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BLINDFOLD GAMES PLAYED IN PARIS.
The following games were played in the latter part of Sept., 1858, at the Café de la Régence, in Paris. Mr. Morphy, in the present instance, contended blindfold, and simultaneously, against MM. Baucher, Bierwith, Bornemann, Guibert, Lequesne, Botier, Préti and Seguin.
The triumph of the American champion was even greater in this blindfold encounter than on other similar occasions. MM. Lequesne and Préti drew their games; all the rest were won by Mr, Morphy.
TABLE No. 1.—PHILIDOR's VEFENCE.
Mr. Morphy and M. Baucher.
(M. B.) 1. P. to K's 4th.
1. P. to K's 4th. 2. Kt. to K. B's 3rd.
2. P. to Q's 3rd. 3. P. to Q's 4th.
3. P. takes P. 4. Q. takes P.
4. Kt. to Q. B's 3rd. 5. B. to Q. Kt's 5th.
5. B. to Q's 2nd. 6. B. takes Kt.
6. B. takes B. 7. B. to Kt's 5th.
7. P. to B's 3rd. 8. B. to R's 4th.
8. Kt. to R's 3rd. It is a question to which square this Knight should now be played to R's 3rd, or to K's 2nd. Much may be said in favour of both moves. When played to R's 3rd, the Kt. may subsequently be brought back to B's 2nd, and Castling becomes feasible, whilst if the Kt. be moved 10 K's 2nd, with the object of posting it at Kt's 3rd, a diagonal is left open which will render Castīing a less easy matter. The relative mèrit, however, of the two poves can only be determined by freque?tly testing them in actual play. Kt. to B's 3rd.
9. B. to K's 2nd. 10. Castles (K. R.)
10. Castles. to B's 4th (ch.)
11. K. to R's sq.
12. Kt. to Q's 4th.
12. Q. to Q's 2nd. 13. Q. R. to Q's sq.
13. R. to B's 2nd. Played, it would seem, with the view of occupying the vacated square with the Queen's Rook, though we do not see that Black's position would thereby be much improved. 14. P. to B's 4th.
In recording games played by Mr. Morphy, we have noticed, as well worthy of observation, how invariably he seizes the proper moment for advancing the K. B’s P. after Castling. It always seems to give him a decided advantage, as in the present instance, for the K's R. is at once brought to bear on the Black King's entrenchments.
14. P. to R's 4th. 15. P. to B's 5th.
15. K. R. to B's sq. This advance of the K. B's P. effectually prevented Black fi carrying out his intention of bringing Q's R. to K. B's sq., on ace of the threatened move of Kt. to K's 6th; and the retreat of the F' was no doubt caused by M. Baucher's wish to bring his Knigh play, which he could not now do without leaving his Rook en po 16. Kt. to K's 6th. White has now a very fine game.
16. R. to K. Kt's so 17. P. to R's 4th.
17. Kt. to Kt's 5th 18. Q. to K's 2nd.
Mr. Morphy is evidently possessed of the rarest ger From the commencement of the game he makes such of his pieces that, after serving his purpose to the ut (M. B.) be brought at once, and without the least loss of t any
given point of the adversary's game. The moves 3rd. good illustration of our remark; for the Queen, afte. B's 3rd. time maintained a position of importance, is now becomes even more powerful than before. This egularly (as others of mencement of a very masterly combination.
gainst him blindfold)
sult is the very reverse
18. Kt. to 19. B. to Kt's 3rd.
19. Q. too Q's 4th. To get rid of the Knight by playing B. to Q? P. takes P. Q's P. to take Bishop if Black's Knight were c to K. Kt's 5th. 20. B. takes Kt.
co Q's 3rd.
to R's 4th. 21. R. to B's 3rd.
