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Paul Morphy vs Alexander Beaufort Meek
"White Castle Slider" (game of the day Apr-27-2012)
New York (1857), New York, NY USA, rd 2
Benoni Defense: Franco-Sicilian Defense (A43)  ·  1-0

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Aug-10-05  Averageguy: Morphy seems very good at obtaining winning positions with by castling queenside when he has a bishop on b5 pinning a knight on d7. See his game against Duke Karl/Count Isourd.
Aug-10-05  RookFile: Meek played fine, except that 10... Be7 is a blunder. Play 10... Bd6 instead, and black has a reasonable position.
Nov-02-05
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  Gypsy: <who: what if 12...a6, and if Bxd7 Kxd7> 12...a6 13.Bxd7+ Kxd7 14.Rxd6+ Kxd6 15.Rd1+...

And if 12...a6 13.Bxd7+ Qxd7, then 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Qxf6 R~ 16.Rxd6...

<Chessical: <Who> Morphy would still win a piece after <12...h6> 13.Bxd7+ Qxd7 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Qxf6 > And White could also answer the <12...h6> with the sequence 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Qxf6 gxf6 15.Rxd6...

Feb-28-06  blingice: This opening should be tried in The Hague.
Feb-28-06  Jim Bartle: I'm sorry. Alexander Beaufort Meek never existed. He was invented by P.G. Wodehouse, a buddy of Gussie Mannering-Phipps.
Apr-02-08  heuristic: <obtaining winning positions by castling queenside when a bishop is on b5> wonder if that's the rationale behind 9.Nc3. this move seems weak compared to 9.0-0 or Qg3 or even Na3.

and if BLK had responded stronger to this move, 9...a6 or Qe7 or even Qh4+, the game would be equal.

BLK's disasterous 10...Be7 seems to be a simple oversight. Against any "normal" developing move by WHT, it's not too bad.

Apr-27-12  sevenseaman: <12. 0-0-0> What a charmer of a move! Puts a winning spin on things!
Apr-27-12
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  al wazir: 12...Qe7. Now what?

If 13. Rxd6 Qxd6 14. Rd1, then 14...Qxd1+ 15. Qxd1 O-O-O. Even with ♖+♖+♘+♘+♙ vs. ♕+♗+♗ I wouldn't want to face Morphy in this position, but it isn't an obvious loss.

If 13. Nd5, then 13...Qe6 14. Nc7+ Bxc7 15. Bxf6 Qxf6 16. Qxf6 (16. Rxd7 Bd8 18. Rxb1+ Kf8) gxf6 17. Rxd7 Ba5 18. Rb7+ Kf8. Material is even with oppositely colored ♗s, but black's position is awful.

Apr-27-12  sneaky pete: <al wazir> If 12... Qe7 13.Nd5 Qe6 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Nxf6+ ..
Apr-27-12  ninja warrior: morphy has always been my favorite player... love how he crushes black like a bug in 12 moves here. =D
Apr-27-12  newzild: <sneaky pete: <al wazir> If 12... Qe7 13.Nd5 Qe6 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Nxf6+>

Yes, Black is utterly toast after 12...Qe7. We could take the variation further:

12...Qe7
13. Nd5 Qe6
14. Bxf6 gxf6
15. Nxf6+ Ke7
16. Bxd7 Qxf6
17. Qxf6+ Kxf6
18. Rxd6+

And White has won a clear piece.

Apr-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Great game by P.C.M! :)

LTJ

Apr-27-12  master of defence: And what happens after 12... Be7? I didn´t see a good continuation for white here.
Apr-27-12
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  keypusher: <master of defence: And what happens after 12... Be7? I didn´t see a good continuation for white here.>

13.Bxf6 and 14.Rxd7 looks good to me.

Apr-27-12  MindCtrol9: There was no way with Morphy!!!! He was out of time like Fischer.I wondering if the actual best players of the World could handle his imagination.
Apr-27-12
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  kevin86: Morphy was just about to pick his opponent apart-when rudely,he resigned.
Apr-27-12
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  al wazir: <newzild, sneaky pete>: Thanks.
Apr-27-12  bischopper: morphy to make sleep and when you wake bye my friend where do you are?...
Apr-27-12  Marmot PFL: White's position after move 12 is similar to this better known game Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
Jun-15-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Morphy vs A Meek, 1857.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF MORPHY.
Your score: 24 (par = 19)

LTJ

Nov-19-12  Llawdogg: What a party pooper!
Nov-19-14  Ke2: remember kids, in the opening, complete your development then castle (they resign when you castle)
Nov-19-14  Ke2: clearest after Qe7 is simply Bxf6 followed by Nd5. but black is completely crushed with basically any legal move so its moot
May-17-20
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  DanQuigley: Alexander Beaufort Meek lived. He was born in a house (about 25 miles east of where I live) in Columbia, SC, July 17. 1814.
Oct-02-20
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  MissScarlett: Following on B Raphael vs Morphy, 1857 (kibitz #14), this game appears in the <ILN> of November 26th 1864, p.547.
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