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Paul Morphy vs A Bousserolles
Blindfold simul, 2b (1859) (blindfold), Paris FRA, Feb-14
Italian Game: General (C50)  ·  1-0



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  nasmichael: To see the path of the knight, as Morphy offers a bishop to the queen, and then forking K+Q next move, is ever a beautiful thing. But to see how the discovered check is used to set up the knight's ideal position is even more instructive, as is the ability of Morphy to see how the knight can attack by retreating. Thank you for that.
Dec-31-05  syracrophy: A pure Morphy style attack against the king! I wanna notice some points of the game:

7...Nb8? <The pawn sacrifice 6...d5 was not a mistake, but this move sure it is a big one. Correct was 7...Na5! eliminating the powerful bishop>

11...Na5? <Too late...This move now is a mistake. Correct was 11...Nf5, uncovering the f8-bishop and threatening the d4-pawn>

24...Kxd6? <Putting the king in the mouth of the lion. Correct was 24...Qe6 leading to 25.Nxd7 Qxb3 26.axb3 Kxd7 27.Bg4+ Ne6 which wins a queen and a knight for a queen and a bishop>

25...Be6? <Making space for the king but its not the best defense. Better was 25...Kc7 leading to 26.Nxc6+ Kb6 27.Nxe7 Be6 28.Qc3 which loses a knight and a pawn.>

26.Nd3+? <Now white makes a mistake. Correct was 26.Qb4+! leading to 26...Kc7 27.Qa5+ Kc8 28.Nf7 Nd5 29.Bxd5 Bd6 30.Bxd6 which wins a knight and a bishop>

27.Rxe6? <Another mistake. It wins the black's queen for a rook and a bishop, but it's not winning yet. Correct was 27.Nc5+! leading to 27...Kc8 28.Nxe6 Nxe6 29.Rxe6 Ra7 30.Bxc6 Nxc6 31.Rcxc6+ Kd8, which wins a bishop, two knights and a pawn, for a bishop and a knight>

Oct-10-06  James Bowman: Syracrophy? I think that 27.Rxe6 was no mistake at all. That combination starts with the rook taking the bishop to set up the knight's royal fork combination which means it was a bishop and rook for a bishop and queen with tempo, if that is a mistake I wish I would play more of them. For a guy who made so many mistakes Morphy has a great winning percentage.
Nov-06-06  syracrophy: <James Bowman> I know, but when there's a better continuation, the move is considered as "imprecise". Not "erroneous" as well, but "imprecise"
Dec-22-07  nimh: Rybka 2.3.1 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Morphy 6 mistakes:
5.c3 0.02 (5.0-0 0.43)
14.Be3 1.68 (14.Ne4 2.57)
21.g3 4.15 (21.Rac1 5.72)
26.Nd3+ 8.42 (26.Qb4+ #12)
27.Rxe6 6.10 (27.Nc5+ 8.42)
28.Bg4 4.48 (28.Ne5+ 6.07)

Bousserolles 9 mistakes:
5...Nge7 0.68 (5...Nf6 0.02)
7...Nb8 1.76 (7...Na5 0.10)
11...Na5 2.32 (11...Nf5 1.58)
12...Nac6 2.53 (12...Nec6 1.98)
15...Kc8 2.46 (15...Nc8 1.96)
17...a6 3.58 (17...Qb6 2.75)
19...c6 5.53 (19...Be6 3.21)
21...Qh5 6.40 (21...Qh3 4.15)
24...Kxd6 #13 (24...Qe6 7.07)

Dec-22-07  protean: <nimh> Morphy said after this game, "I respect the silicone monster, but 5. c3 is much more active a mon avis."
Dec-22-07  nimh: <protean>
The silicone monster then answered Morphy: "I admire you raw talent, but a human, even you, is no match for me when it comes to chess."
Oct-16-08  heuristic: 11.0-0 Qf6 12.NC3 Qf5 13.Bd2 Na5 seems stronger than 11.Nc3 Qb4 12.0-0 Qxb3 13.Bxb3 g5
Sep-17-09  Starf1re: nimh: I don't think you can consider choosing between two moves both with quite high evaluations as in many of your examples can be "mistakes". When the eval goes from +4 to -3 sure, that's a blunder, but from 1.68 to 2.57? come on!
Sep-17-09  nimh: I think an evaluation of sub-2.00 is not winning yet. However, relating to the examples of 17...a6 3.58 (17...Qb6 2.75) or 19...c6 5.53 (19...Be6 3.21) your point is absolutely valid. My knowledge on the computer chess and related stuff wasn't then as good as it is now, so wonder I wasn't able to ascertain which evaluation fails were important and which were not.
Sep-17-09  Poulsen: <syracrophy><A pure Morphy style attack against the king!> Indeed, a typical Morphy-game against a typical talentless "might-as-well-be-NN" opponent. A complete and utter waist of time.

Why on earth this man became immortalized I will never understand.

He proved nothing.

Jul-31-12  andyatchess: A relentless attack on the queen!
Aug-08-16  RookFile: I'm pretty sure Morphy is the last guy you want to play a move like 3....h6 against.
Aug-08-16  WorstPlayerEver: @nimh

From 26. Qb4 it's mate in 11. Seems Mr. Doublecheck still beats the silicone monster :)

Aug-08-16  Joshka: <Poulsen> Well Morphy made great moves!! You state YOU made a brilliant move in 1991 care to show us the game? thanks in advance!!
Oct-27-19  Jean Defuse: ...

'<On 14 February> (as published in the New Orleans Sunday Delta, 27 March 1859), at a fĂȘte given by the Duke Decazes ...

... <[Morphy] played two games blindfold> against M. Prefect Lacoste and General Busserolles, both fine players, winning both. The moves were transmitted by Mr Lequesne ...

.. and during the whole of the performance Mr Morphy sustained an animated conversation with Mme Decazes and several ladies and gentlemen.'

(Lawson - Paul Morphy, The Pride and Sorrow of Chess, p. 160)


'The Duke Decazes had given him a dinner, at which a number of grave senators and warlike generals assembled to do honor to the young hero. Mr Morphy, at the request of the company, played two simultaneous blindfold games and took part, at the same time, in an animated conversation.'

(Chess Monthly April 1859, p. 132)


Sources: C.N. 7651 / C.N. 7679


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