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The Chess Great You've Never Heard Of: Paul Morphy

  • #1

    Greco, Ruy Lopez De Segura, Euwe, Wei Yi, Kasparov. Every chess player has studied them, admired them, and wanted to play like them. These are the "5 greats of Chess"

    But I implore you, delve further into the history of our wonderful game, and you'll find a world of surreal imagination, and Chessing brilliancy. 

    Once upon a time, before the use of computers, and boring commitment to the all things positional, existed a completely different Chess world all together. 

    A world where sacrifices where common, and imaginative play encouraged. 

    This was an era of excitement, and beauty, and one Paul Morphy was it's greatest champion. Probably the most exciting player to ever live. 

    Yet, I feel he fails to be recognized. So I write to you all today. If you wish to see a Chess drama worthy of an Oscar nomination. Go on the Website known as "YouTube", and search for one of Paul Morphy's games. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.

    Please share your thoughts on the great Paul Morphy once you have analyzed the Chess masterpieces he has left us with. 

    Thank you. 

  • #2
  • #3

    everyone has heard of morphy

  • #4
    VladimirHerceg91 wrote:

    Greco, Ruy Lopez De Segura, Euwe, Wei Yi, Kasparov. Every chess player has studied them, admired them, and wanted to play like them. These are the "5 greats of Chess"

    But I implore you, delve further into the history of our wonderful game, and you'll find a world of surreal imagination, and Chessing brilliancy. 

    Once upon a time, before the use of computers, and boring commitment to the all things positional, existed a completely different Chess world all together. 

    A world where sacrifices where common, and imaginative play encouraged. 

    This was an era of excitement, and beauty, and one Paul Morphy was it's greatest champion. Probably the most exciting player to ever live. 

    Yet, I feel he fails to be recognized. So I write to you all today. If you wish to see a Chess drama worthy of an Oscar nomination. Go on the Website known as "YouTube", and search for one of Paul Morphy's games. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.

    Please share your thoughts on the great Paul Morphy once you have analyzed the Chess masterpieces he has left us with. 

    Thank you. 

    Ahh... Plutonium Paul, one of the greatest attacking players of all time. It's really a shame that more chess players haven't heard of him. Have you seen his Evergreen Game? It is f'ing amazing - definitely one of the most classic games in chess history.

  • #5

    That's the most shameful list of "5 greats" I've ever seen. Kasparov is obvious. The others.... No. And as #3 said, everyone (nearly) knows of Morphy.

  • #6

    Thankyou for this insight. It surprises me given his greatness that the vast multitude of 'Murphy's' in the world have not changed their name by deed poll to the less common 'Morphy' in homage. I encourage them to do this and bring the Morphy name back to its rightful place at the forefront of public consciousness.

  • #7
    Vlad usually has very insightful and thought-provoking threads, and no doubt Euwe and Wei Yi are among the "5 greats of Chess", but this has to be an attempted troll thread. Some obscure rich American boy that only a few psychotic chess enthusiasts have heard of beat some hacks 150 years ago?!? C'mon.
  • #8

    I really doubt there is a chess player who has ever opened a book and has never heard of Murphy. It is probably the first person any beginner book mentions, sometimes contested with Philidor or Ruy Lopez. wink.png

  • #9
    MayCaesar wrote:

    I really doubt there is a chess player who has ever opened a book and has never heard of Murphy. It is probably the first person any beginner book mentions, sometimes contested with Philidor or Ruy Lopez.

     who the hell is Murphy? 

  • #10

    Vlad - you just discovered Morphy?  You know MUCH less about Chess and its history than you "think" you do!

    Where do you get off pronouncing Morphy is poorly known?  That's ridiculous!  Don't you realize how bad you look to chessplayers when you keep pontificating various b.s. you haven't checked out at us?

  • #11
    Morphysrevenges wrote:
    MayCaesar wrote:

    I really doubt there is a chess player who has ever opened a book and has never heard of Murphy. It is probably the first person any beginner book mentions, sometimes contested with Philidor or Ruy Lopez.

     who the hell is Murphy? 

     

    It is a guy I will spell however I please! tongue.png

  • #12

    A deep and careful analysis of OP made me conclude that this is an obvious troll.

