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Paul Morphy vs Aureliano Medina
"Funky Cold Medina" (game of the day Jul-11-2017)
Knight Odds game (1862) (unorthodox), Havana CUB, Oct-21
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  keypusher: This was an odds game -- since Morphy was much stronger than Medina, he played without one of his knights to make things more even. This was very commonly done in the 19th century.
Nov-30-04  mack: Awful game.
Dec-01-04  Zembla: It seems Medina could have held out longer with 34....KxR.
Dec-02-04  PizzatheHut: Now I've seen everything. crossing paths with Tone Loc.
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  patzer2: Morphy's final exchange sacrifice 34. Rxe7! yields a quick forced mate. For example if Black captures the Rook, the finish is 34...Kxe7 35. Qb4+ Kd7 36. Qd6+ Kc8 37. Nxe6 Qf7 38. Qd8+ Kb7 39. Nc5#. The alternative 34...Rxh4 35. Qb5!, gives White a decisive "discovered check" threat.
Feb-16-05  mirunik: I need your advice... I think taht after nxh4 black hold the position..... just give your variants what you think how can white attack after ???
Mar-17-05  Mate Hunter: It's difficult to win with a knight odds. But Morphy was better than the other players in his time and could play odds games and win. Morhpy has won the most of the odds games in
Jan-29-09  WhiteRook48: I thought at first 35...Rxh3+ was a blunder, but then I realized it was the only move anyway against 36. Rxf7+
Mar-01-09  heuristic: this game took place during Morphy's first visit to Cuba, Oct. 21, 1862.

23.exf6 gxf6 24.g5 Nce7 25.gxf6 Nxf6 seems stronger

31...Nxh4 31.Rxc5 g6 32.Rc7 Ke8 33.b6 seems stronger

32...Rd8 33.Bf2 Bxg5 34.fxg5 Kf7 35.Bxa7 is stronger

Jul-11-17  offramp: Black's king is in what is technically known as a "tone lock".
Jul-11-17  morfishine:


Jul-11-17  Saniyat24:
Jul-11-17  Atking: Impressive.
Jul-11-17  Pasker: I can't believe what I just saw. This game is crazy. Morphy is a vicious killer on the chess board. Black's entire moves were nothing but defense. He never had a chance to think of a different move.
Jul-11-17  schnarre: ...Haven't played 2.f4 vs the French for some time. After seeing this I'm going to have to break it out again.
Jul-11-17  NimzoCharlie: Who is Tone Loc and what is "Funky cold Medina"?
Jul-11-17  ColeTrane: As a kid growing up on the Medina river in TX we always thought he say Funky Cole Medina....good link <morph>
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  kevin86: Nice game, kudos for Morphy!
Jul-11-17  swclark25: <NimzoCharlie: Who is Tone Loc and what is "Funky cold Medina"?>

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  tamar: The crowd asked Paul why he was so fly, and he replied...Funky Cold Medina
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  keypusher: This is a wonderful game, a wonderful game to play through. Morphy is so grandiose, all over the board. Like Bogoljubov, he needed the whole board Bogoljubov vs J Mieses, 1925.

But it wasn't until 32....Be8 that Black was finally lost.

Jul-18-21  paulmorphy1969: Lawson dates this game October 21, 1862, while in all the books on Morphy and dadata 1864, does any member have more information about it?
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  MissScarlett: I knew Morphy had visited Havana on his way back from Paris in 1864, but I didn't recall he went there on his way out, too. I find little beyond bare sightings of him in Havana and Paris in the British and American papers during 1862-63. As New Orleans was under Union occupation since April 1862, it's hardly surprising.
Jul-18-21  Jean Defuse: ...

see: 'La odisea de Paul Morphy en La Habana Cuba 1862 & 1864' by Andres Clemente Vazquez -


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  MissScarlett: <Illustrated London News>, December 6th 1862, p.619:

<ADMIRAL. - MR. MORPHY'S ESCAPE FROM NEW ORLEANS. - The report that this distinguished player had contrived to run the blockade and was on his way to Europe is fully confirmed. A correspondent at Havannah informs us that Mr. Morphy, with a number of his fellow-citizens, quitted New Orleans at the beginning of October, and purposed, after a short stay at Havannah, to spend some time in travelling over the Old World. During his sojourn in Havannah, Mr. Morphy played several games against the best local players, as usual, giving large odds, and, as usual, with success. One of the best of those parties has been obligingly forwarded to us for publication, and we shall probably insert it next week.> (

No game scores appeared for the next fortnight, followed by a Staunton odds game, but the game did eventually feature in the issue of January 3rd 1863, p.27, with the opponent named in full as <Mr. Aureliano Medina>. White's move 14 is given as <K to KB sq>, i.e. <Kf1> as opposed to the present <Kf2>. As the scores soon transpose via <19.Kg2>, it doesn't make much material difference, although Stockfish thinks <14.Kf1> is inferior and can be punished by <14...f5!>, but I'm sure neither player would have even considered it.

Wikipedia's article on the Union blockade is quite informative:

< Blockade running was reasonably safe for both sides. It was not illegal under international law; captured foreign sailors were released, while Confederates went to prison camps.>

It's not clear, however, if this could include civilians.

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