|Black to play|
I was talking earlier in the year to a colleague Frank Meerbach about Morphy. Frank has been showing Morphy games for a long time, and is known to like the great American master. I asked Frank his favourite games and he said:
Paulsen-Morphy USA Ch 1857
Bird-Morphy London (m5) 1858
Opera House Game
There will, of course, be others but these 3 are absolute classics reprinted in many books, including all of them making it into Garry Kasparov's "My Great Predecessor's, Volume 1". It is important to gain something from classics, and there are some similar themes in the Paulsen and Bird games. I'll put the positions up, and then talk about them next time.
|Paulsen-Morphy, Black to play|
|Bird-Morphy, Black to move|
Whether you are trying to work out Morphy's combinations for the first time, or whether you are reliving them, enjoy!