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Samuel Standidge Boden vs Paul Morphy
Casual game (1858), London ENG
Philidor Defense: Philidor Countergambit (C41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-12-13  Icelandic Gambit: Definitely his strongest English opponent.
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  MissScarlett: Does anyone know of a source for this game? Boden's score against Morphy in 1858 is said to have been +1 -5 =3, but there are 10 games in the DB, of which this is the lone game for which I couldn't find a (near)contemporary source:

Game Collection: Morphy - Boden series

And yet the other nine games are +6 -1 =2 in Morphy's favour. Is it possible that Morphy vs S Boden, 1858 which didn't surface until 1875 is a hoax akin perhaps to T W Barnes vs Morphy, 1858? But Boden was still alive in 1875, so it seems unlikely.

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  keypusher: Levy and O’Connell cite Maroczy’s book, while Sargeant quotes an annotation from Max Lange’s book, published in 1894. So, not very helpful.
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  MissScarlett: Hmmm. Boden's column in the <Field> is the obvious place to look, but that's not happening any time soon. Another possibility is that this game actually took place in April 1859, when Morphy returned from France to Britain before heading home, which would explain why it doesn't appear in the figures cited above (which apparently came direct from Morphy).

I checked out the <Rev. S. W. Earnshaw, M.A., LL.M> who supplied the 1875 game and he seems entirely above suspicion. He even has a published game against Boden.

Oct-04-20  paulmorphy1969: Morphy won 8 games against Boden, negotiated 3 and lost 1 in this unofficial match, plus a draw from Boden during a blind simultaneous match against 8 of Morphy's opponents

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