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of 23. Kt. to K's 5th is the only one to win, and was overlooked by White in mentally examining the position. White now threatens to mate by 24. B. to Kt's 6th; if Black play 23. Q. to B's 3rd or Q. to B's sq., he is evidently mated in two moves; and if

23. P. to B's 4th.
24. B. to Kt's 6th (ch.)

24. K. to B's sq.*
25. Q. to B's 3rd (ch.)
Winning the Queen and the game.

21. Q. to Q's 2nd. 22. Q. to B's 2nd.

22. Q. to K's 3rd. 23. Kt. to R's 4th.

23. P. to Kt's 3rd. 24. Q. to B's 3rd.

24. K. to Q's sq. 25. R. to Q. B's


25. R. to K's sq. 26. Kt. to B's 3rd.

26. B. to Kt's 2nd. 27. P. to R's 3rd.

27. R. to Q. B's sq. 28. Q. to Q's 2nd.

28. R. to K. R's sq. And the game was considered drawn.


Mr. Morphy and Mr. Medley. WHITE. (Mr. Mor.) BLACK. (Mr. Med.) 1. P. to K's 4th.

1. P. to K's 4th. 2. Kt. to K. B's 3rd.

2. Kt. to Q. B's 3rd. 3. P. to Q's 4th.

3. P. takes P. 4. B. to Q. B's 4th.

4. B. to B's 4th. 5. Castles.

5. P. to Q's 3rd. 6. P. to Q. B's 3rd.

6. P. to Q's 6th. 7. P. to Q. Kt's 4th.

7. B. to Kt's 3rd. 8. P. to Q. R's 4th.

8. P. to Q. R's 4th. 9. P. to Kt's 5th.

9. Kt. to K's 4th. 10. Kt. takes Kt.

10. P. takes Kt. 11. Kt. to Q's 2nd.

11. Kt. to B's 3rd. 12. Q. to Kt's 3rd.

12. B. to K's 3rd. There was no other course open to Black, for if he had Castled or played Q. to K's 2nd, or Q. to Q's 2nd, White could in every case, have effectively replied with B. to R's 3rd.

* If

25. Kt. to B's 6th (ch.)

24. K. to K's 2nd.

13. B. takes B.

13. P. takes B. 14. B. to R's 3rd.

Played with Mr. Morphy's usual accuracy and judgment; taking the Pawn with Queen checking would have been decidedly inferior play, as Black would have interposed his Queen, and the advanced Queen's Pawn might afterwards have proved embarrassing.

14. Q. to Q's 2nd. A good move; preparing the way for Castling. 15. Kt. to B's 3rd.

15. Castles (Q. R.) Black played correctly here; had he taken Pawn with Knight, Vhite would have returned the compliment, and obtained a much setter position. 16. Kt. takes P.

16. Q. to K's sq. 17. Q. to B's 4th.

A very good move, for while it brings the Queen into a more attacking position, it at the same time defends White's Queen's Pawn, and threatens that of his adversary.

17. P. to Q's 7th. 18. Q. R. to Q's sq.

18. Q. to R's 4th. 19. Kt. to B's 3rd.

Such accuracy as this move displays whilst playing blindfold, is fruly marvellous ; many fine players would here, we believe, have moved Kt. to Q. B's 6th, which appears threatening, and, if the Knight were captured, would prove potent enough; but Morphy no doubt foresaw Black’s reply of Rt. to Kt's 5th, which would quite have turned the tables.

19. Q. to Kt's 5th. Black played all this very carefully and well. 20. Kt. takes P.

20. Kt. to R's 4th. 21. P. to K's 5th.

21. Kt. to B's 5th. 22. P. to Kt's 3rd.

22. R. takes Kt. This seems the correct move, on a cursory examination of the position, but Mr. Medley has pointed out to us that he ought rather to have played B. takes P. (ch.), and we quite concur with him in the opinion. Suppose

22. B. takes P. (ch.) 23. K. to R's sq. (best).

23. B. takes P. 24. R. to K. Kt's sq..

24. R. takes Kt. 25. R. takes R.

25. Q. to B's 6th (ch.) 26. K. R. to Kt's 2nd,

26. B. to K's 8th With a fine game.

Black could not have played Kt. to K's 7th on his 22nd move, e.g.

