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Paul Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard (1858) "A Night at the Opera"

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Paul Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard


"A Night at the Opera" (game of the day Dec-02-07)
Paris (1858) Philidor Defense: General (C41) 1-0

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Last move: 1.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 This is a weak move already.-Fischer 4. de5 Bf3 5. Qf3 de5 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. Qb3 Qe7 8. Nc3 c6
9. Bg5 Black is in what's like a zugzwang position here. He can't
develop the [Queen's] knight because the pawn is hanging, the
bishop is blocked because of the Queen.--Fischer 9... b5 10. Nb5
cb5 11. Bb5 Nbd7 12. O-O-O Rd8 13. Rd7 Rd7 14. Rd1 Qe6
15. Bd7 Nd7 16. Qb8 Nb8 17. Rd8#
Given 367 times; par: 33 [what's this?]

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Mar-10-14 Petrosianic: <Sally Simpson>: <Well of course I have to add
this game to my favourites. The most famous game ever played?
The most reprinted game ever played?>
Certainly in the Top 5, and certainly a strong candidate for #1. I
doubt that any actual polls have been taken to show that more
people recognize it than, say the Immortal Game or the
Evergreen (or even the Fools and Scholar's Mates).
Mar-10-14 LIFE Master AJ: I did not make up the above fact.

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Marshall, Reinfeld, Chernev ... and many others, said it first.


Mar-10-14 solskytz: Or Reti-Tartakower, 1910
Mar-11-14 LIFE Master AJ: <sol> Reti vs Tartakower, 1910.
Is that the one that you were referring to?
Mar-13-14 offramp: Since it was first played this game has been repeated
many times. So I suppose Morphy may have played this game
before.
Mar-13-14 john barleycorn: Morphy had his warm-up in this game
Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858
Concerning the foolowers of this game - <Rene Gralla> here
has seemingly played a copy of almost every spectacular game
in chess history. Just see his page.
Mar-20-14 solskytz: Sure, <AJ>
Mar-20-14 RedShield: <Paris, 13 Nov. Yesterday, Duke Charles of
Brunswick caused a great scandal at the Thtre des Italiens. He
was playing chess with his companions during the performance
and making so much noise that the theatres director had to
demand that he be quiet.>
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
May-12-14 satkul: a very instructive game
Jun-28-14 Nightsurfer: Talking of your last posting, dear <John
Barleycorn>, please do not exaggerate! Those very few cases of
- partial! - replays that I was lucky enough to recognize OTB are
less of one-tenth of a percent of all those games in more or less
goofy style that me, a bloody amateur, I have played during
those years since I have learned the rules of chess.
On the other hand I firmly believe that those very few cases of -

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partial!! - replays that can be checked out on my personal page


are quite instructive since they help to demystify the game of
chess a little bit. For they are proof of the fact that a game of
chess can be defined as being a stringing together of recurring
so-called "chunks", that is to say: typic constellations of the
pieces, and you "only" have to recognise those chunks ... ;-) ...
but the latter fact, that is the problem of course, in all too many
cases I have overlooked even the most basic chunks.
The tragedy of a hopeless PATZER!
Jun-22-15 MindCtrol9: There was no player, before or now, that can be
equal to Murphy in what attack and abilities to conduct it is.The
only one close to him M Tal.
Jun-22-15 Mating Net: Love this game. This is my absolute favorite
mating pattern, the Opera House mate.

Aug-18-15 kishore4u: Great one!


Aug-28-15 narayase: first class game played by morphy in 1858.he is the
world's bestplayer.none of the players can play like him.
Aug-28-15 morfishine: <MindCtrol9> And Super Nez !
Sep-06-15 The Kings Domain: One of the most memorable games, and
one of the most instructive. Morphy may have seen victory by
move 10.
Sep-06-15 Sally Simpson: It is probably correct about this game being
printed more than any other.
Here is today's question.
Which well known chess book had the score of this game printed
in it eight times (yes 8 times) and yet on the 3rd edition of the
same book it does not appear at all, not even once?
Sep-07-15 The Kings Domain: Sally Simpson: Interesting, I don't know
the answer but I couldn't help but wonder: why would they do
that? Reminds me of "The Mammoth book of Chess" which is
supposed to be a compilation of the best games recorded and it
doesn't include a single game of Morphy!
Sep-07-15 Est2002: Qb8 !! What a tremendous exhibition of chess this
game is. Morphy was sumptin else :)
Sep-07-15 Sally Simpson: Hi King's Domain.
Of course you knew the answer (or it a fantastic coincidence.) well done!
It is indeed ' "The Mammoth Book of Chess".
They used the Morphy at the Opera game to show all the
different ways of recording a game from short algebraic, to long
descriptive to Correspondence notation (where 1.e4 is 5254).
In the 3rd edition this was all gone. (I've no idea if it is or is not
in the 2nd edition....Anybody?)
No Morphy game in the Mammoth book of the World's Greatest
Games.
But it is the 'World's Greatest Games' not the most 'Famous

