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morphy vs Capablanca

snoozyman

Paul Morphy

marqumax

We don't know what Morphy was capable of. He was so much better than everyone then we've never seen his limits

blueemu
marqumax wrote:

We don't know what Morphy was capable of. He was so much better than everyone then we've never seen his limits

Yes, one problem with being THAT far ahead of your rivals is that you never really get the chance to show your full potential. Nobody tests it! Fischer was arguably a similar case.

tygxc

As Lasker said: There was only one chess genius: Capablanca.
Morphy beating up a Duke at the opera is spectacular, but not the same as prevailing in matches and tournaments against the best.