Marache vs Morphy
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[Event "New York"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Marache"] [Black "Morphy"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C51"] [Opening "Evans Gambit Accepted"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. e5 { The point of this move is to prevent Black from playing Nf6 or advancing the pawn from d7. But castling would have been wiser.} 7... d5 8. exd6 Qxd6 9. O-O Nge7 {It turns out that the knight is better placed here anyway. Now White should have seized the diagonal with 10.Ba3, but instead Marache launches a premature attack.} 10. Ng5 O-O 11. Bd3 Bf5 {This seems to be a straightforward defense. But wait a minute, doesn't it have a tactical flaw? Can't White simply trade pieces at f5 and then play Ba3, with a skewer on the a3-f8 diagonal.} 12. Bxf5 Nxf5 13. Ba3 { Could Morphy have missed such a simple tactical device? Not a chance!} 13... Qg6 {Morphy is willing to part with a little material to maintain his kingside attack.} 14. Bxf8 Qxg5 15. Ba3 dxc3 16. Bc1 {The bishop has been quite busy ministering all over the world, but now returns home. Notice that White's pieces all remain passive on the home rank.} 16... Qg6 17. Bf4 {To protect h2.} 17... Rd8 18. Qc2 Ncd4 19. Qe4 {White tries to get some pieces near the king, for protection. But the enemy horses stampede all over the kingside, creating an aesthetically pleasing trail. Do you see the brilliant finish?} 19... Ng3 { The knight cannot be captured because the White queen is en prise.} 20. Qxg6 Nde2# 0-1
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Players
WhiteMarache
BlackMorphy
Game
Moves20
OpeningC51 — Evans Gambit Accepted
Result0-1
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TournamentNew York
Location?
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