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Paul Morphy vs Henry Cattley
Blindfold simul, 8b (1859) (blindfold), London ENG, Apr-20
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Morphy Attack (C78)  ·  1-0



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Mar-07-03  Marnoff Mirlony: Certainly as blindfolded it's an interesting game. I'm not sure who H. Catley is, but his foresight seemed very limited.
Mar-07-03  refutor: i agree...the doubling of the rooks on the a-file wasn't that hard to see...i think strategically 21. ... Qc4 was the losing move
Oct-06-05  ConfusedPatzer: I keep seeing "Morphy's variation" a6 being played against him but havn't seen him play it yet...
Oct-06-05  ConfusedPatzer: 29. Ra4? It was strategically lost but he still could've had lost with some dignity...
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Did Catley overlook the win of a pawn or a piece? 8...Nxd4; 9.Nxd4,cxd4; 10.Qd4,c5 and 11...c4--isn't this a variant of the Noah's Ark Trap?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: C.P., here's one:

Adolf Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858

Nov-08-05  asuka: (An Englishman: Good Evening: Did Catley overlook the win of a pawn or a piece? 8...Nxd4; 9.Nxd4,cxd4; 10.Qd4,c5 and 11...c4--isn't this a variant of the Noah's Ark Trap? ) -I think you are right it is a variation of the Noah's Ark Trap. Also i think on black's move 10 it was better to take the knight on f3 rather than the bishop on b3 then perhaps to be followed by 11...Bh3. Anyone else thinks so?
Nov-30-08  heuristic: <Noah's Ark Trap: 8...Nxd4 9.Nxd4 exd4 10.Qxd4 c5 11.- c4> yes, this would trap the B,
but 10.Bd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 is a well-known avoidance.
Nov-30-08  heuristic: <better 10...Nxf3 11.gxf3 Bh3> maybe he was worried about the resulting Kside attack on the open g file. And he was correct in "guessing" that Morphy would play this paradigm (especially in a blind simul) with 14.Kh2, a necessary prelude.

10...Nxf3 11.gxf3 Bh3 12.Re1 Nh5 13.Kh1 and the g file is open! 10...Nxb3 11.axb3 b4 12.Na2 a5 13.Qd3 and the game is relatively safe.

Nov-30-08  heuristic: <29..Ra4? better to lose with dignity> WHT has two threats, 30.Ra8+ and 30.Nx5. both end the game!

29...Bxf2 30.Ra8+ Kh7 31.Nf8+ Kg8 32.Nx6+ is terrible. 29...Re2 30.Ra8+ Kh7 31.Nxc5 Rxf2+ 32.Kg3 and BLK is still lost.

Nov-30-08  heuristic: <foresight very limited> and <strategically 21...Qc4 was the losing move> to me, it looks like BLK had reasonable foresight and strategy. With a backwards d pawn under pressure (20.Rfd1) and the potential doubled Rs (22.Rda1), he decides to sacrifice the a-pawn for some play in the center. 22...d5 frees the B, which is now attacking the b4 pawn.

In addition, 22.Qxc4 Rxc4 looks pretty good for BLK. and both missed how strong 23.Nd2 is. (23...Rd4 24.Nxb5, 23...Rxb4 24.Nd5 Rxb2 25.Nxe7+)

for me, this game was very interesting. BLK was strategically solid and did not tactically blunder. What was instructive was how efficiently Morphy punished 26...h6. (I would have played 27.Nxe5 Rex4 28.Nxg6 fxg6 29.Rb6 and grind out the win in the endgame). 26...f6 was better, (27.c3 Bc5 28.b4 Bxf2)

Nov-30-08  Calli: I agree that after 26...f6, the position is not clear.

Black is H. G. Cattley. The spelling "Catley" is seen in some places, but less often. Philip W. Sergeant (Morphy's Games of Chess) was frustrated about finding out anything about him. Cattley is in many books on the subscriber lists and seemed to be a member of the chess club for many decades, yet his first name, birth and death dates are unknown.

Sep-19-20  paulmorphy1969: On the third board Morphy met Mr. H.G. Cattley. Influential member of the San Giorgio so much to compare in 1851 among the members of the committee that organized the great London Tournament in 1851. Among these committee members were the Duke of Marlborough, Lord Cremorne, Lord A. Hay, C.R.M. Talbot (Member of Parliament), M. Wyville (ditto), J. Milnes Gaskell (ditto), Sir Charles Marshall, H.T. Liddell, H. Staunton, B. Smith, Captain H.A. Kennedy, W. Lewis, H.T. Buckle, A. Fonblanque. (from "The Chess Player's Chronicle", vol. 12 1851, page 30)

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