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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

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Dec-15-11  JoergWalter: <domdaniel> 5.f4 was a big mistake. Allows for Nh6 without any chance for f5. Further mistakes shorten the game but I think after f4 white's downfall is a matter of time.
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  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
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  yiotta: Good one, <morfishine>. I love the French, but I didn't know this wonderful game.
Apr-25-15
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  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
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  Phony Benoni: Obviously Morphy was not comfortable playing the French, and wanted to get it over with as soon as possible.
Mar-02-16
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  thegoodanarchist: Because I studied the grain morphology of copper interconnects in grad school, I really really enjoyed this GOTD title.
Mar-11-16
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  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.

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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
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  Zephyr10: <Phony Benoni: Obviously Morphy was not comfortable playing the French, and wanted to get it over with as soon as possible.>

lol!

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