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Paul Morphy
Morphy 
 
Number of games in database: 458
Years covered: 1848 to 1869

Overall record: +164 -25 =17 (83.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 252 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (43) 
    C51 C52
 King's Gambit Accepted (22) 
    C39 C38 C37 C35 C34
 Sicilian (14) 
    B44 B21 B40 B20
 King's Gambit Declined (13) 
    C30 C31
 Philidor's Defense (12) 
    C41
 French Defense (9) 
    C01 C00
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (21) 
    C33 C39 C38
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C77 C65 C78 C84 C67
 Evans Gambit (13) 
    C51 C52
 Giuoco Piano (10) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Philidor's Defense (7) 
    C41
 King's Pawn Game (4) 
    C44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 1-0
   Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 0-1
   Bird vs Morphy, 1858 0-1
   Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 1-0
   Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 1-0
   J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 0-1
   N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 0-1
   Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 1-0
   Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 1-0
   Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st American Chess Congress (1857)
   Morphy - Loewenthal (1858)
   Morphy - Mongredien (1859)
   Anderssen - Morphy (1858)
   Morphy - Harrwitz (1858)

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GAMES ANNOTATED BY MORPHY: [what is this?]
   La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
   La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
   La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
   La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
   McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834
   >> 31 GAMES ANNOTATED BY MORPHY


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PAUL MORPHY
(born Jun-22-1837, died Jul-10-1884, 47 years old) United States of America

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Paul Charles Morphy was born in New Orleans. He was the son of a successful lawyer and judge Alonzo Morphy. His uncle, Ernest Morphy, claims that no one formally taught Morphy how to play chess, but rather that he learned the rules by observing games between himself and Alonzo. When Morphy was only 12 years old, Johann Jacob Loewenthal visited New Orleans and at the behest of his father, agreed to play a casual match with the prodigy. Young Paul won 2½ to ½.

In 1857 Morphy won the First American Chess Congress with a dominating performance http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp... . This success was followed by a European trip where he met and triumphed over most of the prominent masters of the period, namely Adolf Anderssen whom he defeated +7 -2 =2 (see Anderssen - Morphy (1858)), Loewenthal in Morphy - Loewenthal (1858) and Daniel Harrwitz in Morphy - Harrwitz (1858). Upon returning to America, he announced his retirement from chess.

Although the official title of World Champion did not exist in his time, Morphy was and is widely regarded as the strongest player of his day. Even today his games are studied for their principles of open lines and quick development, and his influence on the modern game is undeniable. Mikhail Botvinnik wrote of his influence: "His mastery of open positions was so vast that little new has been learned about such positions after him."

User: jessicafischerqueen 's YouTube documentary of Paul Morphy: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...

Lucas Anderson's YouTube video 'The Life and Chess of Paul Morphy': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy6...

Unpublished manuscript of the "The First and Last Days of Paul Morphy", written by his friend and neighbor Constant Beauvais: https://web.archive.org/web/2017103...

Notes: Paul also played team chess with Morphy / Barnes and Morphy / Mongredien, and edited a chess column in the New York Ledger. / Games not actually played by Paul Morphy Game Collection: Not Really Morphy

Wikipedia article: Paul Morphy

Last updated: 2023-01-17 22:39:43

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 458  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-0311848Casual gameC23 Bishop's Opening
2. Morphy vs NN 1-0191848New OrleansC20 King's Pawn Game
3. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-0181848Casual gameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-0151849New Orleans mC51 Evans Gambit
5. Morphy vs NN 1-0201849Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
6. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-1231849New OrleansC38 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-0231849Casual gameC40 King's Knight Opening
8. Morphy vs E Rousseau 1-0171849Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
9. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-0291849Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-0461849New OrleansC51 Evans Gambit
11. Morphy vs Le Carpentier 1-0131849Rook odds game000 Chess variants
12. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-0111849Casual gameC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
13. Morphy vs E Morphy 1-0201849New OrleansC53 Giuoco Piano
14. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-0211849New OrleansC51 Evans Gambit
15. Morphy vs E Rousseau 1-0231849New OrleansC50 Giuoco Piano
16. Morphy vs NN 1-0141850Rook Odds game000 Chess variants
17. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-1141850New OrleansC02 French, Advance
18. NN vs Morphy 0-1241850Casual gameC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-0181850Rook Odds game000 Chess variants
20. Morphy vs NN 1-0181850Rook Odds game000 Chess variants
21. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-0491850Casual gameB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-0551850Casual gameC42 Petrov Defense
23. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-1251852Casual gameC52 Evans Gambit
24. Maurian vs Morphy 0-1151854Rook, Pawn and Two Moves Odds game000 Chess variants
25. Maurian vs Morphy 1-0291854Rook, Pawn and Two Moves Odds game000 Chess variants
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Mar-23-22  Polonia: nobody ever takes murphy to cleaners!

