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Play Like Morphy!

FM Stanislav Vlček | March 21, 2012 – 15:094 Comments | 2,675 views
Play Like Morphy!

Following diagrams are taken from the games of the last unofficial World’s Chess Champion, Paul Morphy. You may try to solve them and practice your tactical skills. A difficulty of the positions gradually rises; the initial diagram can be solved even by a beginner, while the last one may seem demanding even for a chess master.


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  • a says:

    at New York 1857
    why didnt did morphy do Dxf1?

    • jOSEPH says:

      if Qxf1; Qxf1, Rd1; and nothing less to do

    • Xiimena says:

      13 Bb7 loses the bishop to 14. Bxb7 after which 14 .Rxb7 can not be pyaled as black loses the queen and also incurs an overwhelming mating attack to 15.Rxd7. However rather than take with rook on the 14th move black may try 14 .Bxa1. To this, white can not recapture so he plays 15.Bd5 and he is winning. 13 Bb7 is an interesting alternative but in my humble opinion not stronger than 13 .Bf6.

      • Prince says:

        July 4, 2010 Thanks Brian,Your comments are much aetpeciarpd.Sure, Anand, Kramnik and Steinitz are all exceptional candidates who could have made the cut. Unfortunately I can only fit 10 players in. As well, my choices were made on influence as well as chess playing abilities and undoubtably the likes of Nimzovitch had a HUGE impact on the progression of chess theory and theoretical debate.More comments always welcome. Thanks for stopping by !

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