Morphy vs Lyttleton
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[Event "Blindfold Game"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Morphy"] [Black "Lyttleton"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C39"] [Opening "KGA: 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4"] 1. e4 e5 {Morphy's opponent is not just an ordinary citizen, but a British Lord and President of the British Chess Association. All of which is of no use when seated at the chessboard against Morphy, even when Morphy is blindfolded!} 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 { This position was frequently seen in games played in the 19th century.} 5... d6 6. Nxg4 Be7 {Black gains time by attacking the weak pawn at h4.} 7. d4 { White occupies the center, achieving one of the primary objectives of the opening.} 7... Bxh4+ 8. Nf2 Bxf2+ {It might have been nice to maintain this pin a bit longer, but Black wants to be able to bring the knight at g8 into the game.} 9. Kxf2 Nf6 10. Nc3 Qe7 11. Bxf4 Nxe4+ 12. Nxe4 Qxe4 13. Bb5+ { A powerful move, threatening a nasty pin with Re1.} 13... Kf8 {13...c6 14.Re1} 14. Bh6+ Kg8 15. Rh5 {White is closing in for the kill. The king is trapped along the back rank, so if White can get a rook or queen to the e- file and then to e8, the game ends.} 15... Bf5 16. Qd2 {The threat is Re1.} 16... Bg6 17. Re1 {The move that was set-up by 13.Bb5+ finishes the game, as if the queen moves, Re8+ mates.} 1-0
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Players
WhiteMorphy
BlackLyttleton
Game
Moves17
OpeningC39 — KGA: 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4
Result1-0
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Tournament
TournamentBlindfold Game
Location?
Round0