Alexander Meek vs. Paul Morphy

Dramatic end game at New Orleans, 1885. Alexander Beaufort Meek with whites was playing against Paul Morphy with the blacks. The puzzle illustrates the Morphy’s way to win in 4. Can you find this solution?

Roll over to see the solution: 1... Bxg2 2. Qh8+ Kxh8 3. Bg5 Qxg5 4. Rfe1 Nf3#

FEN: Q7/p1p1q1pk/3p2rp/4n3/3bP3/7b/PP3PPK/R1B2R2 b - - 0 1

About the players

Alexander Meek

Alexander Beaufort Meek (1814-1865) was a prominent American politician, writer, poet, layer, judge and chess player.


Paul MorphyPaul Charles Morphy (1837-1884) American chess player, considered the greatest of his time and unofficial World Chess Champion.

Bobby Fischer ranked him among the 10th best chess players of all times, "The Pride and Sorrow of  Chess".

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    Andreas at

    Qe7-h4
    2. g2-g3 Ne5-f3+
    3. Kh2-h1 Rg6xg3
    4. f2xg3 Qh4xg3
    5. Qa8-g8+ Kh7xg8
    6. Rf1-d1 Qg3-g2#

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    naidji nouri at

    1. Rh8-d8+ Qe7xd8
    2. Qf5-e6+ Kd6-c5
    3. Nd4-b3+ Kc5-b4
    4. Qe6-e4#

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    Younes at

    1. ……..,Bh3xg2
    2. Bc1-g5 Qe7xg5
    3. Qa8-f8 Qg5-h4+
    4. Kh2-g1 Bg2-f3#

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    chessenefrega at

    1. ……..,Bh3xg2
    2. Bc1-g5 Qe7xg5
    3. Qa8-f8 Qg5-h4+
    4. Kh2-g1 Bg2-f3#
    it’s ok

    but instead 3. Qa8-f8: 3. Qa8-h8+ (or g8+) Kxh8 (or Kxg8)
    4. f2-f4 (if 4. … Nf3+ 5. Rxf3)
    4. … Qg5-h4+
    5. Kh2-g1 Bg2-f3#
    Mate in 5 moves and not 4!

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