Kt. to Q's 2nd. The key move of a beautiful combinatir when we remember that it takes place
taneously with seven others, against strong players, and all without sight of board or men. The diagram following shows the position of the pieces at this interesting point :
22. R. to R's 3rd.
21. B. to Q's 2nd.
22. P. to R's 3rd. If R. to
K's sq., White wins, as follows1:
22. R. to K's sq.
23. P. to K. R's 3rd. takes Kt's P.
24. B. to B's sq.* 24. Kt.
25. K. to Kt's sq. R's 7th (ch.)
26. K, to B's 2nd. 26. Q. to
And White mates in two moves.
23. Q. to K. R's 5th.
23. Q. to Q'S
Played in excellent style.
23. K. to R's 2nd.
24. B. to Q's 3rd.
We again give a did'gram of the position, which deserves the student's close examina Cion.
Mr. Morphy's play here is a remarkable specimen of brilliancy and correctness
* We can see nothing better; if K. to Kt's sq., White would win with R. to K. Kt's 3rd. ny
25. K. takes R. 26. R. to Q's 3rd.
26. K. to R's 4th. 27. Q. to B's 7th (ch.)
TABLE No. 2.-IRREGULAR OPENING.
Mr. Morphy and M. Bierwith.
BLACK. (M. B.) 1. P. to K's 4th.
1. P. to K's 3rd. 2. P. to Q's 4th.
2. P. to Q. B's 3rd. M. Bierwith probably opened his game thus irregularly (as others of Mr. Morphy's opponents did when they played against him blindfold) in the hope of puzzling his antagonist, but the result is the very reverse of that intended. 3. B. to Q's 3rd.
3. P. to Q's 4th. 4. P. takes P.
4. K's P. takes P. 5. Kt. to K. B's 3rd.
5. B. to K. Kt's 5th. 6. Castles.
6. B. to Q's 3rd. 7. P. to K. R's 3rd.
7. B. to R's 4th. 8. B. to K's 3rd.
8. Kt. to Q's 2nd.
9. R. to K's sq.
9. Kt. to K's 2nd. 10. Q. Kt. to Q's 2nd. White, even at this early stage of the game, has all his pieces in fuli play.
10. B. takes Kt. 11. Kt. takes B.
11. P. to K. R's 3rd. A proper measure of precaution, as both the Knight and Bishop, are thus prevented from occupying the K. Kt's 5th. 12. Q. to Q's 2nd.
12. Q. to B's 2nd. 13. P. to B's 4th.
13. P. takes P. 14. K's B. takes P.
14. P. to K. B's 1th. 15. Kt. to K's 5th.
15. Castles (Q. R.) The advantage to be gained by taking the Knight was more apparent than real : if Black take with the Bishop, then follows16. P. takes B.
16. Kt. takes P. 17. B. to K's 6th.
17. R. to Q's sq. 18. Q. to Q. B's 3rd.
18. Q. to Q's 3rd. 19. B. to Q. B's 5th.
And must win. And if with Knight16. P. takes Kt.
16. B. takes P. 17. B. to Q. B's 5th.
17. R. to Q's sq. (best.) 18. Q. to K's 2nd.
18. B. to K. B's 3rd (best.) 19. Q. to K's 6th.
19. R. to Q's 2nd (best.) (For if
19. R. to K. B's sq. 20. B. takes Kt.
20. B. takes B. 21. Q. to Kt's 6th (ch.)
21. K. to Q's 2nd. 22. B, to Q's 6th (ch.)
Winning.) 20. Q. R. to Q’s sq.
20. R. to Q's 4th. We perceive no better move; for if 20. K. to Q's sq., then B. takes Kt. (ch.), and if 20. R. to K. B's sq., then B. to Q's 6th, with an excellent game; and, lastly, if R. takes R., then R. retakes, and if R. be then played to K. B's sq., White takes Kt. with B., and wins. 21. B. takes R.
21. P. takes B. 22. B. takes Kt.
22. B. takes B. 23. R. to Q’s B. And wius. We subjoin a diagram of the position, in order that the student may the more readily examine the different variations :