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Morphy, Paul

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Paul Morphy, (1837-1884), was born in New Orleans, USA.  At the tender age of 10 he was already defeating masters.  A law school graduate at the age of 17, Morphy dominated the 1857 American Chess Congress in New York City.  In the final round of this knock-out event, he defeated Louis Paulsen, a German chessmaster, by a score of +5, =2, -1.  During his visit in Europe in the years 1858-1859, he took Europe by storm by defeating the best European players in match play, including another chess giant - Adolf Anderssen, thereby been recognized as the first 'unofficial' World Chess Champion.  He believed that chess was not a fitting profession for a grown man.  This belief eventually led him to give up chess and pursue an unsuccessful career as a lawyer.  His style of play is mostly based on quick mobilization of forces, and is determined to post pieces on open lines and boldly sacrifices material to gain the initiative.  He prefered open games, and his tactical genius and positional judgment are best served in this type of battlefield.  Although he had a handful of brilliant attacking games, Morphy was also an excellent strategist.

Here is one of his most famous and brilliant games:

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  • 6 years ago · Quote · #1

    Bantu_negro

    Yes!
  • 6 years ago · Quote · #2

    davidknight

    Very nice resume,  bold moves but well planned.
  • 6 years ago · Quote · #3

    riez1974

     

    Smile merci, très beaucoup!!!

    I knew I would be learning a lot about chess by joining chess.com. However, my Bobby vs Paul question has given me comments from all of you that are turning me into a CHESS HISTORY PEDANT!

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  • 6 years ago · Quote · #4

    Gokukid

    Morphy thank you


  • 6 years ago · Quote · #5

    Artemi

    Very brilliant!
  • 6 years ago · Quote · #6

    vj1

    Strange that Paul died exactly 184 years ago.
  • 6 years ago · Quote · #7

    Abarai

    What won cos of zugswang.
  • 6 years ago · Quote · #8

    nikolai_sotnacedlav

    Fantastic! At the grand opening of Florida Renaisance Historical Society, costumed, sword fighting combatants put on a "living chess" demonstration.  That great tactical game --very nice.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #9

    Animals

    He was the best chess player of all time.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #10

    lukeyboy_xx

    very nice

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #11

    Cavalierlibre

    It's a rich game in history and learning! I appreciate well the game Paul Morphy!

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #12

    donngerard

    very nice

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #13

    DylanAM

    Earlier this year I lived in New Orleans.  I got a job in the French Quarter at a place called Brennan's.  Only after working there for a couple of months did I see the plaque on the wall:  Alonzo Morphy and his son Paul lived here.

    I worked in Paul Morphy's house!  What a find!!!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #14

    chessdoggblack

    Wow!!! some chess. Well i am a native New Orleanian and i read that New Orleans once had a "WORLD" champion chess player, named Paul Morphy. I love chess and have being playing since i was 16yrs old: a little late in life but...better late than never. Anyway, i use to visit the grave site of Morphy not far from my home; and at his grave site were some chess pieces that i would touch and try to feel the energy of Paul Morphy through those pieces to enhance my game, and remember my home town hero of CHESS...who put our hometown in the history books as well...forever. Thanks Paul.Cool

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #15

    TomBreakfast

    impressiveMoney mouth

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #16

    Bobbyfisher1985

    that was sick, morphy is brilliant. sacrificing and well strategized

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