22. Kt. to K's 7th (ch.) 23. K. to Kt's 2nd.

23. Q. takes Q. 24. Kt. takes Q.

24. Kt. takes B’s P. 25. Kt. takes B. (ch.)

25. P. takes B. 26. R. to Q. B's sq.

Winning the Knight. A diagram is given of the position, previous to this 22nd move of

Black :

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23. Q. takes Kt.

Best, for if the Rook had been taken, White would have lost his Queen on the move.

23. Q. takes Q. 24. P. takes Q.

24. B. takes P. (ch.) 25. K. to Kt's 2nd.

25. R. takes R. 26. R. takes R.

26. B. to R's 5th. 27. K. to R's 3rd.

27. B. to Q's sq. And the game was abandoned as a draw.


Mr. Morphy and Mr. Jones.
WHITE. (Mr. M.)

BLACK. (Mr. J.) 1. P. to K's 4th.

1. P. to K's 4th. 2. P. to K. B's 4th.

2. P. takes P. 3. Kt. to K. B's 3rd.

3. P. to K. Kt's 4th.

4. B. to B's 4th.

4. P. to Kt's 5th. 5. P..to Q's 4th.

5. Q. to K's 2nd. 6. Castles.

6. P. takes Kt. 7. Kt. to B's 3rd.

7. P. to Q. B's 3rd. 8. Q. takes P.

8. B. to Kt's 2nd. 9. B. takes P.

9. B. takes P. (ch.) 10. K. to R's sq.

10. B. to Kt's 2nd. 11. P. to K's 5th.

11. B. to R's 3rd. 12. Kt. to K's 4th. The attack is now overwhelming.

12. P. to Q's 4th. 13. P. takes P. (en passant.) 13. Q. to B's sq. 14. Q. R. to K's sq.

14. B. to K's 3rd. 15. B. takes B. It evidently makes very little difference to Mr. Morphy whether he plays with the board and men before him or without them. He almost invariably adopts the best move, no matter how difficult, various, or tempting may be the lines of play open to him.

15. P. takes B. 16. Q. to R’s 5th (ch.) 16. K. to Q's 2nd.

The interposition of the Queen would have been fatal, since White in reply would have moved P. to Q's 7th (ch.), &c. We give a diagram showing the situation of the pieces previously to White's checking on his 16th move:

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18. B. takes B.
19. Q. to K's 5th,
20. Kt. takes Kt.
21. R. takes Kt.
22. Kt. to B's 5th.

18. Kt. to B's 3rd.
19. Q. Kt. to Q's 2nd.
20. Q. takes B.
21. Q. to R's 5th.

And wins.


Mr. Morphy and Mr. Maude. WHITE. (Mr. Mor.) BLACK. (Mr. Maude.) 1. P. to K's 4th.

1. P. to K's 4th. 2. B. to B's 4th.

2. Kt. to K. B's 3rd. 3. Kt. to K. B's 3rd.

3. Kt. to B's 3rd. 4. Kt. to Kt's 5th.

4. P. to Q's 4th. 5. P. takes P.

5. Kt. to Q. R's 4th. 6. P. to Q's 3rd. The German “ Handbuch " recommends this move.

6. P. to K's 5th. 7. Q. to K's 2nd.

7. Q. to K's 2nd. 8. Kt. takes K's P.

8. Kt. takes Kt. 9. P. takes Kt.

9. Q. to Kt's 5th (ch.) 10. Kt. to Q's 2nd.

10. Kt. takes B. 11. Q. takes Kt.

11. Q. to Kt's 3rd. 12. Castles.

12. B. to Q's 2nd. 13. P. to Q. R's 4th.

13. P. to Q. B's 3rd. 14. Kt. to B's 3rd.

14. B. to Q's 3rd. 15. B. to K's 3rd.

15. Q. to B's 2nd. 16. Q. to Q's 4th.

16. P. to B's 3rd. 17. P. to B's 4th.

17. P. to Q. B's 4th. 18. Q. to Q's 3rd.

18. B. to K. Kt's 5th. 19. Kt. to Q's 2nd.

19. B. takes P. (ch.) 20. K. to R's sq.

20. B. to B's 5th. 21. P. to K. Kt's 3rd.

21. B. takes B. 22. Q. takes B.

22. K. to Q's 2nd. 23. P. to K. B's 4th.

23. P. to Q. Kt's 3rd. Q. R. to K's sq. is the correct move. 24. P. to K's 5th.

24. P. to B's 4th.

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