2. Oct, 2018

Encircling the king

Paul Morphy (1837-1884) was a chess champion whose games highlighted the relationship between attack and the positional features of development, center control and king safety.

Whistle  How did Morphy (White) force checkmate in 2 moves ?

The move he played prompted his opponent to resign as checkmate was unavoidable.

This game was played as part of a Blindfold Simultaneous exhibition where Morphy was playing 8 boards without looking at the positions - a feat of visualisation & memory.

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