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Henri Baucher vs Paul Morphy
Casual game (1858), Paris FRA, Oct-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Defense (C39)  ·  0-1



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Jan-26-04  InspiredByMorphy: Well played by Morphy. Its too bad we only have this one example of his treatment to it as black. I noticed that when he played it as white later, he played 16.Qxf7 One of the many reasons Morphy is so smart because he learned from his opponent.
May-12-04  Pawn: I agree, in this position 16.Qxf7 is imperative for whites success.
Jul-14-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Inspired, can we be sure from the database that this game came before the one you refer to where Morphy had white (v Anderssen, 1858)?

Whichever came first, it is a great example of advanced opening theory for the mid-19th century, when the games are the same up until move 16 - rather more like today's super-GMs than one would expect from so long ago. Either way, yes, Morphy clearly studied the first game and came up with an improvement.

Sep-04-05  Blitz4265: Very good game by morphy
Jun-06-06  dakgootje: Impressive that he managed to win after that he was tricked in the opening.
Jul-04-06  Helios727: What's the finish-up if white didn't resign?
Jul-04-06  crafty: 45. ♔c2 ♖b6 46. ♕xc4 ♖xc4+ 47. ♔d3 ♖g4   (eval -8.12; depth 13 ply; 250M nodes)
Jul-05-06  Helios727: dak, what was the trick in the opening?
Jul-06-06  dakgootje: <Helios727> The forced trading of the queen versus 2 minors?
Jul-06-06  RookFile: I'm not an expert on this opening, but check this out, this is really interesting:

Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858

On December 29th of the same year, Morphy was able to pull this same trick on Anderssen, with the colors reversed!

Jul-06-06  RookFile: Oh, I see that InspiredbyMorphy already noticed this earlier in this thread.
Feb-27-08  JimmyVermeer: Jesuitic Calvinist, this game was indeed played before the one with Anderssen. This was played in October, and the one with Anderssen was played in December, 2 months later. Unfortunately, the database seldom gives the exact date of games, only the year.
Feb-27-08  Calli: Also see comparison of this game to another famous one Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914

Morphy and Lasker played 16.Ne6 in a similar position with nearly identical pawn structures.

Jun-22-08  Xeroxx: Also interesting is that the moves up to 17.Be2 was followesd in the game Hebden vs P Littlewood, 1982
Sep-12-08  heuristic: 30.Nd5+ seems to be the last straw.
Maybe 30.Qc4 Kb8 31.Qxf7 Rcd8 32.Qxh7 Rgf8 holds.

and 29...Bd7 isn't the way to move the Q.
29...a6 30.Qh5 Ne7 31.a3 Bb3 32.Re1 tightens the noose

Apr-29-15  Jambow: Seldom does Morphy come out on the short end of the opening, but clearly he was fighting from a deficit in this one. Of course as noted it became part of his own repertoire, which was already a stuffed full bag of tricks!
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  MissScarlett: Game score appeared in the <Field> of November 20th, 1858, p.414, relating it had been <played a week or two since in Paris.>

The correspondents' section acknowledged <P. M. (Paris). - Many thanks for the games.>

Original or early publication details of Morphy's games are well worth recording.

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  MissScarlett: The game appeared already in the <Era> of November 7th, p.13: <This game is one of the latest played at the Cafe de la Regence by the distinguished American Morphy. His antagonist, Mons. Baucher, is a young and highly talented Amateur.>

Baucher, apparently, was already 40! But the timing suggests the game may have been played around the end of the October.

Aug-28-21  paulmorphy1969: Morphy did his current opponent the honor of adopting his first 15 moves in a game against Anderssen two months later (One of the games of the so-called Match of the Gambits of Kings). At this point, however, Morphy played the best sequel 16.Qxf7

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