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William Norwood Potter vs Matthews
"I Solemnly Swear That I'm Up to No Good" (game of the day Jan-08-2019)
London (1868), London ENG
Danish Gambit: General (C21)  ·  1-0



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Jul-07-05  Timmer: Black can prevent mate by doing 11. Bg5+ Ke6 instead. This could lead to the following exchange: 12. Nc6+ Kf5 13. Nxd8 Kxg5 14. Nxf7+ Kf6 15. Nxh8 Be2. This would leave white without a decisive advantage. Other variations on this move also inhibit a quick mate for white.
Jul-10-05  patzer2: <Timmer> Indeed Black can prevent an immediate mate and put up more resistance after 11... Ke6 12. Nc6+ Kf5 13. Nxd8 Kxg5 14. Nxf7+ Kf6 15. Nxh8 Be2 .

However, White should win easy enough after the continuation of play with a line such as 16. c4 a6 17. Ba4 g5 18. Nc3 Kg7 19. Nxe2 dxe2 20. Rxe2 Kxh8 21. Rae1 Bg7 22. Re6 Be5 23. Bc2 b5 24. Be4 Rb8 25. Bd5 Kg7 26. b3 g4 27. h3 g3 28. fxg3 Nf6 29. Re7+ Kg6 30. Rb7 Rc8 31. Bf7+ Kh6 32. g4 b4 33. Re7 Bd4+ 34. Kh2 Be5+ 35. g3 Rf8 36. Rf1 Ng8 37. Ra7 .

Feb-16-06  MorphyMatt: Very cool trap!
Apr-13-06  dakgootje: Very nice trap indeed! What exactly was blacks blunder, maybe d3?
Apr-13-06  thathwamasi: Doesnt this look like the wierd mate of morphy againt le carpentier??
Apr-13-06  MorphyMatt: <thathwamasi> yeah, a lot. Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849
Apr-14-06  dakgootje: <thathwamasi> Yups, both were mated from the corner with the knight, though the way leading to the mate was quite differant
Sep-21-08  megatacos: funny game

May-19-09  WhiteRook48: gee, Morphy did this!
Aug-17-09  mertangili: Isnt 8...dxe5 instead of 8...Nxe5 prevents the mating combo as there is no 10. Bb5+ since the knight is staying on c6? I looked at the possibilities after 8...dxe5 and saw a materially balanced game with a white lead in development but black has a dangerous passed pawn on d3 in return. Or is there something i am overlooking?
Jan-08-19  Steve.Patzer: Wow! Never saw that before.
Jan-08-19  paavoh: Yes, 8.- Nxe5 was a big mistake, but we got to see a fabulous combination.
Jan-08-19  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Howdy Everyone,

WOW! Saw this awhile back! It's Still AMAZING to see! MORPHY Yes Did It TOO. He also "DID IT" without his QUEEN's ROOK! Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 ENJOY!!!! AKK

Jan-08-19  Ironmanth: Everyone can put this one in the quiver for your blitz games; marvelous!
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  Sargon: <Ironmanth: Everyone can put this one in the quiver for your blitz games; marvelous!>

Those double-checks are <killers>...

Jan-08-19  sakredkow: Jeeez these guys knew how to play chess back then.
Jan-08-19  rcs784: "That's totally barbaric!"

"That's Wizards' Chess!"

Jan-08-19  dumbgai: <sakredkow: Jeeez these guys knew how to play chess back then.>

White, maybe. Black sure doesn't know how to play chess (well). 3...c5, 4...d6 and 6...d3 are all weak and pointless pawn moves.

Aug-19-20  schnarre: ...Beautiful Queen sacrifice!
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  Messiah: What...
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  MissScarlett: Game appears in the <Era>, July 1871, so it's not clear what the basis is for 1868.
May-05-23  Marcelo Bruno: Du Mont considers the mate in this game as unique in its genre.
May-05-23  Marcelo Bruno: Please take a look at Walker's 'Chess Studies': it contains more games played by Matthews.
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  MissScarlett: Feel free to submit them.
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  Messiah: Fantastic game!
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