from A First Book of Morphy by Incremental
Queen mate
from French Connection by Retarf
Queenmate
by sleepyirv
Emacape's favorite games
by Emacape
kayleff's favorite games
by kayleff
Too many pawn moves in opening; Rook on open file, Rook to 7th
from Cosho917's favorite games by Cosho917

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 2001-2020, Chessgames Services LLC