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Paul Morphy vs Richard Dawson
Blindfold simul, 8b (1859), London ENG, Apr-20
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0


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Jan-14-05  Knight13: Finely played by Morphy.

From the notes written by Lowenthal, it says <As this is all played blindfold, the accuracy shown is most astonishing.> Is that mean this game is played blindfolded?

Jan-14-05  aw1988: Yes, apparently.
Jun-07-05  prinsallan: <Knight13> Remember that Morphy was, and to date probarbly still is considered the best blindfolded player who ever lived. If you read his biography you find this quote: "Paul Morphy - a man who didn't even want to play chess, he just could - beats 120 or 124 opponents that he plays simultaneously... and he was blindfolded at the time. He can then repeat every move in every game 6 weeks later. The mystique of the game of chess derives from its total use of intellect, mind vs. mind."

Pretty neat guy ^

Jun-07-05  lopium: Someone of us (kibitzers) told that Morphy is the equivalent of a player with a 2100 of elo, that's so wrong! Morphy was much more stronger than our 2100 of elo nowadays.
Jun-07-05  RookFile: Yeah, that's an absurd comment. Guys like Botvinnik and Fischer have said nobody played the open game better. If you accept the premise that Morphy
had a couple of things to learn about the closed game - this is still not a big deal - because he can always
gambit to force any game to be open.
Jun-07-05  TIMER: But since Morphy came so early in the development of chess, it is hard to consider him alongside great players from Lasker onwards. Particularly as there is a problem of small number of games against top rate players too. Even more so for Philidor.
Jun-08-05  prinsallan: I believe Morphy was a genius. Just think of how good he would have been if: 1) Actually would have loved playing chess, which, if you read a lot of biography, didnīt seem to be the case. 2) Heīd have same instruments as we do today with opening theory, computers and discussion forums.

Man, its hard to imagine such a mind in combination with those factors.

Jun-08-05  SBC: <prinsallan>

<I believe Morphy was a genius. Just think of how good he would have been if: 1) Actually would have loved playing chess, which, if you read a lot of biography, didnīt seem to be the case>

I must disagree. Morphy loved chess dearly. What Morphy couldn't seem to countenance was the idea that chess was anything more than a pasttime or that anyone would consider it, or have it be considered, the center of his life.

Jun-08-05  Pawn Ambush: He's Probably the only Chess Genius who did'nt take chess seriously and yet defeated every opponent he faced. I regret he did'nt write a chess book or an "improve your memory" book, knowing Morphy he'd probably write a book on law.
Jun-09-05  prinsallan: <SBC> I agree with you, I was vague in my description, what I meant was more like what you wrote. "Chess wasnīt the center of his life" as you write it. That was a better description of what I was trying to state.
Aug-19-05  gauer: Wow! the Evans Gambit meets the King's Gambit. What am I missing here from King's Gambit theory which doesn't permit b4 more often?! The monster pawn centre (white's 12th) is also a bit reminiscient of certain Vienna Games with f4. Are there many other games that match the move-order transpositions of this one, and at where other than chesgames and can one look for these old coffee-house ideas!?
Oct-06-05  ConfusedPatzer: What grandmasters tend to say is that he wasn't as infallible in the closed game as he was in the open game. That's not saying he was bad in the closed game. He just wasn't perfect at it. And at his time no one came even close to morphy, not in any position, closed, open, half open or whatever else. Morphy could create beautiful positional plans as well as he could combinations and attacks. And you have to remember that today's players have everything handed to them in a silver platter while Morphy had only his brillant noodle.
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  heuristic: It's curious that Loewenthal didn't comment on Morphy's 9.Bb2 which varies from his own 9.0-0 in Lowenthal vs Harrwitz, 1853 also, 9.Nc3 Nf6 10.e5 d5 is interesting.

10.f5 <hamper's BLK's game> how? doesn't 10...Nge7 11.0-0 d5 12.exd5 Na5 give BLK an equal game?

<Nb8 would perhaps be better> what about 16...Kb8? 17.Qa3 Qe7 18.Ra1 gxf5 and BLK is nearly equal.

23...Ra7 prevents the Ba6 shot, but after 24.Qb6+ Kb8 25.e5, BLK has a tough game.

Aug-21-09  tentsewang: There are few people who can play Chess blind folded and among them are geniuses such as Morphy and Najdorf. Just consider Morphy the Best!
Apr-26-13  Corry: Paul Morphy's Elo Rating is problably arund 2000 . Peace
Apr-26-13  Corry: Paul Morphy's Elo Rating is problably arund 3000 , sorry . Peace
Dec-12-14  MindCtrol9: The best player of all times.When he did not keep playing chess it was his superiority over all the players at the time.If he had lived in this actual century, no player could match him.He was a genius at the higher level playing chess.It is funny to read about his rating 2000 or 2100.If I could give him a rating, I would give him the higher over all the players who are active.A genius like him is possible born every 1000 thousand years.
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