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Paul Morphy vs Napoleon Marache
Knight Odds game (1859) (unorthodox), New York, NY USA, Jun-16
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Annotations by David Lawson.

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Sep-09-07  nimh: has forgotten to add moves.
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  Gypsy: < nimh: has forgotten to add moves.> And also forgot to subtrract pieces. It looks like Morphy was giving 'knight odds' to Marache. Concretely, unless the Nb1 is off the board, Morphy allowed the simple check-mate <14...Qxe1#>.
Sep-12-07  Ragh: <It looks like Morphy was giving 'knight odds' to Marache.> That could be the only possible explanation for this game. Morphy is known to have given piece odds to many of his opponents. In this game he most definitely gave Marache the queen's knight odds.
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  FSR: As Gypsy and Ragh say, this game was unquestionably played at knight odds. See David Lawson, Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess, pp. 221-22 ("In the evening Mr. Morphy played two games with Mr. Knott and one game with Mr. Marache, in all of which games he gave the large odds of the Queen's Knight, winning all in dashing style.").
Feb-26-09  WhiteRook48: great style as Morphy practically forces Marache around
Aug-24-09  tentsewang: Even with a knight off, Morphy proved that his brilliancy is no joke. Hail the prince of chess game!
Oct-06-09  Phony Benoni: Back in those days, if you gave knight odds you had to attack. The Night Off Defense had not yet been devised.
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  OhioChessFan: "Marache Banned"
May-30-21  paulmorphy1969: "In the evening Mr. Morphy played two games with Mr. Knott and one game with Mr. Marache, all of which he gave the big odds of the Queen's Knight, winning all of them in style." - David Lawson (Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess, pp. 221-22). In reality 'of the 2 games with Hubert Knot only one was preserved with the advantage of Tower. Morphy probably granted the horse to Marache and the Tower to Hubert Knot.

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