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Steinitz and Lasker mention some of Morphy faults and deficiency in his skills, they pointed to unsound combination, poor understanding of positional play and poor endgame technique. Look at Lasker's Manuel, he mention this in his book.
Very easy for smart ass to point out "unsound combinations" many years after the game was played. Unfortunately OTB opponent does not have such a time.
In Morphy's time there was no time limit and a player could take a long time calculate all the possibilities. Some of Morphy faulty combination could be over confidence or just a bad day. Doesn't mean he was not a genuis, just made him human and humans make mistakes.
This endgame I representing is one the reason I think Steinitz would of won a match against Morphy. Steinitz is practical player and a win is more important than a flashy combination that might not win or to play an accurate endgame to win or draw according to the demand of the position.
This game from a match with Loewenthal, on the 8th game.
It would have been Lasker taking the title from Morphy after a close match with Steinitz
Who would win: Morphy or Steinitz (both at their peak)?
That would definitley be an interesting match. The unstoppable force vs. The immovable object. Since i think defense wins games, id go with Steinitz.
Indeed, this is the big difference between Morphy and all his opponents and/or later players: Paul never thinked more than a few seconds or at worst not many minutes for his moves. Just brainwaves, no matter for a little (human) mistakes.
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