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Paul Morphy vs James Kipping
"Do You Like Kipping?" (game of the day Apr-06-2009)
Morphy Blindfold simul, 8b Birmingham (1858) (blindfold), Birmingham ENG, Aug-27
Scotch Game: Haxo Gambit (C45)  ·  0-1



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Apr-06-09  itsatimemachine: Hahah! I thought the pun was a play on internet meme "do you liek mudkips." Generation gap!!
Apr-06-09  Alphastar: So, I heard you like to play h3.
Apr-06-09  weary willy: The problemist CS Kipping was active in the Birmingham and south Staffordshire areas in the 1930s, 40s and 50s (d 1963) ... several clubs were named in his honour (Walsall Kipping, Wolverhampton Kipping) - not clear about relationship with the winner of this game (but expect there is some!)
Apr-06-09  ounos: <I think most young people will not get this pun?! In the late 1880ies ...>
When you say "young people", you mean <140 years old?
Apr-06-09  OnlyBelieve: *laughs about mudkips comment*

The Haxo Gambit is just a fancy name for the Italian Gambit, although the move order is switched.

Play the Italian Gambit. It's much cooler.

Apr-06-09  Jim Bartle: I did not post that last comment.
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  kevin86: I would guess that only Morphy was blindfold. I wouldn't give much credit to the "Kipper".
Apr-06-09  mandy64: What about 6..Qf6? Is it a correct reply to 6.c3?
Apr-06-09  hedgeh0g: <I would guess that only Morphy was blindfold. I wouldn't give much credit to the "Kipper".>

Considering it was a blindfold exhibition and not a tournament, of course Morphy was the only blindfolded one, but it is a testament to his ability that even beating him in blindfold was a remarkable achievement.

Apr-06-09  PinnedPiece: <Jim Bartle: I did not post that last comment.>

Can't you request CG.COM to remove the Jim.Bartle account and spank the prankster?

I can't wait to see the <PinnedPeice> account appear...this is a new game with endless possibilities, I'm thinking.


Apr-06-09  Jim Bartle: I thought the fake account had been deleted. Guess not. My guess is that it's part of the chesszarg/"I like..." lineage. (Not "I like fishes," but some imitators.)
Apr-06-09  PinnedPiece: By the way <JB> an avatar would put paid to the shadow's fun. Maybe could provide you with a courtesy avatar until they get the other nuisance filtered out?


Apr-06-09  Jim Bartle: Thanks, PinnedP. I think I'll ask a friend to use his credit card to get a full membership. It's far past time anyway.
Apr-06-09  whiteshark: I wonder where Morphy could have done better?
Apr-06-09  hedgeh0g: I realise that how people spend their free time is their business, but I am at a loss to understand why somebody would spend it posing as a kibitzer on a chess site. It's completely beyond me.
Apr-06-09  PinnedPiece: <Jim Bartle: Thanks, PinnedP. I think I'll ask a friend to use his credit card to get a full membership. It's far past time anyway.>

May seem like a good idea, but I wouldn't do it until CG.COM make an effort here. Otherwise it sets a bad precedent.....


Apr-06-09  PinnedPiece: <hedgeh0g: I realise that how people spend their free time is their business, but I am at a loss to understand why somebody would spend it posing as a kibitzer on a chess site. It's completely beyond me.>

There is, of course, a history, and one <JB> probably isn't going to detail for you. The fake account is run by a person who has had several incarnations, each worse than the last. In his eyes, he is on a righteous vendetta.

Either that or he is one sadistic MF (mouth foamer, of course).


Apr-06-09  WhiteRook48: He was skipping
Apr-06-09  chillowack: I don't understand why this was chosen as the Game of the Day. The handicapped player didn't win, so there's no excitement there. On the contrary, the player with all the advantages won. Where's the glory in that? Nor was it through any particular brilliance that Black won (his h3 combination was pretty simple).

The long and short of this game was that Morphy was playing 8 (or more) different people at once, without sight of the boards, and he happened to make a mistake in this game. Hardly the stuff of a GOTD.

Apr-19-09  hedgeh0g: <PinnedPiece> Maybe so, but it's pretty sad regardless of the poster's justifications. At least commercial spamming is motivated by monetary gain; this is just weird.
Aug-27-09  brucealexander: I am a complete amateur at the game of chess. When it comes to blindfold chess, I have no idea how the blindfolded player can remember the positions of the various pieces on the board. I have trouble even when they are all laid out in front of me.

And when you consider that Morphy played as many as eight other players while blindfolded, it boggles the mind. How in the world could he do it?

He had to have an accurate picture of the chess board in his mind (or perhaps eight chess boards). How is this possible?

Aug-27-09  Manic: <brucealexander> I guess it all comes down to your memory skills. Some people are just born with great memory skills. Maybe some had exercises to help them but it's just natural talent I guess. People like Morphy, Koltanowski and Pillsbury were just born with that amazing ability to be able to play so many people blindfolded at the same time.

Pillsbury once learned a list of words in 2 minutes and repeated it forwards and backwards:

Antiphlogistine, periosteum, takadiastase, plasmon, ambrosia, Threlkeld, streptococcus, staphylococcus, micrococcus, plasmodium, Mississippi, Freiheit, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, athletics, no war, Etchenberg, American, Russian, philosophy, Piet Potgelter’s Rost, Salamagundi, Oomisillecootsi, Bangmamvate, Schlechter’s Nek, Manzinyama, theosophy, catechism, Madjesoomalops (

In regards to blindfold simuls, I hear that they can often get the whole game repeated to them if they forget, though I'm not 100% sure about this. I don't know too much a bout photographic memory but I think these kind of people are able to remember a picture if they try hard enough.

Nov-13-16  zadgjm: Morphy's king is exposed but where is the win ?
Sep-11-20  paulmorphy1969: James Stanley Kipping who hard a remarcable chwss carrer in the middle of 19 century.He was in prime one of England's leading amateursend crossed sword with most of greats of Howard Staunton era,Adolph Anderssen,Henry Thomas Buckle ,Harry Horowitz end ohann Jacob Löwenthal et al when the greatest of all Paul Morphy visited the UK in August 1858,in Birghingham took on eight opponent blindfold James Kipping was achosen as one of the eight and was the only one to beat the legendary American Two other games played by Kippingagaist Morphy were incluted by Lowenthal in his Morphy's Games Of Chess ( 1860 ) James Kipping then dropped out of top levelchess,preferring to play friendly games in local clubs,in Manchester,andincluding in his otherhobby of doing chemicalexperiment in the backkitchen. in fact,in chess circles he became a forgottenman,to such an extern that when in 1875,a local chess journalist wrote an article lamenting the deathsof so many great British players,he include Kippingin the list,unawere thatonly was he still alive,but had another 15 years of life in him. Although James worked all his life in the Manchester branch of the Bank of England,it was not a love of the banking that passed to his heirs,but his twin hobbies of chemistry and chess.
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