paul morphy was decalred world champion, so was adolf anderssen who won the strongest ever, for that time, tournament... you dont have to be unofficial world champion not to be the world champion, same goes for zukertort....

1. adolf anderssen
2. paul morphy
3. johannes zukertort
4. wilhelm steinitz

Jul-14-22  KnightVBishop: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2...

his mother was afro-carribean is this accurate?

Jul-14-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <his mother was afro-carribean is this accurate?>

Difficult to prove a negative, especially at the remove of two centuries, but I greatly doubt it. When Whyld/Hooper in <The Oxford Companion to Chess> (1e, 1984) claimed that Morphy was born of 'Creole descent' I suspect they (or maybe just Whyld) were animated by the same mischievous spirit that implied Morphy and Edge were lovers.

Jul-15-22  Reviews By AdiN: three unofficial world chess champsions who should be 1, 2, 3, then steinitz:

https://www.wikidata.org/w/index.ph...

Any player who draws world champion should be considered as CO-CHAMPION BUT NOT THE CHAMPION. In reality the lineal world champions should start from Anderssen, because of the major intnerational tournament he won in London in 1851 where he pretty much destroyed all the competition.

1. Adolf Anderssen 1851 - 1858, 1860 - 1865, 1868 - 1871 (23 years on top) Won all matches against Zukertort, except for the 1865 and 1871 match, Steinitz defeated Anderssen in 1866 but Anderssen was not the champ. Co Champions: Paulson drew Anderessen in 1860 match, 5 to 5, one draw, Kolisch did it in 1862 match, 3 to 3 with 2 draws. Anderssen also drew Daniel Harrwitz in 1848 match, 5 to 5, this could be considered the first world championship match since at least 10 serious games were played! In 1860 he drew 11 game match vs Harrwitz. In 1861 he won 9 game match vs Harrwitz. In 1862 he drew 8 game match vs Paulson! In 1864 he also drew Suhle, 3 to 3 with 2 draws. He lost a match in 1865 to Zukertort, regained the title in 1868. Since 1848 match was very competitive and Anderssen defeated everybody who met him, he should be considered the best player of his time.

2. Paul Charles Morphy 1858 - 1860
(technically, in reality: 1857 - 1884)

3. Johannes Zukertort 1865 - 1868, 1871 - 1872 In 1866 he played Victor Knorre in a 6 games match, it was drawn 3 to 3

Jul-22-22  Olavi: <MissScarlett: <his mother was afro-carribean is this accurate?> Difficult to prove a negative, especially at the remove of two centuries, but I greatly doubt it. When Whyld/Hooper in <The Oxford Companion to Chess> (1e, 1984) claimed that Morphy was born of 'Creole descent' I suspect they (or maybe just Whyld) were animated by the same mischievous spirit that implied Morphy and Edge were lovers.>

As Whyld later pointed out, in 1859 the word 'lover' would not have been interpreted the same way it is now - it's from a letter from Edge to Fiske. But I guess Whyld enjoyed the ambiguity. As for the Creole descent, that's how it is pretty much everywhere, e.g. Ludwig Bachmann has it so, to give an early 20th century writer.

Jul-23-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Mormon founder Joseph Smith’s photo discovered by descendant after nearly 180 years

[...]

In an article in the spring/summer issue of The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, out Thursday (July 21), the two historians detail the steps they took to authenticate the daguerreotype.

They hired facial recognition experts to compare the daguerreotype to Smith’s death mask. The company reported back that 19 of 21 measured features matched, within a 95% confidence interval.

Another expert compared the daguerreotype’s facial features with those seen in the most famous oil painting of Joseph Smith, noting that the hairline and other features were a match and that both images showed the same “distinctive frown line near the left eyebrow,” the article states.

