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I think better question is "who was more talented - Carlsen or Morphy?" to which I'd answer Carlsen still.
hmm maybe you are right...
but nowadays there is a lot of technological improvement and our brains have evolved so if carlsen was in the era of paul i think carlsen would be more than a machine for them!so i choose carlsen and morphy see this game played by paul morphy and see the brilliancy!
thus, this game shows morphy's brilliance but i still think carlsen is much better than morphy!
Who is better?
Mikhail Chigorin, or Tigran Petrosian?
I am better, superior, stronger, excellente, overpowered, than carlsen in my dreams!
If Morphy was time machined to this month there would be at least 2000 people who could beat him in a match.
Paul Morphy had an amazing ability to learn new things from his strong opponents. In his match vs Harrwitz he lost first 2 games, then he won 5. In his match vs Anderssen he lost 1st, drew 2nd and then he started winning, but Anderssen also learned from Morphy, albeit slower, and fought back later with 1 additional victory and 1 draw.
So if Morphy faced Carlsen in a match, he would lose 1-3 initial games and then turn it around. Therefore, Carlsen should win short FIDE knockout match, Morphy any other longer match.
Morphy was the greatest chess player of all time and always will be. He was amazing in open game positions and his only weakness were closed positions like the dutch defence but even then he is still able to win. He only lost 28 games in his career. Bobby Fischer analyzed his games and saw the genius in them. Morphy rarely made blunders and he was feared by many.
It's very simple to say who's better between them:analyze their games with the best chess program that exists nowadays,analyze them at a very great deep level,and see who plays more like the program.
In this way you can see who plays OBJECTIVELY better.
But you also have to consider that they play against human opponents,and sometimes a dubious move is even better than a right one (because even if a sacrifice,for example,is not completely correct,but it increases a lot the pressure on the opponent,he will likely make a mistake)
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