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Paul Morphy vs John William Schulten
Casual game (1857), New York, NY USA, Nov-30
King's Gambit: Accepted. Hanstein Gambit (C38)  ·  1-0



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Jul-11-05  InspiredByMorphy: A very tight game before black played the entombing 22. ...Bxa2 . Although black gets three pawns for the piece, Im sure Morphy didnt mind. The knight becomes the deciding factor in the endgame.
Jan-10-06  morpstau: Again you are right I.S.M. I like the simple fact that Morphy uses J.W.S. favorite opening agaisnt him and beats him in a marathon. Treue morphy had the game won by move 1.
Feb-15-06  MorphyMatt: The book "Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Theory" says that the offical record ends after 25... ♖xc3
Apr-02-07  MasterSavely: <InspiredByMorphy> i quite agree... but if it were some other player...he woulden't probally know how to use his knight as well and it might end up with knight vs queen, but Morphy knows his knights.
Jul-21-10  aj415: Wow schulten has played the opening impressively, by move 14 im sure most people would prefer black
Nov-21-12  kasparvez: Ah! Schulten gives a good fight! 22...Bxa2? You can't play that against Morphy!
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  fredthebear: My jaw dropped when Morphy offered an exchange of queens on move 9!?! Black did not follow up his lead in development very well and just forked over the h-file material. IMHO, Black should have kept his bishop on board and gone after White's isolated g-pawn.
Apr-20-17  Saniyat24: From move 37 onward Morphy is just unstoppable....!
Oct-29-20  talhal20: It is a great game that should have been won by Shulten. Morphy won on account of better end game technique than Shulten.
Oct-29-20  RookFile: Like Keres said. To beat a great player like Morphy, you have to beat him 3 times - opening, middlegame, and endgame. Fail in any of the three and it's not going to be a good day for you.
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  perfidious: Thought it was Alekhine of whom that was written, not Morphy.
Oct-30-20  drleper: I'd always seen it online as Alekhine, something like: <To beat me you have to do it three times – once in the opening, once in the middlegame, and once in the endgame.>
Nov-01-20  RookFile: Yes, you're both right. The reason for my confusion is I misremembered a later quote from Larry Evans, talking about Keres:

<Evans: Alekhine once said that to beat him, you have to beat him three times: in the opening, in the middlegame and in the endgame. These words are equally valid for Keres.>

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  MissScarlett: <Alexander Alekhine beat Paul Keres 5 to 1, with 8 draws.>

The easiest way to beat Alekhine was to drink him under the table.

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