Morphy vs Hampton
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[Event "London"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Morphy"] [Black "Hampton"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C51"] [Opening "Evans Gambit Accepted"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 {The Evans Gambit was very popular during the 19th Century. It provides an excellent example of the importance of controlling the center. Eventually, however, Black found effective defensive plans and it is no longer popular.} 4... Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. O-O d6 7. d4 { We can see that White has built up an ideal central formation, supported by both pieces and pawns.} 7... exd4 8. cxd4 Bb6 9. Nc3 Nf6 {Black tries to develop quickly, but the central pawns now advance with devastating effect.} 10. e5 dxe5 11. Ba3 {A very strong move which prevents Black from castling.} 11... Bg4 {11...exd4 12.Re1+ Be6 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.Rxe6+ Kd7 15.Ng5 h6 16.Rxf6 gxf6 17.Qg4+ Ke8 18.Qe6+} 12. Qb3 {White strikes at the vulnerable f7-square.} 12... Bh5 13. dxe5 Ng4 14. Rad1 Qc8 {Now White has almost all of his pieces in the attack. The position can hardly be improved because the rook at f1, the remaining spectator, is needed there to guard the pawn at f2. So it is time to strike!} 15. e6 f6 {15...fxe6 16.Bxe6 Qb8 17.Bxg4 Bxg4 18.Rfe1+} 16. Qb5 { Attacking the hanging bishop at h5.} 16... Bg6 17. Bd5 {Here Black igned. If you are not sure why, play out the game as Black against Gambit. Even on a relatively low level, it should win every time!} 1-0
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Players
WhiteMorphy
BlackHampton
Game
Moves17
OpeningC51 — Evans Gambit Accepted
Result1-0
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TournamentLondon
Location?
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