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I almost exactly replicated the end position of Paul Morphy's most famous game!

  • #1

    Paul Morphy's most famous game (arguably) for those who live under rocks:

     

     
     
    And now my recent game, notice the end position: 
     
     

     

  • #2
    That's so cool, it's amazing how many play that opening as black
  • #3

    My game was an entirely different opening (just as dubious as Morphy's opponents though).  

  • #4

    Lol. Good job 

  • #5

    Nice. You might be Paul Morphy 2.0!

  • #6

    Ah, I see you played the joke variation of the French defense.

     

    It's like 3: exd5, the boring variation, but called the joke variation because when you played 3: Nc3 you were kidding.

  • #7
    xman720 wrote:

    Ah, I see you played the joke variation of the French defense.

     

    It's like 3: exd5, the boring variation, but called the joke variation because when you played 3: Nc3 you were kidding.

     

    Is there a better way to punish 3...c5?  

  • #8

    Very nice.  

  • #9
    Fixing_A_Hole wrote:
    xman720 wrote:

    Ah, I see you played the joke variation of the French defense.

     

    It's like 3: exd5, the boring variation, but called the joke variation because when you played 3: Nc3 you were kidding.

     

    Is there a better way to punish 3...c5?  

    Yeah, 3...c5 is just bad, I don't even know if that variation has a name. 

  • #10

    Coooool

  • #11

    What's bad at all about 3:...c5?

     

    Granted, I would be wierded out if I were to see it in a game, but that doesn't mean its bad. I don't see what basis white has to try to punish black other  than "That's not a move I've seen before". Is black lacking in space, activity, king safety, material, color weakness, missing bishops, lack of coordination, plans, or options?

     

    The only advantage white has is he is one tempo ahead. That is not enough of an advantage to say "I'm going to punish black."

     

    It seems to not challenge much but I don't see how its bad or can be punished. Is there a tactic I'm missing that causes black to give up material or a positional concession? Because if not, the position itself is completely playable and equal as far as first-move advantage goes. Black has given up absolutely nothing and done nothing dubious. The only thing I can accept is that by common practice this move has been decided to not have much of a future in the long term and/or white has a response that gives him an easy game where black doesn't have much to do other than defend, but that doesn't make 3:... c5 a "bad" move like 1: d4 d5 2: c4 Nf6, just a move that doesn't offer a lot of resistance.

  • #12

    The problem with 3...c5 after 3.Nc3 is that Black will lose a pawn that will have a tough time regaining it

     

  • #13

    You're right, I missed that white was still okay after the d4 sequence due to Na4 or Ne4. Thanks.

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