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Player: Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member Subject: Puzzle #10


2014-04-26 20:27:49
De Riviere vs. Morphy (Paris 1863)


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ABCDEFGH



Black\'s pieces seem too far away to cause any problems, but Morphy manages to rip open the position. How?

Solution on May 4, 2014. Enjoy!
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6Canada  dsuttles2014-04-30 21:11:46
Well, the immediate temptation is 1 Nxh3. After 1...gxh3, 2 Qh3, with double pressure on h3. But h3 can be defended.-

7Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2014-04-30 22:04:42
You\'re definitely on the right track there extopian. Let\'s see how you will conclude this combination.-

8Canada  dsuttles2014-05-03 01:31:44
That was difficult.

The chess problem this week reminds me of a line in an old chess column, \\\'The rookie Chess lessons from a Grandmaster\\\', with Stephen Moss and British GM Nigel Short: \\\'It seems I can play like Morphy if I let Morphy play the first part of the game.\\\'

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2005/oct/25/chess.global

I wonder how many of us would have spotted the opening four moves back?


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9Philippines  LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2014-05-04 22:14:10
Thanks to dsuttles, we are able to get the score of this wonderful game.

20.Kg2 is not possible because of the Bishop check from h3.

17...Nf3+!? Is this a combination or a sacrifice? Morphy tended to prefer sacrifices to technical combinations, and in this case the sacrifice does not lead, directly, to a checkmate. It does, however, produce a winning position.

18.gxf3 Qh4 19.Rh1

If 19.Nd2 Bxh3 20.Ne4 Bg4+ 21.Kg2 Qh3+ 22.Kg1 Bxf3 and there is nothing to be done about mate at g2.

19.Bxh3

If 19...Qxh3+ 20.Kg1 would not have accomplished anything.

20.Bd2. This is just a waste of time. 20.Bxf4 Rxf4 21.Qe3 is critical, however, 21...Rf5! does the trick.

20...Rf6. Play might have continued 21.Bxf4 Rxf4. On 22.Qe3 Rf5. The other path is 22.Qxf4 Qxf4 23.Kxh3 Qxf3+ 24.Kh2 Qxf2+ 25.Kh3 Rf8 and mate in 4.

10Canada  dsuttles2014-05-05 14:08:44
White\'s other unsuccessful tries in post #6 can be played out by moving the pieces in the game. The position in #5 is after 13 Bd6. Well played, Extopian, and many thanks again, LayZ. Hopefully we are all going to go away now and play like the American maestro.-

11Canada  dsuttles2014-05-07 15:06:07
You have a board?-

12Australia  ZahnarztChessHere Gold Member2014-05-09 12:25:45
How did you get paint flecks on your chess board exto? I\'ve got a little black and brown chess board/box with tiny chess pieces in it which I used to follow chessbooks when I was 14yo. It got confiscated by my parents on more than one occasion because I wasn\'t doing my homework. Now I\'d clean it with a clean toothbrush I suppose.
Good puzzles LayZ Style.
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13Canada  dsuttles2014-05-18 04:13:04
Arizmendi Martinez, Julen Luis
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Hoffman, Alejandro
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Sant Lluis, 2005

14...Ng4 - 21...Rg6+, just like Morphy but fails.

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