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An Unknown Morphy Game

This is actually a game fragment, published in the Chess Monthly in 1859 as
                                    "An End-Game by Morphy"

The circumstances of the game were published elsewhere in the periodical:

"We regret to state, that it is very probable that Mr. Morphy will be obliged to relinquish his journey to Berlin. The arrangements connected with the publication of the French and English editions of his games have detained him so long in Paris, that, in order to reach this country in April, he would even be compelled to abridge his contemplated sojourn in England, on his way home. The Duke Decazes had given him a dinner, at which a number of grave senators and warlike generals assembled to do honor to the young hero. Mr. Morphy, at the request of the company, played two simultaneous blindfold games and took part, at the same time, in an animated conversation."

The fragment or end-game proceeds from White's 20th move:


  • 6 years ago


          I love Morphy Stories.  I've never seen this before, what a nice piece of
    chess history!

  • 6 years ago


    i think morphy would have preferred playing Bg4 first! its much more flashy!

  • 6 years ago


    am no.. for Ne5+ immedietly K moves and there is no Bg4 as the bishop take it

  • 6 years ago


    Did Morphy mess up when he played 8.Rxe6, instead of the immediate Ne5!?
  • 6 years ago


    Correct! - or White could conversely play Bg4 first, pinning the Knight and threatening both the Queen and Qxd6. When the black QxB, then a royal fork (Nd5+) wins the Queen.

  • 6 years ago


    in case anyone's wondering, those 3 moves are: Ne5+, followed by Bg4 trapping the queen and eating it the next move)
  • 6 years ago


    Great! thank you.

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