Saturday, July 19, 2008

 

Daily Tactic July 19, 2008

Morphy-Potier in an 1858 Paris simul. Morphy uses a Space Clearance sacrifice and exploits a Pin to set up a fatal Discovered Check. Potier resigned before the discovered check could be played.

Morphy/Morphy-Potier-1858.pgn

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Friday, July 11, 2008

 

Daily Tactic July 11, 2008

The Opera Game was a famous chess game played in 1858 between the American chess master Paul Morphy and two strong amateurs, the German noble Duke Karl of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Count Isouard, who consulted, playing together as partners against Morphy.

The game is often used by chess teachers to demonstrate the importance of rapidly developing one's pieces, as well as other lessons.


Puzzles/Morhpy-Isouard-1858.pgn

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Friday, July 04, 2008

 

Daily Tactic July 4, 2008

Henry Bird - Paul Morphy. London, 1858.
In 1858 he lost a match to Paul Morphy at the age of 28, yet he played high-level chess for another 50 years. Although Bird was a practicing accountant, not a professional chess player, it has been said that he "lived for chess, and would play anybody anywhere, any time, under any conditions." In the New York tournament of 1876, Bird received the first brilliancy prize ever awarded, for his game against James Mason.
Bird plays Kb2 and Morphy (black) puts him away.

And the whole game:

Puzzles/Bird-Morphy-1858.pgn

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Friday, June 13, 2008

 

Warren Harper Wins TX State Championship

Congratulations to Houstonian Warren Harper, one of the youngest TX State Champions ever! Here are some games from the 2008 TX Championship.


TXChamp2008/Harper-Schoonmaker-TXChamp2008-Rd6.pgn



TXChamp2008/Langer-Harper-TXChamp2008-Rd7.pgn



TXChamp2008/Croson-Allen-TXChamp2008-Rd7.pgn

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