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Games.'
Also if 100 hundred Kibitzers on here drew up a list of the 10
greatest games placed in any order I doubt if any two list would
contain the same 10 games.
The 'Immortal' and 'The Evergreen' make it in the book. Two
games I'd leave out, also in is Adams - Torre, New Orleans
1920. Which even this site and the Mammoth authors admit was
probably analysis. (leave it in as the World's Greatest Composed
Game!)
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920
I'm wondering if the cold dark hand of Dr. John Nunn, one of the
co-authors, was at work here.
Dr John has gone on record as saying he did not like the Morphy
Game.
" One of my pet hates is the choice of games for beginners
books. There are certain standard examples that tend to be
repeated in book after book.
In many beginners books, you will find the game Morphy vs
Count Isouard and the Duke of Brunswick, played during a
performance of the Paris Opera in 1858.
Its not an especially good game, as one might expect when the
strongest player of his day confronts two duffers.
Moreover, it has always seemed to me faintly incredible that
authors couldnt find a relevant example less than 140 years
old.
In this book, every game and game extract is from the twentieth
century (indeed, only two are earlier than 1950).
The style of chess played today is quite different from that of
1858, and while some of the differences are subtle, there is no
reason why players should not be exposed to contemporary
chess thought from the beginning."
(pages 4-5 of his book 'Learn Chess.')
Fair enough. That was in the introduction
First Chapter.
1. Why Learn Chess
And Dr. John starts with:
"Chess is a game with a long history."
Hang on...then why only two pre-1950 games.
:)
Sep-07-15 The Kings Domain: Sally Simpson: A mistake that turned out
right: I actually meant "The Mammoth Book of the World's
Greatest Chess Games". (Heh)

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Nunn has peeved me with his anti-Morphy slant ever since. It


seems the Brit has yet to get over the fact that his boy Staunton
ran over the hills and far away to dodge Morphy more than a
century and a half after the fact.
Sep-08-15 NeverAgain: <Sally sez: The style of chess played today is
quite different from that of 1858, and while some of the
differences are subtle, there is no reason why players should not
be exposed to contemporary chess thought from the beginning."
(pages 4-5 of his book 'Learn Chess.')
Fair enough. That was in the introduction
First Chapter.
1. Why Learn Chess
And Dr. John starts with:
"Chess is a game with a long history.">
I see no no contradiction here. History is best admired at a
distance. That's from someone who'd been reading college
textbooks on Roman Empire in the fifth grade.
<The Kings Domain: It seems the Brit has yet to get over the
fact that his boy Staunton ran over the hills and far away to
dodge Morphy more than a century and a half after the fact.>
With history it's customary to conduct at least some research
before claiming something as a fact. Hint: Morphy, Edge, Winter,
Google.
Sep-08-15 Sally Simpson: Hi Never Again,
I did a wee :) at the end of my piece noting the coincidence.
However....
As I said 'fair enough' but why mention this game if he thinks it
is "not an especially good game" in a book presumably aimed at
people who don't know anything about chess.
Perhaps he thought traditionalists would grumble about the fact
the Morphy game was not included.
I doubt many, if any, would have said anything. His objection to
this game, which takes up a third of the introduction and has
more words written about it than some of the games actually
included in the book, has only highlighted the fact.
Leave it out. 'fair enough' but to have an unnecessary pop at it
seems very strange.
It's like writing a book on how to buy a guitar, string it, tune it
and play it and in the introduction to the book tell the bemused
reader about a song you don't like.
Whilst I agree many writers use the same old examples, this
game is instructive, easily explained and has lit the chess spark
in many a beginner.
But in or out, I'm not bothered. I just find the rant strange.

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The statement:
"There are certain standard examples that tend to be repeated
in book after book"
Also quivers when you see the two famous pre-1950 games
Doctor John allowed into his book.
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918
(Maybe he did not want two off hand games skittles games in his
book.)
More about this game here:
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
The other chosen pre-1950 game is also a famous Capablanca
game showing off a weak back rank.
A large percentage of the readers will already know what game
I'm talking about.
Yes it's:
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914
And now 90% of the lads here are playing 29...Qb2 in their
minds.
I doubt if the Morphy - Staunton non-match influenced him. He
does not seem to get to excited about any game (bar two)
played before 1950.
And yet his 'John Nunn's Chess Course' by John Nunn! is based
solely on the games of 'World Champion Lasker'. (1868 - 1941).
Dec-26-15 Domdaniel: Just showed this game to my five-year-old nephew,
who became a Morphy fan on the spot. After 16.Qb8 he said "I
can take the Queen" - he's got good chess reflexes - and then
was stunned by the mate. Such a great game.
Dec-26-15 Domdaniel: <Sally S> Personally, I have some sympathy for
Nunn's position -- I don't play 1.e4, and I usually play the
French against it, and I tend to prefer closed games. I don't try
to emulate 19th century games, as some do.
And yet ... tactics are hugely important, ditto some experience
with open games. The Opera game is important precisely
because of its appeal to beginners... the thread of logic running
through it, the Morphy mythology, the beauty of the mate. It
has the power to captivate.
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