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Paul Morphy vs George Hammond
Casual game (1857), New York, NY USA, Oct-07
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense (C52)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-02  bishop: After 8...Nge7? the second player's game is already lost.
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  Honza Cervenka: 12...Nc6 seems to be much better. If 13.Re1 then 13...Ne5 14.Rxe5+ Kf8 15.dxc7 Bxc7. I don't see forced win there although white had some promising continuations. He can also force draw here by 16.Ba3+ Kg8 17.Nxf7 Kxf7 18.Qb3+ etc.
Jan-25-09  A.G. Argent: Over six years later: Sorry,<Honza Cervenka>, I saw this and had to say something. 12...Nc6 ain't good because 13.d5 wins the Knight and still allows White to nab the c4 Knight and exert plenty of pressure. If 12...Nc6 13.d5 Bd7 14.dxc6 Bxc6 15.Qxc4, all equalized and Morphy mayhem looms. If 15...0-0, 16.Qh4 is scary. If not and 15...Qxd6 then 16.Re1+ ain't good. Et cetera.
Jan-25-09  Calli: <13.d5 wins the Knight and still allows White to nab the c4 Knight>

Black just moves the c4 knight 13...Nxd6 13. dxc6 0-0 etc

Jan-26-09  A.G. Argent: <Calli> < Black just moves the c4 Knight...> Oh,uh....yeah....I...uh...I...uh..I knew that!, I saw that!, I just forgot! ( Thanks for the correction, got a bit ahead of myself. Ain't hardly the first time.)
Sep-12-09  kooley782: By Black's 13th move he has already lost. Give Morphy a position like that and you have no chance.
Jun-05-10  player0: he is realy great... best all the times.
would be interested to see playing against fischer or kasparov.
Jun-27-11  lemonadepawn: @player0 the chess theory was not so developed those days. He's more like Capablanca, unlike Alekhine or good strategists. Morphy has an open style, he would beat his opponents right from the first moves.
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  NM JRousselle: Ya gotta love how efficiently Morphy gets his pieces out.
Jan-28-13  thomastonk: The game lastet even until move 40, see "New York Albion", June 22, 1867.
May-08-16  talhal20: It is said Morphy was far ahead of his opponents. Can we the same about present world champion Magnus Carlsen? Will any Kibitzer comment on this with valid reasons?
May-08-16  scholes: Morphy was strong enough to give knight odds to strong and famous players of his generation. Knight odds is like 800-100 elo. The day when Carlsen gives knight odds to a GM then we may compare Morphy dominance with Carlsen's
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  MissScarlett: Illustrated London News, November 5th 1864, p.475:

<Through the kindness of our old contributor, Mr. T. H. Worrall, of Mexico, and of Mr. I. T. Irving (nephew of Washington Irving), we are enabled to present a few games, hitherto unpublished, which were played by Mr. P. Morphy in New York, at the time of the chess congress in that city. The following, against Mr. Hammond, an amateur of considerable force, is one of them...>

Dec-27-20  paulmorphy1969: I would like to point out that this game is wrong on the 23rd move The strange thing that this game is given on the Internet sites Youtube as ended on the 26th move, but in the book of Macon Shibut game 134 and Maroczy game 63 varies at the 23rd move and ends at the 40th move.
Dec-27-20  paulmorphy1969: The game also lasts until move 40, see "New York Albion", June 22, 1867, as you can check from the following link .22
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  MissScarlett: I suggest <paulmorphy1969> delete these scurrilous allegations!
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  MissScarlett: Staunton in the <ILN> (above) deems <26...Re8>, <hardly intelligible, since it allows the adversary to win the exchange so obviously by [27. Bd6+ Kd8 (27...Kd7 28.Nf6+) 28.Bc7+].>

On <28. Bc5>, <Mr. Morphy, if not purposely playing with the mouse, appears here to be considering "too curiously." By taking the Bishop checking, and then the Pawn with the Rook, he would have had a game which "wins of itself.">

On <33. Ne8>, <This and the remaining moves are cleverly played by Black [White].>

Jan-16-21  paulmorphy1969: The strange thing that this game is given on the sites ended on move 26, but in Macon Shibut's book game 134 and Maroczy game 63 varies on move 23 and ends on move 40. That the correct game lasts until move 40, see the "New York Albion", June 22, 1867, as you can check from the following link New_York_Albion & date = 1867.06 .22 It appeared as unpublished 2 years earlier on the Illustrated London News, November 5, 1864 (1st article) link: writing erroneously White abandons instead of Black abandons.
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  fredthebear: [Event "Casual game"]
[Site "New York, NY USA"]
[Date "1857.10.07"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Paul Morphy"]
[Black "George Hammond"]
[ECO "C52"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "79"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O Bb6 8. cxd4 Nge7 9. Ng5 d5 10. exd5 Na5 11. d6 Nxc4 12. Qa4+ c6 13. Qxc4 Qxd6 14. Qxf7+ Kd8 15. Ba3 Qf6 16. Qxf6 gxf6 17. Nf7+ Kc7 18. Nxh8 Bxd4 19. Bxe7 Bxa1 20. Nd2 Be5 21. Nf7 Be6 22. Nxe5 fxe5 23. a3 h5 24. Re1 Rg8 25. Rxe5 Bd5 26. Ne4 Re8 27. Nf6 Rh8 28. Bc5 Rd8 29. h3 b6 30. Re7+ Kb8 31. Be3 c5 32. Bf4+ Ka8 33. Ne8 Bc6 34. Nc7+ Kb7 35. Ne6+ Rd7 36. Nd8+ Ka6 37. Nxc6 Rd1+ 38. Kh2 b5 39. Nb4+ cxb4 40. Be3 1-0

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