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Paul Morphy vs Samuel Standidge Boden
Casual game (1858), London ENG, Jun-??
Spanish Game: Classical. Central Variation (C64)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  InspiredByMorphy: Boden missed a very strong move. Doesent 54. ... Rxg3+ 55.fxg3 Qxg3+ win ? If for nothing else, because black is up a pawn, and its a passed one.
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  tamar: <IBM> I think the win might be gone by then. I see lots of checks but the black king looks too exposed for Black to win by advancing pawns.

Earlier, 50...Ne8 is okay, but Boden had the Morphy-like deflection 50...d2! Here are a few lines.

50...d2 51 Qxd2 Ne6 52 Rxg8+ Kxg8 53 Be3? There are no good moves, as the bishop on h6 will fall to the check 53...Qh2+ 54 Kf1 Qh1+ 55 Ke2 Nf4+ 56 Bxf4 Qf3+ 57 Kf1 Rh1#

50...d2 51 Bxd2 Qh5! 52 f4 Qh4 53 Kf1 Rh1+ wins the queen.

50...d2 51 Bxg7+ Qxg7! and the d pawn wins

Sep-11-05  tcooke: The move 4...Qe7 defines what some people call the Boden variation. I have played this in 4 tournament games, but I'm thinking of giving it up after the last one, which went

5.O-O Bb6 (which I find I have to play to prevent Nxe5 followed by d4 type moves) 6.Re1! Bxf2+? (temporaily winning a pawn in exchange for a bad position) 7.Kxf2 Qc5+ 8.d4 Qxb5 9.Na3 Qa6 10.b4!? exd4? (where I thought I saw a winning tactic) 11.b5 Qa5 12.bxc6 Qxc3 13.cxd7+ Bxd7 14.Qxd4(which is a move I missed on move 10. I had only considered Bd2 Qxa3 and Nc2 d3 which both look good for Black).

Crafty suggests I play 6...Qc5?!, but after 7.Bxc6!? Qxf2+? loses to 8.Kh2 dxc6 9.d4! Bg4 10.Nbd2 and now the queen is trapped.

After this analysis, it looks like Black is forced to play a6 at some stage, but I'm not sure if it is better on move 5, or 6.

Dec-30-07  nimh: Rybka 2.3.1 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Morphy 13 mistakes:
9.Ne3 1.01 (9.Qa4 1.82)
11.Ba4 0.85 (11.Bd3 1.28)
24.g4 0.00 (24.Bb5 0.98)
27.Nh4 -0.78 (27.Bd2 0.00)
28.Rdg3 -0.55 (28.Nf3 -0.09)
29.Nf5 -1.08 (29.Nf3 0.00)
32.Qg4 -1.83 (32.Qe2 -1.30)
39.Qe3 -2.11 (39.Qd6 -1.32)
42.Bxg5 -4.56 (42.Kg1 -1.81)
43.Qd2 -7.58 (43.Qb2 -4.56)
45.Bh6 -1.81 (45.Kg1 -0.59)
47.Bg5 -2.43 (47.Qg5 -1.74)
50.Bh6 -5.11 (50.Bd7 -2.07)

Boden 9 mistakes:
8...Nf7 1.82 (8...c6 1.28)
20...c5 1.21 (20...Kg7 0.72)
27...Rg8 -0.09 (27...f5 -0.78)
28...g5 0.00 (28...f5 -0.55)
43...Qd5 -4.98 (43...Ne6 -7.58)
44...Rgf8 -0.59 (44...Ne6 -5.88)
50...Ne8 -1.12 (50...d2 -5.11)
54...Rh5 -0.43 (54...Qd4 -1.10)
55...Re5 -0.05 (55...Qg6 -0.56)

Jul-06-08  heuristic: <Rybka 2.3.1 mp,10 min per move, threshold 0.33> wonder why 11...g6 isn't considered.
11...d5 12.Ng3 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Bf5 14.Bc2 0-0-0 looks much better. g6 just looks bad!
Oct-25-09  Fuzzy: As a matter of interest, Heuristic, Morphy himself played 11...g6 here Lowenthal vs Morphy, 1858

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