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Paul Morphy vs Jabez Carr
"Jabez the Hurt" (game of the day Mar-14-2021)
Morphy Blindfold simul, 8b Birmingham (1858) (blindfold), Birmingham ENG, Aug-27
Carr Defense: General (B00)  ·  1-0



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Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: Morphy's blindfold skill is amazing! Carr got crashed!
Aug-07-09  WhiteRook48: on Carr's first move he should have played 1...e5
Mar-25-11  Llawdogg: This is the first game in A First Book of Morphy.

Morphy is a little bit like Mary Tyler Moore here: you can take a nothing game and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile.

Mar-25-11  Llawdogg: Wow! This was part of an eight game simultaneous blindfold exhibition in Birmingham, England.
Mar-25-11  Llawdogg: 20 Bh6+! is a brilliant little sacrifice that really adds to the beauty of this game.

23 Kf2! simply, but powerfully, takes the opposition and sets up the inevitable checkmate.

Morphy is amazing.

Aug-24-13  cs1978: @Jaymthetactician: "I mean, black's trippled pawns and poor opening preperation is a joke, was this car 7 by any chance at the time?"

No, Carr was 11, Morphy 21. Further, it is within this game that the 'Carr Defence' ( ) is born.

In defence of my ggg-uncle George.

Aug-25-13  offramp: How can your uncle be 11 years old?
Oct-26-14  Ke2: In this game you see morphys default attacking setup against essentially no defense. Few players would make such a work of art from beating a patzer. Kasparovs simul games for instance are boring, he plays closed positions and maneuvers, winning a pawn and converting it on move 50, not to say his technique isn't iron.
Oct-09-17  VGA: He tried to put pressure on the blindfolded master by playing an unorthodox opening instead of theory ... that didn't turn out well.

Even after those useless pawn moves he developed the knight to f6, where he would *obviously* be kicked back, tsk tsk.

Jul-05-20 Philip W. Sergeant's book "Morphy's Games of Chess" clearly states that Morphy's opponent was Dr. Jabez Carr, a surgeon who was an uncle of George S. Carr, and co-founder in 1851 of the Leamington Chess Club.
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  MissScarlett: How clearly?
Jul-05-20  jith1207: In clear print?
Jul-06-20  Calli: Here is a 1906 BCM article on G.S. Carr It mentions Jabez was indeed a Dr. and so I correct my comment from 2008.
Sep-13-20  paulmorphy1969:

on the site you can read clearly

In 1858 the "Chess Association", as it is now styled, held a meeting at Queens College in Birmingham. On 27 August Paul Morphy gave a simultaneous blindfold display against eight opponents, apparently chosen more for their official positions than their chess skills. A card was taken by the new Leamington Chess Club secretary, Jabez Carr, who tried to confuse the Morphy bandage with an irregular flank opening and was routinely defeated in 23 moves!

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  MissScarlett: <agadmator> covers this game under the rubric <He Tried to Embarrass Paul Morphy>:

His research seems to have consisted entirely of reading this page and taking notes.

He pronounces Carr not as Karr but as Sarr.

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  al wazir: 15. Be4 would have won outright, since now 15...Qxe4+ no longer forces the ♕ trade. Surprising that Lowenthal didn't mention that.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Mr. Carr should look on the bright side--at least he has an opening named after him. An odd detail--in effect, Morphy gave odds of R & N, never moving those two Queen side pieces.
Mar-14-21  Robespierre: Kudos to Herr J J Lowenthal who has, lo, those many years ago, masterfully annotated several of Morphy's games with with wit & insight!
Mar-14-21  Brenin: The self-taught genius Ramanujan discovered his love and superb talent for mathematics through reading the snappily-titled book "A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics: Containing Proportions, Formulae, and Methods of Analysis, with Abridged Demonstrations" by Jabez Carr's nephew George Shoebridge Carr (see earlier postings by <millert> and <Calli>). You can find it on Amazon, with good reviews, including several from India.
Mar-14-21  offramp: Jabez Carr invented water biscuits and George Shoebridge invented a bridge made out of old shoes.
Mar-14-21  Ironmanth: Still to my mind, perhaps the greatest player ever. Who knows what this genius might have achieved?! A man decades ahead of his time. Y'all stay safe out there today.
Mar-14-21  offramp: <Ironmanth: Still to my mind, perhaps the greatest player ever. Who knows what this genius might have achieved?! A man decades ahead of his time. Y'all stay safe out there today.>

...It's the great Jabez Carr.

Mar-14-21  Jambow: While playing through this game I heard Deborah Harry singing one way or another I'm gonna get ya.. get ya.. get ya...
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  thegoodanarchist: I dream of the day when games between world champions are regularly featured as game of the day.
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  HeMateMe: Baby you can drive my car...
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