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John Owen vs Paul Morphy
Casual game (1858), London ENG, Jul-??
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1



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May-11-05  Runemaster: Very smooth from Morphy.

Once again, he shows natural mastery of concepts that weren't widely known until after his time: the bishop on e6 in the QGD, for example, later converted into an e6 pawn that supports Black's isolated queen pawn. Also rook behind the enemy passed pawn in the ending.

Aug-04-07  sanyas: 18.♗xf5?? (18.♘xc5). 24.♖ac1?? (24.♕xa5). Morphy made the ending unnecessarily complicated; it should have gone more like 32...♖b3 33.♖c8+ ♔h7 34.♖e8 ♖xb5 35.♖xe6 ♖b4 36.♖e7 b5 37.♖b7 ♔g6 38.♔f2 ♔f5 39.♖xg7 ♖xd4 40.♖f7+ ♔e5 41.♖h7 ♖f4+ 42.♔g3 b4 43.♖xh6 ♖f6 44.♖h8 ♖b6.
Jun-17-08  heuristic: <unnecessarily complicated> with 38.Kf2 Kf5 39.Rxg7 Rxd4, then 40.Ke3 brings the WHT K up to harass the two unconnected pawns.

IMHO, BLKs plan was simpler;
keep the two connected passed pawns,
and sacrifice the single passed pawn.

The R protects the two pawns and the K goes after WHTs passed pawn. and ignore the Kside pawns, none are advanced enough to be a factor.

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