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Thomas Barnes vs Paul Morphy
Casual game (1858), London ENG
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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Apr-07-03  Calli: An old favorite. 12 .. Ne5! and then the pawn capturing all the way from e5 to a1. Very nice.
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  Sneaky: Wow, that's incredible.
Apr-09-03  Calli: Just ran it through the computer and looks entirely sound. Barnes could do little after Ne5. He should have played Kf1 around move 22 or 23 to avoid f4, but he is still lost.
Apr-11-03  BLD9802: I do not have the actual game, however I read some time ago that Barnes managed to defeat Morphy using 1.e4 f6.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <BLD9802> <I read some time ago that Barnes managed to defeat Morphy using 1.e4 f6.> Find where you read it and let me know. Dont take my comment personally but, I dont believe this to be even a possibility. 1. Morphy beat Barnes 6 to 3 based on games in this database. I have Sergeant's "Morphys games of chess" at home and can see if there were any more matches, but Morphy was no doubt the victor. 2. There is no such game involving the moves 1.e4 f6 in that book. 3. Morphy would crush any opponent who played such a move against him, as he would then even have the liberty to easily play 2.f4
Apr-22-04  Lawrence: <Inspired>, what's this then? Morphy vs T W Barnes, 1858
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  InspiredByMorphy: <BLD9801> <Lawrence> : I apologize. Thank you for the game, I had not seen it yet. I should look a little more before opening my mouth, as I could have found it through the opening explorer. Sorry BLD, thanks Lawrence.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <Lawrence> Regarding the game you provided, do you think Morphy would have had better results with 2.f4 ?
Apr-23-04  Lawrence: <Inspired>, looks like Morphy played the right move. See evaluations at the other game page.
Oct-09-04  LIFE Master AJ: Please check out this link:

The game is close annotated. Please send me an e-mail, and tell me what you think.

Oct-13-05  Averageguy: A brilliant game by Morphy. LMAJ does a very good analysis of this game on his web page.
Mar-26-06  sneaky pete: <Barnes could do little after Ne5.> He could have tried 13.Bg5 .. as suggested by Sergeant. After 13... Nxf3+ 14.gxf3 Qxg5 15.fxg4 .. however 15... 0-0-0 and if 16.cxd4 h5 looks very strong.
Jul-19-06  notyetagm: A brilliant example of the <Morhpy/Pillsbury Mating Pattern>, with the bishop on the long diagonal a8-h1 and the rook on the open g-file.
Mar-19-07  SirBruce: Actually, Barnes went wrong with 13.Bxa8. I played a Barnes personality in Chessmaster today, where I had trimmed opening books where Barnes blundered. Instead of 13.Bxa8, Chessmaster came up with 13.Bg5, which equalized the position. After 13...Qxg5 14.Nxg5 Bxd1 15.Bxa8 Be2 16.cxd4 Bxf1 17.Rxf1, things looked very even.
Dec-25-07  nimh: Rybka 2.3.1 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Barnes 6 mistakes:
11.Nxf6+ 0.04 (11.cxd4 0.78)
13.Bxa8 -2.36 (13.Bg5 0.05)
16.Qg5 -4.51 (16.Bc6+ -2.27)
18.Qxf6+ -4.78 (18.Rb1 -2.83)
23.axb5 -5.59 (23.Kf1 -4.35)
27.Rf1 #4 (27.Ra3 -3.36)

Morphy 3 mistakes:
17...Ke7 -2.83 (17...Kf8 -4.56)
22...Bb6 -4.35 (22...Bc3 -5.93)
26...Rg6 -3.36 (26...Rg2+ -6.33)

Sep-27-08  sneaky pete: Sergeant, Morphy's Games of Chess, page 246:
"... published in <Brentano>, December 1881, where it is said to have been taken from the first number of a new German magazine, <Vom Fels zum Meer>."

Sergeant, Morphy Gleanings, page 107:
"This game is put by Lange and Maroczy in the appendix, indicating their doubts as to its genuineness. Mlotkowski shares their doubts, saying it is too good not to have been published at the time, instead of years later. Mason and J.G. Cunningham (B.C.M., August and September, 1893) argue vigorously and conclusively against its authenticity."

Dec-04-14  Ke2: amazing game
Jan-06-16  Joker2048: Morphy is crazy!!!
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  MissScarlett: <The next chess magazine produced in America could have been a big international success if it had been a little bit less ambitious, and more soundly based financially. <Brentano's Chess Magazine>, begun in May 1881, had sprung from a chess column in a general magazine, <Brentano's Monthly>. The editor was H.C. Allen, with G. Reichhelm in charge of the games department, J.N. Babson of the problem department, and they also had the services of an artist, G.R. Halm, so that this magazine was better illustrated than the norm for chess periodicals. It was far too lavishly produced. Initially this magazine was on a grand scale never seen before, but the publishers gave too much value for money. There were over 620 pages in the first volume but the second volume of <Brentano's Chess Magazine> was much skimpier. The magazine collapsed after the August-September 1882 number, having lasted less than a year and a half.> (British Chess Literature to 1914: A Handbook for Historians; Tim Harding; McFarland; 2018)

Examples of the chess column in <Brentano's Monthly> are here:

The first volume of <Vom Fels zum Meer> is online, but it's not in the public domain in the UK:

Jul-12-18  sneaky pete: Hmmm. That first issue of the first volume of <From Fels zum Meer> was published in October 1882, so how can <Brentano> issue December 1881 have taken a game from that source? Was Sergeant drunk?
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  MissScarlett: Try the 3rd and 4th entries.
Jul-12-18  sneaky pete: That's a good tip. So the invented game was in V.-1 on page 121, the only Morphy reference in that volume. If that first number had a page 121, it must have been a quite expansive magazine.
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  MissScarlett: <on page 121, the only Morphy reference in that volume>

Yes, but no mention of <Barnes>. We need an American...

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