Meek vs Morphy
[Event "New York"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Meek"] [Black "Morphy"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C44"] [Opening "Scotch: Goring Gambit"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 {The Scotch gambit where through the sacrifice of a pawn White hopes to gain a lead in development which will ultimately lead to a winning kingside attack.} 4... dxc3 5. Nxc3 Bc5 { 5...Bb4 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.O-O Bxc3 8.bxc3 d6 Black is close to consolidating his extra pawn.} 6. Bc4 d6 7. h3 {White wishes to avoid the pinning of his knight on f3. However, having already sacrificed a pawn for a lead in development 7. h3 is out of place with the spirit of White's previous play. 7.Qb3} 7... Be6 { Given an extra move by White's 7.h3 Black wastes no time in neutralizing White's best placed piece the bishop on c4.} 8. Bb5 {8.Bxe6 fxe6 9.Qb3 Qc8 10. Ng5 Nd8 Black has everything defended plus his extra pawn.} 8... Nge7 9. Ng5 O-O 10. Qh5 h6 11. Nf3 Ng6 12. g4 {Black is better developed so this attack is premature. 12.Bxh6 gxh6 13.Qxh6 Qf6 14.Ng5 Qg7} 12... Nce5 13. Nxe5 dxe5 14. g5 Qd4 15. Be3 Qb4 16. Bxc5 Qxb2 17. O-O Qxc3 18. Bxf8 Rxf8 {Materially the position is equal. However, White's disgruntled kingside and Black's active minor pieces give Black a winning position.} 19. Rac1 Qb2 20. Bc4 Nf4 { The knight finds an outpost on f4 which greatly disrupts White's position.} 21. Qd1 {21.Qh4 hxg5 22.Qg3 Bxc4 23.Rxc4 Ne2+ wins the White queen.} 21... Nxh3+ 22. Kg2 Nf4+ 23. Kh1 Qb6 {The final blow the Black queen prepares to swing over to the kingside and this quickly decides the game.} 24. gxh6 Bxc4 25. h7+ Kxh7 26. Qg4 Qh6+ 27. Kg1 Bxf1 28. Rxf1 {Since Black is up a clear piece, White could resign with a clear conscious at any time.} 28... Rd8 29. a4 Rd6 30. f3 Rg6 31. Kf2 {White resigned not because he will lose his queen but because Black has a forced mate in three. Do you see how?} 0-1
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OpeningC44 — Scotch: Goring Gambit
TournamentNew York