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Paul Morphy vs Thomas Worrall
Blindfold simul, 8b (1859) (blindfold), London ENG, Apr-20
Italian Game: Rousseau Gambit (C50)  ·  1-0



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Aug-25-05  Jgamazo: I don't like 9. ... Bd6, better would be 9. ... Ke7 10.Rhe1 h6 11.Bxf6 Kxf6 the king is a fighting piece with queens off.
Aug-25-05  RookFile: 9.... Ke7 loses to 10. Nd5+.

Regardless of where black moves his
king, white will either take a piece
with discovered check, or in the
case of 10.... Ke8 play 11.Nxc7+
and pick off the rook.

Aug-25-05  Jgamazo: Doh! Forgot the king had castled long.
Aug-25-05  crafty: 20. ... ♖d8 21. ♖g7 ♗e2 22. b3 ♖d1+ 23. ♔b2   (eval 6.97; depth 13 ply; 250M nodes)
Aug-25-05  Calli: Played at the St. George's Chess Club, London. One of 8 games in a Blindfold Simul.
Jul-23-07  Fast Gun: This guy Worrell was Morphy's bunny. Played 6 and lost 6 and all of them in less than 30 moves !!
Dec-02-08  heuristic: <5...exe4 6.Qd5 with an embarrassing attack> I don't see it.
6...Qe7 7.Bg5 Qd7 8.Qxe4 maybe,
6...Qd7 7.Qxe4 Qf5 8.Nc3 not much of an attack

what's wrong with 12...fxe4?
13.Rxe4 Bf5 14.Re2 Ke7 15.Nh4 and BLK is okay

17.Rg7 looks interesting, with Rf7,Rh7
17...Rd8 looks better than e4. maybe WHT was afraid of 18.Rxd6 cxd6 19.N7+, but that or 18.Nxd6+ Rxd6 19.Rxd6 cxd6 20.Rg7 is better than the game.

Aug-28-09  TheMacMan: why does lowenthal thinks its important to add that worrall was mexican in the notes?
Aug-28-09  Marmot PFL: The notes were written before the era of political correctness.
Aug-28-09  AnalyzeThis: I don't think it's a big deal. Bobby Fischer was often referred to as the American grandmaster, especially in notes by the Russians
Aug-28-09  Marmot PFL: I just heard on the radio that one of the space shuttle astronauts is the son of Mexican migrant workers. Why did they think it was important to mention that?
Aug-31-09  TheMacMan: its good to know that morphy wasnt a racist, and willing to play anyone of any race, which is a good argument because he traveloled the world playing anybody, we know s little about him though, thats the only bad thing about morphy, sometimes i think people like him or napolean kept a journal or something of some sort, recording their experiences that just ended up getting lost or damaged.
Jan-15-10  antharis: I dont know why, but I like 15. Rxd6 followed by 16. Nc7+ more.
May-05-10  antharis: Well, forget my previous post...
May-05-10  randomsac: Speaking of Mexicans, happy Cinco de Mayo!
Sep-19-20  paulmorphy1969: On the fifth chessboard Morphy met Mr. Thomas Herbert Worrall, (1807-1878) known in London chess circles as "the Mexican amateur" (see "Morphy's games of chess, a selection of the best games played by the illustrious champion of Europe and 'America, with analytical and critical notes by J. Lowenthal "(New York 1860), and later as British Commissioner in Mexico and then in New York (see The Oxford Companion to Chess, by D. Hooper and K. Whyld). Inventor of the attack of the Spagnola with 1.e4 e5 2.Cf3 Cc6 3.Ab5 a6 4.Aa4 Cf6 5.De2 that bears his name He had met H. Staunton in 1856 losing soundly (-8, +4). It should be noted that Morphy had played 9 more games against T.H. on April 24, 1859. Worrall giving him the advantage of the knight in b1 and that he had won 7 and lost 2. T.H. Worrall married Harriet Jona (1836-1928) who was a chess player and who - widowed - made her first women's championship against Nellie Showalter and won it.
Apr-03-21  SBC: According to the "Mansfield Daily Shield," Dec. 21, 1894, Thomas wasn't Morphy's only Worrall opponent:

"Mrs. Worrall ranks high among chess players and reckons her victories as far back as the days of the great Paul Morphy. She and her husband spent years in Mexico and there, for lack of other entertainment, the evenings were generally spent in playing match games of chess. Mrs. Worrall won the sobriquet of the 'Mexican Champion,' and in 1859 played several games with Paul Morphy, receiving from the champion a rook and scoring an occasional draw.

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  Joshka: <Marmot PFL> <Why did they think it was important to mention that> I always like when they discuss ones background for reference. I'm of Polish and Ukrainian grand folks, and if I hear about a player who I believed to be Russian, but then someone notes they are of Ukrainian background instead it makes one feel a little proud, especially if they like that player to begin with. I grew up when all the Popes were Italian, when they elected a Polish Pope I had a sense of pride. Even though they want us to be "woke' and politically correct, folks still identify the background of the people they are writing or talking about, it has nothing to do with being politically correct or not anyway.

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