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As many fans of Paul Morphy know, there have been some historical fiction written about him. On my Morphy website I host two short stories about Morphy: "The Best American Chess Player" by Dan Heisman and"The Day Kasparov Played Morphy" by Mark Kislingbury. I've recently added an enjoyable and well-researched screenplay written by Jonathan Goldner called "An American Genius."
Feel welcome to post any feedback or comments here.
I really love the writing of An American Genius, my only problem was that it directly implies that Morphy was in love with chess from a very young age, and that he dreamed of becoming champion and challenge Staunton. From what I know, he really never was in love with chess, unlike say Fischer who had an obsession with the game since age 7., he enjoyed it, saw it as a worthy pastime, but nothing more. Which makes his genius that much more impressive.
Thanks for your comments on "An American Genius" Now I am in the process of seeking co-producers and financing.
Thanks for reading it. Mr. Goldner did a wonderful bit of storytelling.
I just read "American Genius". It brought Morphy alive in a special way!!. I really enjoyed it!!
morphy all the way Batgirl
I'm convinced Morphy, as was pointed out by Bobby Fischer, would beat everyone in modern day society as well given time to prep himself. He revolutionized the game.
The drama that rings truest for me in all of the Morphy tales is when the woman Morphy fell in love with rejected him for being "a mere chess player." At that time, as now, women who could command the attention of men of means and accomplishment would never be interested in chess players. When I was a naive youth, I thought this was unfair. By now, I realize it could hardly be otherwise. There was one exception of course: Capablanca. He lived in a unique time when his greatness on the world stage was universally acknowledged by civilized people, thereby making it possible for women to find him attractive.
We end in a ball-in-claw bathtub, but begin with beingets and coffee in the French Quarter.
Wow! One hundred and fifty pages.
I am sure He would like the website, I'd bet on it!
@Kinn72 The reason Morphy didn't have the "game skills" Kasparov has is because chess hadn't evolved into the game it is today. Now people have acess to vast amounts of information regarding chess. Back then you had to practically come up with every idea by yourself, and for the record Morphy had far more natural talent than Kasparov!
I get the impression that Kasaparov didn't do so well when he underestimated his opponents. Deep Blue and Kramnik were underdogs were they not? Seems like his psychological warfare approach and overconfidence backfired.
I'm going to stay out of the pointless Kasparov vs Morphy debates :) and simply say that your website is a very valuable resource for those interested in chess history.
Morphy simply did not have the complete game skills that Kaparov does (posititional, tactical, endgame technique and opening knowledge).
kasparov is not a popular figure so the thought of him losing to morphy will make people happy - i enjoyed the detail put into it though
Can someone explain the Dan Heisman Story? Why did Morphy think 1.5/2 was good enough that day? Is Richard Franklin a well known player?
Actually, I believe that it would be quite the opposite. But that discussion can obviously never be settled, so let's not start it :P Kasparow wins on time, as he can still move pieces ;)
Here is the idea for a short story. Kasparow dies, goes to Heaven (or choose any other afterworld) and learns that there is neverending tournament going on with Morphy, Capa, Alekhine, Fischer, etc. (insert all players considered GOAT).
Edit: also, if anything, Kasparow could go into "safe mode" and start playing like Karpow or Petrosian. Do you think that Morphy's attacks would have any chance against "Iron Tigran"?
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