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Traps - Pt. 7

      Here are five more examples of Philidor's Legacy from actual games. I'm not sure whether this maneuver can be considered an actual trap, but it's certainly trappy in nature and the potential for an opponent to use this maneuver can be a tactical weapon in itself.

The first three games were conducted by Paul Morphy and one of those an "odds" game. The fourth was played by Franklin Knowles Young, one of the Mandarins of the Yellow Button and the final example was from a game between the great John Cochrane and the almost great Indian player Mohishunder Bannerjee.
(
more on Cochrane in India)

Following the clever suggestion by member normajeanyates, to hopefully circumvent some of the game-loading problems, I've placed the pgn below each of the games.


[Event "New Orleans"]
[Site "New Orleans"]
[Date "1849.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "James McConnell"]
[Black "Paul Morphy"]
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 Bg7 5. d3 h6 6. O-O Nf6 7. c3 b5 8. Bxb5 c6 9. Bc4 d5 10. exd5 cxd5 11. Qe2+ Be6 12. Bb3 O-O 13. d4 Ne4 14. Bc2 f5 15. Nbd2 Nc6 16. c4 Bxd4+ 17. Nxd4 Nxd4 18. Qd3 Qb6 19. Kh1 Nxc2 20. Qxc2 Nf2+ 21. Kg1 Nh3+ 22. Kh1 Qg1+ 23. Rxg1 Nf2# 0-1
 

[Event "New York (USA)"]
[Site "New York (USA)"]
[Date "1859.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Paul Morphy"]
[Black "Thomas Jefferson Bryan"]
[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 Bc5 6. O-O d6 7. d4 Bb6 8. dxe5 dxe5 9. Qb3 Qf6 10. Bb5 Be6 11. Qa4 Nge7 12. Bg5 Qg6 13. Bxe7 Kxe7 14. Bxc6 bxc6 15. Nxe5 Qf6 16. Nxc6+ Kf8 17. e5 Qg5 18. h4 Qg4 19. Qa3+ Kg8 20. Ne7+ Kf8 21. Ng6+ Kg8 22. Qf8+ Rxf8 23. Ne7# 1-0

 

[Event "Paris"]
[Site "Paris"]
[Date "1859.03.31"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Paul Morphy"]
[Black "F. Schrufer"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.O-O Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qh5 9.Nxe4 Be6 10.Neg5 Bb4 11.Rxe6+ fxe6 12.Nxe6 Qf7 13.Nfg5 Qe7 14.Qe2 Bd6  15.Nxg7+ Kd7 16.Qg4+ Kd8 17.Nf7+ Qxf7 18.Bg5+ Be7 19.Ne6+ Kc8 20.Nc5+ Kb8  21.Nd7+ Kc8 22.Nb6+ Kb8 23.Qc8+ Rxc8 24.Nd7# 1-0

 

[Event "Boston"]
[Site "Boston"]
[Date "1892.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Franklin Knowles Young"]
[Black "L Dore"]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nxe4 6. O-O Nd6 7. Nxc3 Nxc4 8. Re1+ Be7 9. Nd5 Nc6 10. Bg5 f6 11. Rc1 b5 12. Rxc4 bxc4 13. Ne5 fxg5 14. Qh5+ g6 15. Nf6+ Bxf6 16. Nxg6+ Qe7 17. Rxe7+ Bxe7 18. Ne5+ Kd8 19. Nf7+ Ke8 20. Nd6+ Kd8 21. Qe8+ Rxe8 22. Nf7# 1-0
  

 

[Event "?"]
[Site "Calcutta"]
[Date "1855.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "John Cochrane"]
[Black "Mohishunder"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e3 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Be2 Nxc3 8. bxc3 c5 9. O-O cxd4 10. cxd4 Nc6 11. Bb2 Bg4 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Ba3 Qa5 14. Qb3 Rfe8 15. Rc5 Qb6 16. Rb5 Qd8 17. Ng5 Bxe2 18. Nxf7 Na5 19. Nh6+ Kh8 20. Qg8+ Rxg8 21. Nf7#
1-0

 

Comments


  • 11 months ago

    hotwax

    My new guilty pleasure: checking out these gems while listening to Django Reinhardt.

  • 5 years ago

    nod

    nice....can you post how to dfeat a black used c6 followed by e6 defence?

  • 5 years ago

    bugoobiga

    on the last one...that double check saves the queen...sweet.

  • 6 years ago

    shuttlechess92

    nice!

  • 6 years ago

    gjsgregskyplayer

    I don't know where you get these great games, but keep it up. I am a great fan of your blogs. Thank you, Greg

  • 6 years ago

    normajeanyates

    I think of / use philidor's legacy as a chunked 'move' - like a fork, a pin, a skewer, a discovered attack, etc.

    I think the stronger the player is, the more and longer are the 'chunked' moves in their repertoire. For an IM, I should think the 2-bishop sac with winning attack - the classical case of it [*] as described in Eugene Zmnosko-Borovsky's book 'the art of combination in chess' - would be *one* chunked move....

    So, I analyse - 'if this than that and then if this and then that and then if ...  and I have philidor's legacy, so opp has to prevent that by ... . [That's what I mean by philidor's legacy being a 'chunked' move for me...]

    [*]i.e. meeting all the conditions described in said book - and so guaranteeing a win

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    PS: I see that batgirl has already said it in the article, though in different words:

    Batgirl wrote in main article> I'm not sure whether this maneuver can be considered an actual trap, but it's certainly trappy in nature and the potential for an opponent to use this maneuver can be a tactical weapon in itself.

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