I have always been a fan of the American Chess Master Paul Morphy. Being from the same general area where he was born and lived, I have traveled on Morphy Avenue many times. I also taught a summer course in the college where Morphy attended classes and graduated. In an interview, Bobby Fischer said about Paul Morphy, “I think
everyone agrees he was probably the greatest of them all.” Fischer named Morphy in the top 10 greatest chess players of all time and “the most accurate chess player who ever lived.”
The chess game played in 1858 at an opera house in Paris between the American chess master Paul Morphy and two strong amateurs, the German noble Duke Karl of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Count Isouard, is among the most famous chess games. Duke Karl and Count Isouard consulted together, playing as partners against Morphy. The game is often used by chess instructors to demonstrate the importance of rapid development of one's pieces, the value of sacrifices in mating combinations, and other lessons. It’s even listed in one of my favorite chess books “How Not To Play Chess” by Eugene A. Zosko-Borovsky.
White: Paul Morphy Black: Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard