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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  • 9 years ago · Quote · #2


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



    Smile merci, très beaucoup!!!

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

    Thank you! Joann - RED SOX NATION Cool

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #4


    Morphy thank you

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #5


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


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


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


    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.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #9


    He was the best chess player of all time.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #10


    very nice

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #11


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

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #12


    very nice

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #13


    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!!!

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #14


    impressiveMoney mouth

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #15


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

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