  • #13

    My top five in no particular order:

     

    Kasparov

    Fischer

    Alekhine

    Botvinnik

    Petrosian

     

    Morphy. Who is he, a passenger? (Apologies to screenplay writer of "Titanic")

  • #14
    macer75 wrote:
    VladimirHerceg91 wrote:

    Greco, Ruy Lopez De Segura, Euwe, Wei Yi, Kasparov. Every chess player has studied them, admired them, and wanted to play like them. These are the "5 greats of Chess"

    But I implore you, delve further into the history of our wonderful game, and you'll find a world of surreal imagination, and Chessing brilliancy. 

    Once upon a time, before the use of computers, and boring commitment to the all things positional, existed a completely different Chess world all together. 

    A world where sacrifices where common, and imaginative play encouraged. 

    This was an era of excitement, and beauty, and one Paul Morphy was it's greatest champion. Probably the most exciting player to ever live. 

    Yet, I feel he fails to be recognized. So I write to you all today. If you wish to see a Chess drama worthy of an Oscar nomination. Go on the Website known as "YouTube", and search for one of Paul Morphy's games. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.

    Please share your thoughts on the great Paul Morphy once you have analyzed the Chess masterpieces he has left us with. 

    Thank you. 

    Ahh... Plutonium Paul, one of the greatest attacking players of all time. It's really a shame that more chess players haven't heard of him. Have you seen his Evergreen Game? It is f'ing amazing - definitely one of the most classic games in chess history.

    Do you mean Adolf Anderssen?

  • #15
    macer75 escribió:
    VladimirHerceg91 wrote:

    Greco, Ruy Lopez De Segura, Euwe, Wei Yi, Kasparov. Every chess player has studied them, admired them, and wanted to play like them. These are the "5 greats of Chess"

    But I implore you, delve further into the history of our wonderful game, and you'll find a world of surreal imagination, and Chessing brilliancy. 

    Once upon a time, before the use of computers, and boring commitment to the all things positional, existed a completely different Chess world all together. 

    A world where sacrifices where common, and imaginative play encouraged. 

    This was an era of excitement, and beauty, and one Paul Morphy was it's greatest champion. Probably the most exciting player to ever live. 

    Yet, I feel he fails to be recognized. So I write to you all today. If you wish to see a Chess drama worthy of an Oscar nomination. Go on the Website known as "YouTube", and search for one of Paul Morphy's games. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.

    Please share your thoughts on the great Paul Morphy once you have analyzed the Chess masterpieces he has left us with. 

    Thank you. 

    Ahh... Plutonium Paul, one of the greatest attacking players of all time. It's really a shame that more chess players haven't heard of him. Have you seen his Evergreen Game? It is f'ing amazing - definitely one of the most classic games in chess history.

    Yeah, good ol' Plutonium Paul definetely knew how to nuke his opponents.

  • #16

    The intellectual chessists society members are getting bored. Trolling is banned in their club discussions so the forums will just have to suffer !

  • #17
    Morphysrevenges wrote:

    who the hell is Murphy? 

    Alex J. Murphy, obviously...  RoboCop.  Near-B-list action star?  Sure, but they could have inserted a chess engine or two into his system at any time, really, and kept the updates going.

  • #18

    Folks should check out the music of Celtic rockers and chess fans Dropkick Morphys.

  • #19

    Randle McMurphy was a good chess player, but  a bit cuckoo.

  • #20
    macer75 wrote:
    VladimirHerceg91 wrote:

    Greco, Ruy Lopez De Segura, Euwe, Wei Yi, Kasparov. Every chess player has studied them, admired them, and wanted to play like them. These are the "5 greats of Chess"

    But I implore you, delve further into the history of our wonderful game, and you'll find a world of surreal imagination, and Chessing brilliancy. 

    Once upon a time, before the use of computers, and boring commitment to the all things positional, existed a completely different Chess world all together. 

    A world where sacrifices where common, and imaginative play encouraged. 

    This was an era of excitement, and beauty, and one Paul Morphy was it's greatest champion. Probably the most exciting player to ever live. 

    Yet, I feel he fails to be recognized. So I write to you all today. If you wish to see a Chess drama worthy of an Oscar nomination. Go on the Website known as "YouTube", and search for one of Paul Morphy's games. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.

    Please share your thoughts on the great Paul Morphy once you have analyzed the Chess masterpieces he has left us with. 

    Thank you. 

    Ahh... Plutonium Paul, one of the greatest attacking players of all time. It's really a shame that more chess players haven't heard of him. Have you seen his Evergreen Game? It is f'ing amazing - definitely one of the most classic games in chess history.

    Do you have a Kingscrusher YouTube link to this evergreen game? 

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