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What's your Morphy Number?


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1

    Manack

    Morphy Number

    Mine is 7. 

    I have played Yi Liu who has played Stephen Solomon who has played David Smerdon who has played Bob Wade who has played Savielly Tartakower who has played James Mortimer who has played Paul Morphy.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2

    oinquarki

    Do simuls count?

    If so, then I have a Morphy number of 5, from playing against Susan Polgar.

    EDIT: I've also played Larry D. Evans, but that still gives me 5

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #3

    goldendog

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4

    ivandh

    I played NN who played Morphy

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #5

    Joseph-S

    ivandh wrote:

    I played NN who played Morphy


     I'm pretty sure we won't get a lower number than that.  So what do you say we go ahead and crown Ivandh the winner.

                                  

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #6

    CPawn

    Cool..i have a Morphy number of 4.  I have played both Max Euwe and George Koltanowski.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7

    NickYoung5

    Difficult to see 4 being beaten (except by Ivandh!)

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8

    dnleary

    tonydal wrote:

    Yeah, I had a feeling Kevin Bacon was gonna be showing up somewhere...


     As of December 2007, the highest finite Bacon number reported by the Oracle of Bacon is 8

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9

    electricpawn

    876-5309

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #10

    SchuBomb

    Manack wrote:

    Morphy Number

    Mine is 7. 

    I have played Yi Liu who has played Stephen Solomon who has played David Smerdon who has played Bob Wade who has played Savielly Tartakower who has played James Mortimer who has played Paul Morphy.


    Does that Yi Liu happen to play minesweeper? I remember a Yi Liu who was threatening my (then) #3 spot in the Australian minesweeper rankings (I'm now #2). And people who are good at minesweeper are likely to be good at chess, and vice versa (pattern recognition, problem solving etc.)

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #11

    Spiffe

    electricpawn wrote:

    876-5309


    Fail.

    Interesting concept.  I'm a 5, thanks to my game in a tournament vs. Ruben Shocron -- a fairly obscure Argentinian master, though he's Game #6 in Fischer's 60 Memorable Games -- who played Gligoric, who is a 3.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #13

    Eo____

    My Morphy number is at most 7, via;

    Morphy 0

    John Owen 1

    Michell 2

    Botvinnik 3

    Kholmov 4 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphy_number "For example, Garry Kasparov, along with most current top players, has a Morphy Number of 5: Kasparov played Ratmir Kholmov (Morphy number 4), who played Mikhail Botvinnik (Morphy number 3), who played Reginald Michell (Morphy number 2), who played John Owen (Morphy number 1)")

    Nigel Short 5... at most (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1124073)

    Kacparov 6... at most

    Me 7.. at most

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #14

    Elroch

    With a Kasparov number of 2, I can't be sure I have a Morphy number of less than 7. Of the MN3 players, I think the only one I have even seen in the flesh is Bent Larsen (he played at the Hasting Premier a couple of decades back, while I was playing in a graded tournament). The wikipedia list seems woefully incomplete - one would expect the number of players in each group to grow much more rapidly.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #15

    Crazychessplaya

    My Morphy number is 6. I played Iweta Rajlich (Radziewicz) who played Pia Cramling who played Bent Larsen, whose Morphy number is 3.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #16

    DrSpudnik

    I've been to New Orleans a couple of times. Does that count for anything?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #17

    heinzie

    I've played against three of the Wikipedia list with a fairly satisfying score of 1.0/7

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #19

    Eo____

    Kacparov wrote:

    Eo_____________ your number is 6 because mine is 5


    are you sure you have never played a 3?


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