Friday, June 20, 2008


Daily Tactic June 20, 2008

Paul Morphy in 1849 New Orleans. His opponent does not put up the best defense but, I guess, the pain is over quicker that way and it makes for a prettier finish. Black to move.

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A bit harder than the last one but not too hard; the position suggests a smothered mate, but you have to spot the clearance move before it clicks.
The trick with publishing some of these tactics in puzzle form is deciding where the tactic "starts".
Paul Charles Morphy (June 22, 1837 - July 10, 1884)... meaning that since the date of this game is June 21, 1849... he was one dayh shy of his twelfth birthday when he played this smothered mate!!!
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