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Paul Morphy vs Thomas Hampton
London (1858), London ENG
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Morphy Attack (C51)  ·  1-0



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Jun-20-05  chesswonders: ♗a3 seems to be always the key move in Evan's gambit, preventing Black from castling.
Jul-02-05  Zatcher: This game is posted twice, once against T Hampton and once and against Thomas Hampton.
Aug-25-05  vinohradska: Morphy seems to like that move. Also, after 11... Bg4, he defies the pin and moves the Queen to help attack f7. Black always seems to think that attack is too devastating to grab the knight on f3. The same thing happens here: Blackburne vs NN, 1875

Aug-25-05  paul dorion: 11 ...Na5 is the book move. Suppose to lead to a unclear position.

Simpler was
7... Bb6! which would have lead to the Lasker defence by transposition.

Sep-21-05  Orkney: Instead of 15. e6, 15. Bxf7 is mate!
Sep-21-05  sneaky pete: <Orkney> The gamescore is wrong, black played 12... Bh5. See Morphy vs T Hampton, 1858.
Nov-17-05  aragorn69: <> Please delete this game: it is a duplicate... and with a wrong score to boot! ;-)
Dec-01-05  Chopin: Hampton's final position is just hopeless.
Oct-30-07  get Reti: Why didn't Morphy just play 15.Bxf7 mate? Although it is impressive to see how Morphy resisted from playing Bxf7 for so long.
Oct-30-07  SBC:

"Why didn't Morphy just play 15.Bxf7 mate? "

The correct score:

[Event "Casual Game"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1858.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Paul Morphy"]
[Black "Thomas Inglis Hampton"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "0"]
[BlackElo "0"]
[ECO "C51"]
[PlyCount "33"]

( Thomas Inglis Hampton, secretary St. George's Club 1856-75; treasurer B.C.A.; d. Dover, 1875, aged 69. -Sergeant, Game CCIII )

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. O-O d6 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 Bb6 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. e5 dxe5 11. Ba3 Bg4 12. Qb3 Bh5 13. dxe5 Ng4 14. Rad1 Qc8 15. e6 f6 16. Qb5 Bg6 17. Bd5

Feb-16-08  JimmyVermeer: Had Black not resigned, this game might have ended: 17 Bd5 Qd7 18 exd7+ Kd8 19 Bxc6 bxc6 20 Qxc6 Be4 21 Ng5 fxg5 22 Nxe4 Bxf2+ 23 Rxf2 Rb8 24 Qc5 Re8 25 dxe8Q+ Kxe8 26 Qe7#
Feb-16-08  JimmyVermeer: If Morphy had played 15 Bxf7+, Hampton would have replied 15 ... Bxf7, giving Black the advantage. As was stated before, the game is listed incorrectly here (and correctly elsewhere), and 15 Bxf7 would have been mate if this game was correct. In this variation, the game might continue: 16 Nd5 Bxd5 17 Qxd5 Nxf2 18 Rxf2 Bxf2+ 19 Kxf2 Qf5 20 Qb5 Rd8 21 Rc1 Rd2+ 22 Kg1 Qd3 23 Qxb7 Rd1+ 24 Rxd1 Qxd1+ 25 Kf2 Qc2+ 26 Kg3 Qg6+ 27 Kf4 Qh6+ 28 Kg3 Kd7 29 Qb3 Qg6+ 30 Kf2 Qe6 31 Qd3+ Kc8 32 Qa6+ Kb8 33 Qb5+ Ka8 34 Bd6 Qd7 35 Ba3 Re8 36 Qc5 Qe6 37 Bb2 Rb8 38 Qc2 Rb6 39 Ba1 Nb4 40 Qb3 Qxb3 41 axb3 Nd3+ 42 Ke3 Nc5 43 b4 Rxb4 44 Ng5 h6 45 Bd4 Rb3+ 46 Ke2 Rb5 47 Bxc5 Rxc5 48 Nf3 Kb7 49 Kd3 Kc6 50 Nd4+ Kd5 51 e6 Kd6 52 g4 a5 53 Nb3 Re5 54 Nd4 a4 55 e7 g6 56 Kd2 Rxe7 57 Nc2 Kc5 58 Kd3 Rf7 59 Ke2 Kc4 60 Ke3 Rd7 61 h4 Kb3 62 Nd4+ Rxd4 63 Kxd4 a3 64 Ke5 a2 65 Kf6 a1Q+ 66 Kxg6 c5 67 g5 c4 68 Kh7 Qb1+ 69 Kxh6 c3 70 g6 c2 71 Kh7 Ka4 72 Kg7 c1Q 73 Kf6 Qc6+ 74 Kg4 Qbxg6+ 75 Kf4 Qce4#
Oct-21-11  Llawdogg: Thanks Jimmy. It's a little surprising to see that black could hold on for nine more moves from that terrible position.
Oct-21-11  Mozart72: Morphy has a slight material disadvantage value: 35.9 against Hampton: 36.6, and Morphy won.
Jul-22-14  Ke2: Always these clearance pawn sacs
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  keypusher: At best this will be only Morphy's second-most-famous-17-move win, but I think it's awesome. He doesn't sacrifice anything (beyond a pawn), he just takes complete control of the board.

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