Classic Chess Game: Paul Morphy vs James Thompson New York (1859)

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[Event “New York”]
[Site “New York, NY USA”]
[Date “1859.??.??”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “?”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Paul Morphy”]
[Black “James Thompson”]
[ECO “000”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “51”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/R1BQKBNR w KQkq – 0 1”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.O-O Bb6 7.d4
d6 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Bxf7+ Ke7 11.Qb3 Nf6 12.Ba3+ c5
13.Rad1 Qc7 14.f4 Rf8 15.Bc4 Rd8 16.Rde1 Bd7 17.Bc1 Rf8
18.fxe5 Qxe5 19.Bf4 Qh5 20.Rd1 Kd8 21.e5 Ne8 22.Qa4 Qg4 23.e6
Nf6 24.Rxd7+ Kc8 25.Qc6+ bxc6 26.Ba6# 1-0

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  1. Thanks for the Morphy games Kingscrusher. Love this new 5-10 min format.

    Could you do a series on Rashid Nezhmetdinov after Morphy? I think in terms of sheer tactics he was better than Tal and possibly one of the best ever.

  2. @7:00, it's there another way to deliver checkmate in two without giving up the queen? It seems that black has no defense against Ba6. If bxa6 then Qxa6#. If black plays any other move then white plays Bxb7#. Is this correct? It is true though that Qc6 is an absolute forcing move so I guess that's better? lol.

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