Paul Morphy at Theatre Italien

Start Date: Oct 15, 2015

Finish Date: Jul 20, 2016

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 Paul Morphy at Theatre Italien in ParisWink

Last time we left Paul Morphy in Cafe De La Regence winning in a blindfold simultane all the people inside the cafe in his "works and days" in Paris as he's waiting for Anderssen to come on Christmas after the letter-invite he had sent to him early in October to travel to Paris at Morphy's expenses cause the greatest privilege for Morphy was to win the European GrandMasterSmile Anderssen accepted the challenge with pleasure but he replied that he could not travel earlier than Christmas holidays due to work. Meanwhile Paul Morphy enjoyed his time in ParisWink

On 21st October 1858 Paul Morphy acquainted with  the German noble Duke Karl of Brunswick and the Count Isouard who invited him to the Italian Opera House in Paris, Salle Le Peletier, where Duke Karl kept a private box which was, according to Morphy's associate Frederick Edge, so close to the stage that one "might kiss the prima donna without any trouble", and which always contained a chess set, the Duke being a keen player as well as an opera lover.

Morphy was extremely fond of music and opera and was eager to see Norma with Rosina Penco. Unfortunately, his host had seen Norma countless times, and Morphy found himself forced to play chess, even seated with his back to the stage.SmileLaughing

The chess game played between Paul Morphy and the German noble Duke Karl of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Count Isouard. Duke Karl and Count Isouard consulted together, playing as partners against Morphy. The game is often used by chess instructors to teach the importance of rapid development of one's pieces, the value of sacrifices in mating combinations, and other chess concepts. The game is sometimes called "The Opera Game"

As the game progressed, the two allies conferred loudly enough with each other, debating their moves against the American genius, that it attracted the attention of the opera performers. Madame Penco, who had the role of the Druidic priestess in Norma,

kept looking into the Duke's box, to see what all the fuss was about, even as she was performing the opera. Then the performers who were the Druids, marched about, "chanting fire and bloodshed against the Roman host, who, they appeared to think, were in the Duke's box", Edge recounted: It is doubtful if the distracted opera singers had a good enough view of what was going on. Comically, Morphy created this brilliant game while spending his time trying to overcome his blocked view of the opera, while the performers tried to catch glimpses of what was going on in the Duke's box. SurprisedSmileCool