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Charles Maurian vs Wilhelm Steinitz
New Orleans (1883), ?, rd 3
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Cozio Defense (C70)  ·  0-1



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  Joshka: wow, here we have Steinitz IN NEW ORLEANS playing Morphy's best friend, and they never got together to play chess? wow, really hard to fathom....Did Morphy ever venture to Europe again during the 1870"s?? Steinitz was playing all over there, London, Paris, Vienna, etc.
Mar-04-18  JPi: Frankly seeing this game I doubt that Morphy will not beat Steinitz. Charles Maurian was a good friend of Paul Morphy but surely not as good at chess. Paul giving odd of pawn and move to him speak itself.
Mar-16-19  par5vin: Obviously, neither Morphy nor Steinitz wanted to mar the others legacy - so to speak. For what other good reason would they have not played, especially that Steinitz visited New Orleans as well that Morphy visited Europe, etc.???
Oct-26-19  SymphonicKnight: 8.Qd3 was a complete waste of time, as well as losing pressure on g7. 8.Bb3 was better. However, there is no doubt that Steinitz valued space and time less than Morphy, and played with far more caution. It is remarkable how much Maurian improved against Morphy at Knight odds between 1866 and 1869. I'd estimate a 400 point rating increase, finishing about 300 points lower than Morphy in 1869. It is possible that he played many more games between 1869 and 1883, and improved some more. His performance rating against Steinitz based on scoring 1.5 out of 6 games, is about 180 less than Steinitz.
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  keypusher: <symphonic knight> Good observation. Maurian had the benefit of decades of practice against the 19th century version of Stockfish. :-)

It's my understanding that Morphy and Maurian continued playing at pawn-and-move odds into the early 1870s, but we don't have the scores. They stopped playing, Maurian said, because it became evident to him that Morphy no longer enjoyed it and was playing Maurian merely as an accommodation.

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