Meanwhile, Mackay and Romig tried to verify the find through historical research. Now that they knew the long-rumored daguerreotype was housed inside a locket, they realized that it had, in fact, been “hiding in plain sight” all this time.

“The locket shows up on prominent Smith family women through the years,” Mackay said. Bertha Madison Smith, who married one of Joseph Jr. and Emma’s sons, wore it in a portrait in 1869. In 1875, a granddaughter wore it in her wedding portrait, in which the locket was hanging from a chain.

It’s believed that the locket remained in Emma’s possession until her death in 1879 and that she loaned it to female family members for special occasions. It eventually made its way to the family of the RLDS prophet Fred M. Smith (1874–1946), Joseph Jr.’s grandson and Larsen’s grandfather.

Mackay and Romig also investigated links to the likely photographer, a man named Lucian Foster. A Mormon branch president in New York City in 1839, when daguerreotypes first reached U.S. shores, Foster was an expert in the craft by the time he moved to Nauvoo to join his fellow Mormons in April 1844. Since he rented a room in the prophet’s home, he had close proximity to the Smith family. Experts think it’s during the brief period of May or early June of 1844 that Smith had Foster take his picture.>

https://religionnews.com/2022/07/21...

Jul-23-22  stone free or die: RE: Joseph Smith

Why?

Jul-23-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Why not? Ties into Morphy, daguerreotypes and facial recognition.
Jul-23-22  stone free or die: +1 customer service turn around time.

(-1 for not including it in original post)

Jul-23-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: < Everything about van Gogh fascinates us. The reasons can seem bottomless. What’s amazing is that, even after every aspect of his life has been subjected to a century-long barrage of scholarship, both scientific and archival, we remain in the dark about so many things.

Did he, for instance, die by suicide, or was he murdered, as his most recent biographers claim? If he was mentally ill, what exactly was his ailment? What medicines did he take to try to treat his problems, and what effect did they, or his illness, have on his art? What exactly made him cut off part of his ear and give it to a prostitute in Arles, in the south of France?

After this latest revelation, I have yet more questions, and I know I’m not alone.>

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/worl...

What's the tie-in?

Jul-23-22  stone free or die: <MissInscrutitoottoot> maybe it's plying the bottomless?

Oh wait, after visiting the article - I see the connection... both you and van Gogh should only be handled with gloves!

We await enlightenment...

Oct-30-22  Honest Adin Reviews: morphy played check until late 1870's with his good friend marion, who later emigrated to paris, but marion beat him with odds, so morphy had to play him on even terms to beat him!
Oct-30-22  Honest Adin Reviews: C.A.Buck from: Later Life of Paul Morphy, remembered:

http://encyclopediasupreme.org/0000... http://encyclopediasupreme.org/0000...

crap, he did not make it to 50.. problem is in full number, it may say one lived 1900-2000 but that is not certain you made it to 100, however if it says 1900-2001, one is for sure 100...

it's what venerable wanda nida discovered... let's say today is your 100th birthday, that is it, however if you make it to the next day, you are entering your 101st year...

also, let's say you are a boxer and graph shows your pro fighting years: e.g. rocky marciano (1947-1955, in reality 1946-1956, counting amateur and exhibitions fights, book explaining more on that and other topics can be bought on trafford.com lubek's threelogy, 2013 award winner) so, rocky's first pro bout was on march 17 1947 and he was to fight either floyd patterson or sonny liston on january 5 1957, it's not full 10 years, but his boxing years would have shown: 1947-1957.

Dec-01-22  Honest Adin Reviews: YO, CHECK OUT WHAT VENERABLE WANDA NIDA DISCOVERED (MORE LOGIC):

let's say today is your 100th birthday, that is it, however if you make it to the next day, you are entering your 101st year...

also, let's say you are a boxer and graph shows your pro fighting years: e.g. rocky marciano (1947-1955, in reality 1946-1956, counting amateur and exhibitions fights, book explaining more on that and other topics can be bought on trafford.com lubek's threelogy, 2013 award winner) so, rocky's first pro bout was on march 17 1947 and he was to fight either floyd patterson or sonny liston on january 5 1957, it's not full 10 years, but his boxing years graph will show: 1947-1957.

