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Paul Morphy vs Alexander Beaufort Meek
New Orleans (1857), New Orleans, LA USA, Jan-30
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  1-0



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Sep-04-03  Qian: a pretty obvious combination. I would have went for cxd8=R just for the heck of it. The plan actually became clear after Nxd6 and black seems to have lost his advantage way before the execution. perhaps 24. bxd5 ?
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  Sneaky: And the moral of the story is:

"In endings of queens and pawns, it's not the number of pawns that counts, so much as how far advanced they are!"

Sep-04-03  hickchess99: what does 27. Red3 Rdf6 do for black?
Sep-04-03  Giuoco Piano Man: Obvious ending true- but still a pretty combination. But then again, I have no objectivity because the Evan's is an offshoot of my obviously favorite opening. It is curious that Black didn't resign, but in those days they often played on until the bitter end.
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  patzer2: I'm a fan of the Evan's Gambit, and this game has some theoretical importance in preparing for the opening. In this game, Meek goes adrift early in the opening with the dubious 6...Nf6?! According to Kasparov and Keene in BCO, what black should play instead is 6...d6!, with a transposition to Lasker's defense after 6. 0-0 d6! 7. d-4 Bb6!, which leads to an unclear position with chances for both sides.

After 8...d6 9. d5!, I assess the position as advantage to white, especially with the world's greatest tactician of his day winning a piece, a dangerously advanced pawn, and the initiative for three pawns.

Sep-04-03  BeautyInChess: 31 ... ♕xa6 wins too, but this is more to the point. The game is over without any complications.
Sep-04-03  rodolpheb: <BeautyInChess> Yes, I thought of 31.Qxa6 first, but then black can open the cell with 31...h6 With 31.Qxd6, black has no choice.
Sep-04-03  myratingstinks: ok, you guys are making this too easy. When I can see the mate in 2 seconds, you know its too easy.
Sep-04-03  fukui: Hey I finally figured out one of these puzzles.
Sep-04-03  reasoanblep: this problem would be more interesting if the starting position was on the 28th move.
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  jaime gallegos: I agree with reasoanblep !
Sep-04-03  music man: <Giuoco Piano Man> A glass of bitters raised to those who play to the bitter end! Here's to those who play until mate!

If the "losing" player plays on to the end, he affords the victor the courtesy of putting finishing touches on a prospective masterpiece. How very few seconds per move could it possibly take to mindlessly hammer out an "obvious" ending sequence, anyways? Or could it be that someone's pride is on the line? If a player is in a losing position, he has, in some sense, made a mistake. Heaven forbid that he should make another in the ending, bringing the game to an even quicker finish. Why not fight on? Your opponent might err and let you back in the game. The greatest chess players in the world don't make mouseslips sometimes? I think they do: we all spend hours examining hundreds of them in detail on this beautifully maintained and exceedingly instructive !!!

Play to win, play to the end!

Sep-04-03  fred lennox: Black was a little too meek.
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  Honza Cervenka: 9...Nxc3 is a blunder. Why not 9...Ne7? If 10.Qa4+ c6 11.dxc6, then 11...0-0!? 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.cxb7 Bxb7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Qxa5 etc. White won the pawn back, but Black's position is very good.
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  patzer2: <Honza Cervenka> In finding a hole in Morphy's plan in this game, you may have found something new to add to the Evans Gambit's opening theory! After your suggestion of 9...Ne7 above, instead of the 9...Nxc3? blunder,'s computer analysis indicates 10. Qa4+ c6 11. dxc6 is the best white-side continuation, but did not consider your 11...0-0!? Now after 12. Nxe5 dxe5 13. cxb7 Bxb7 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. Qxa5 Rfd8 16. Rc1 Rac8 it does appear, even though the material is even, that the initiative and piece development favor black. If this assessment holds up, then 6...Nf6 may indeed be a very playable move for black in the Evan's Gambit. If nothing else, it should have some surprise value against booked up white-side Evan's Gambit players. Great piece of opening analysis Honza!!
Mar-20-08  heuristic: <9...Ne7 10.Qa4+ c6 11.dxc6 0-0 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.cxb7 Bxb7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Qxa5> three alternatives to above line :
11...bxc6 12.Bxf7+ Kxf7 13.Qxe4 Bc7

12.Bb3 Bf5 13.cxb7 Rb8 14.Nfd2

13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Qxa5 bxc6 15.Na3

Aug-17-08  Amarande: <hickchess99> If 27 ... Rdf6 (which is Black's only other playable move, by the way) White will capitalize on the weakness of Black's c7 pawn and the passivity of Black's pieces:

28 Rd8 g6 (He cannot exchange the Rooks because of the mate. If Kg8 White forces Black's fish into a barrel: 29 Qb3+ Rf7 30 R1d7 Qg6 31 Qd5 e4 32 Qe5 and the way for White's Pawn will be cleared whether or not Black exchanges Rooks in either possible way. Try it!) 29 Qxa6 g5 (A vain attempt to get at White's c6 pawn, but the overload on the Queen spoils it. If Rxd8 however, there is simply 30 Rxd8+ and White wins the ending here too: 30 ... Rf8 31 Rxf8+ Qxf8 32 Qxb5, and the Q+P ending is won due to the passed a-pawn combined with the fact that Black's pieces are hamstrung by the forever need to watch the c-pawn) 30 Qxb5 and White has rebalanced material and wins pretty much as he pleases. Black's pieces can hardly move at all, and 30 ... Rxc6?? 31 Rxf8+ simply loses a Rook.

Dec-30-14  lechacal: I suggest Paul-yMorphic pawn for pun of the day.
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  fredthebear: Now that's a finish!!

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