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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Open the Diagonals For Two Bishops.

Pin It Morphy -- Amateur, New Orleans, 1858


Black Moves In this position Black is two Pawns ahead, and it is probable that he can win with proper defense. However he fails to understand the position. He should strive to keep the lines closed, for instance by Playing f6 and retreating the Knight to g6 ( after White's inevitable f4) so as to observe the key square, White's e5. White must be prevented at all costs from opening lines by f4 and e5, instead, with his next move, Black,solves the problem. Morphy has thus far been unable to solve - namely, how to open up diagonals for his two Bishops.

1... f5 2. f4 Nc6 3. Bc4+ Kh8 Qe7
5. Rde1 Rf6 6. exf5 Qf8 Qxe8 8. Qxf6 Qe7 9. Qxg7+
Qxg7 10. f6



Black Resigns

The twentieth-century neo-romantics, notably Tchigorin, Marshall and Spielmann, carried Morphy's lessons of the open game to the point of absurdity when they attempted to render Force completely subservient to aesthetics. Marshall, in particular, lacked the ability to discriminate between the beautiful and the possible , often over-reaching himself. The Romantics, in general, suffered from an inability to discipline their imaginations.

The Romantic style wa characteristic of the man loving action and quick success. The classical reaction was due principally to the character of one who disinterested in the glory of ready success. Who strove instead for lasting values -- Wilhelm Steinitz.

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