Dec-15-22  Honest Adin Reviews: paul morphy did not wanted to be remembered just as a mere chess player, but also as good attorney who pretty much memorized entire book of louisiana law. he did not play chess for the hell of it or for money, but for sport and honor!
Dec-15-22  Honest Adin Reviews: https://www.wikidata.org/w/index.ph...
Jan-09-23  Honest Adin Reviews: encyclopediasupreme.org/0000/morphy
Jan-11-23  Honest Adin Reviews: fischer said if morphy was alive today, all he has to do is learn modern openings and he would be the man to beat... but people forget morphy only played chess for its glory and honor, not dough!
Jan-14-23  WilhelmThe2nd: In 1976, David Lawson published his book 'Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess' (New York: David McKay Co.). Both before and after his book appeared, Lawson wrote other pieces about Morphy:

1950 - Article "Paul Morphy Remembered" in the May-June issue of 'American Chess Bulletin'.

1953 - Article on Morphy in 'The California Chess Reporter' (Vol. 2, No.9, May, 1953).

1953 - Article on Morphy in the program for the anniversary celebration of the Leidsch Studenten Schaakgenootschap Morphy (LSSG Morphy).

1964 - Article "The Life of Paul Morphy" in 'Chessworld' magazine (Vol. 1, No. 1, Jan.-Feb., 1964).

1973 - Introduction to the Dover reprint of F. M. Edge's 'The Exploits and Triumphs in Europe of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion'.

1975 - Letter regarding F. M. Edge's book in 'CHESS' magazine (January, 1975).

1978-9 - Two articles titled "Unknown Morphy Games" in the August, 1978 & September, 1979 issues of 'British Chess Magazine'.

1981 - Chapter on Morphy in 'World Chess Champions', ed. E. G Winter (Oxford: Pergamon, 1981).

There is also a portion of a letter from Lawson discussing Morphy's playing record published in James J. Barrett's chess column in the 'Buffalo Courier-Express' (Sunday, January 28th, 1951, page 16-C).

I would be grateful for any information about any other writings about Morphy by David Lawson.

Jan-14-23  Sally Simpson: You have probably seen https://www.chessscotland.com/docum... which is detailed bio of David Lawson by Alan McGowan.

But others may not have done.

Also a wee warning regarding editions of 'Pride and Sorrow.' It appears the 2010 version is missing 60 games from the 1976 edition.

Jan-15-23
Premium Chessgames Member
  nizmo11: <Sally Simpson>Also a wee warning regarding editions of 'Pride and Sorrow.' It appears the 2010 version is missing 60 games from the 1976 edition.

I have the 2010 edition (editor Thomas Aiello), and was really disappointed by the lack of games. The editor provides the following explanation in Editors Introduction (p.xx), ''Also included in Lawson's original publication was part II, collection of sixty Morphy chess games. I have removed it from this volume". The reasoning: "[...] part II provides nothing that cannot be just as conveniently (and in algebraic notation) found in myriad other Morphy books or outlets."
I find this a very lame excuse. I am getting the feeling that the editor did not want to convert this section from descriptive to algebraic notation.
The chess contents of this edition are limited to two early Morphy games and one position, which all are given in descriptive notation.

Jan-15-23  Honest Adin Reviews: whatss link to dave's bio?
Jan-15-23
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: The 1976 edition is available at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/

It can be borrowed (assuming you have a free account) for a period of one hour or 14 days, subject to availability (I don't think this is a problem).

Jan-15-23  Honest Adin Reviews: https://www.chessscotland.com/docum...
Jan-18-23  Honest Adin Reviews: yo, morphy played until early 1880's with his friend maurian: he was good player, morphy gave odds to him and almost always won, but later on maurian became better and beat morphy, so morphy had to play him on even terms, but only him: http://www.edochess.ca/batgirl/deMa... after morphy's death he felt america was not his home (i wonder why... so much bs going on here and it's hard to find support system especially in shytti wikipedoia filled with wikiarrogance and wikigornace), so he lived his years in france.

charles de maurian is part of chess history!

how good was morphy in positional play?

positional play started with steinitz or did tarrash empower it? https://encyclopediasupreme.org/000...

anybody for taimanov and classical music: COURTESY OF DA CHESS CHAMP:

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good night, dracula is calling:

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