Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Morphy, Maróczy, and Diemer

Yesterday I noticed a special book for sale on eBay. It was a copy of Paul Morphy: Sammlung der von ihm gespielten Partien mit ausführlichen Erläuterungen, by Géza Maróczy, published by W. de Gruyter & Co, Berlin and Leipzig, 1908, 436 pages. E. J. Diemer relied on the 1909 edition of this book for a number of his comments on Morphy in his writings.
A great admirer of Morphy, Diemer credited him as the inspiration for his own love of gambits and the development of his combinational skills. In Vom Ersten Zug an auf Matt he went so far as to suggest Morphy was the "spiritual father" of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. On pages 162-164 of Vom Ersten Zug... in an essay entitled "Paul Morphy, Der Geistige Vater des Blackmar-Diemer Gambits," written on 22 June 1957, the 120th anniversary of Morphy's birth, Diemer gives game number 352 from Maróczy's book, page 394. It is a game between Morphy and his good friend Charles Maurian, with Morphy playing without his Queen's Knight. Here's the game in PGN format so you can clip it and play through it if you'd like. [Event "New Orleans"] [Date "1866.??.??"] [White "Morphy, Paul"] [Black "Maurian, Charles A"] [Result "1-0"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/R1BQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] [PlyCount "89"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nh3 dxe4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. O-O b6 6. f3 e3 7. Bxe3 Be7 8. Qe2 O-O 9. Rad1 Nd5 10. Bc1 Nc6 11. c3 Bd6 12. Bd3 f5 13. Bb5 Nce7 14. c4 Nb4 15. a3 c6 16. Ba4 b5 17. c5 Bc7 18. Bb3 Nbd5 19. Bg5 Qe8 20. Bxe7 Qxe7 21. Bxd5 cxd5 22. Qxb5 e5 23. Qc6 Be6 24. dxe5 Rac8 25. Ng5 Qxg5 26. Qxe6+ Kh8 27. f4 Qg4 28. Rf3 Bb6 29. b4 Bxc5+ 30. bxc5 Rxc5 31. Qd6 Rfc8 32. Rxd5 Rc1+ 33. Rd1 h6 34. h3 Qh4 35. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 36. Kh2 Qe1 37. Qf8+ Kh7 38. Qxf5+ Kg8 39. Rd3 Qh1+ 40. Kg3 Qe1+ 41. Kg4 Qe2+ 42. Kh4 Qf2+ 43. g3 Qb6 44. Rd6 Qc7 45. Rd7 1-0 Here's a link to the Maróczy book on eBay (the auction closes on 1 February).