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Paul Morphy
Number of games in database: 467
Years covered: 1848 to 1869
Overall record: +196 -26 =24 (84.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      221 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (45) 
    C51 C52
 King's Gambit Accepted (26) 
    C37 C39 C38 C35 C33
 Philidor's Defense (14) 
    C41
 Sicilian (14) 
    B44 B40 B21 B20
 King's Pawn Game (13) 
    C44 C40 C20
 King's Gambit Declined (12) 
    C30 C31
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (21) 
    C33 C39 C38
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C65 C77 C78 C64 C84
 Evans Gambit (15) 
    C51 C52
 Giuoco Piano (10) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Philidor's Defense (7) 
    C41
 Petrov (4) 
    C42
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 1-0
   Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857 0-1
   Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 1-0
   Bird vs Morphy, 1858 0-1
   Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 1-0
   Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 1-0
   Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 1-0
   J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 0-1
   N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 0-1
   Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st American Chess Congress (1857)
   Anderssen-Morphy (1858)
   Morphy-Loewenthal (1858)
   Morphy-Harrwitz (1858)
   Morphy-Mongredien (1859)

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   Paul Morphy -The Great Chess Genius by Timothy Glenn Forney
   Morphy Favorites by chocobonbon
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   If chess was a religion, Morphy would be God. by Chopin
   Pure Morphy by saveyougod
   Odds games #2 by WhiteRook48
   A First Book of Morphy by Frisco Del Rosario by adrien79
   A First Book of Morphy by melodie
   Match Morphy! by amadeus
   Paul Morphy: A Modern Perspective by Avalon Landing
   Morphy: A Modern Perspective by monkeysbum
   morpstau's favorite games by morpstau
   Paul Morphy's Best Games by KingG
   Odds games by WhiteRook48

GAMES ANNOTATED BY MORPHY: [what is this?]
   La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
   La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
   La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
   La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
   McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834
   >> 31 GAMES ANNOTATED BY MORPHY

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PAUL MORPHY
(born Jun-22-1837, died Jul-10-1884) United States of America

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Paul Charles Morphy was born in New Orleans. He was the son of a successful lawyer and judge Alonzo Morphy. His uncle, Ernest Morphy, claims that no one formally taught Morphy how to play chess, but rather that he learned the rules by observing games between himself and Alonzo. When Morphy was only 12 years old, Johann Jacob Loewenthal visited New Orleans and at the behest of his father, agreed to play a casual match with the prodigy. Young Paul won 2½ to ½.

In 1857 Morphy won the First American Chess Congress with a dominating performance http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp... . This success was followed by a European trip where he met and triumphed over most of the prominent masters of the period, namely Adolf Anderssen whom he defeated +7 -2 =2 (see Anderssen-Morphy (1858)), Loewenthal in Morphy-Loewenthal (1858) and Daniel Harrwitz in Morphy-Harrwitz (1858). Upon returning to America, he announced his retirement from chess.

Although the official title of World Champion did not exist in his time, Morphy was and is widely regarded as the strongest player of his day. Even today his games are studied for their principles of open lines and quick development, and his influence on the modern game is undeniable. Mikhail Botvinnik wrote of his influence: "His mastery of open positions was so vast that little new has been learned about such positions after him."

User: jessicafischerqueen 's YouTube documentary of Paul Morphy: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...

Notes: Paul also played team chess with Morphy / Barnes and Morphy / Mongredien, and edited a chess column in the New York Ledger.

Wikipedia article: Paul Morphy


 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 467  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-031 1848 New OrleansC23 Bishop's Opening
2. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-018 1848 New OrleansC33 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Morphy vs NN 1-019 1848 New OrleansC20 King's Pawn Game
4. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-123 1849 New OrleansC38 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-046 1849 New OrleansC51 Evans Gambit
6. Morphy vs E Rousseau 1-023 1849 New OrleansC50 Giuoco Piano
7. Morphy vs E Rousseau 1-017 1849 New OrleansC39 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-023 1849 New OrleansC40 King's Knight Opening
9. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-029 1849 New OrleansC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-015 1849 New Orleans mC51 Evans Gambit
11. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-011 1849 New Orleans cgC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
12. Morphy vs NN 1-020 1849 New Orleans cgC39 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Morphy vs Le Carpentier 1-013 1849 New Orleans000 Chess variants
14. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-021 1849 New Orleans -C51 Evans Gambit
15. Morphy vs E Morphy 1-020 1849 New OrleansC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Morphy vs NN 1-018 1850 ?000 Chess variants
17. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-114 1850 New OrleansC02 French, Advance
18. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-018 1850 New Orleans ?000 Chess variants
19. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-049 1850 New OrleansB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
20. Morphy vs NN 1-014 1850 casualC44 King's Pawn Game
21. Morphy vs E Morphy 1-025 1850 New OrleansC52 Evans Gambit
22. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-055 1850 New OrleansC42 Petrov Defense
23. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-125 1850 New OrleanC52 Evans Gambit
24. NN vs Morphy 0-124 1850 New Orleans USAC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
25. Morphy vs Maurian 0-127 1854 New Orleans000 Chess variants
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 467  PGN Download
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Apr-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Wyatt Gwyon: <perfidious> Both have some sort of personality disorder / mental illness. But whereas AJ has always struck me as a rather sad individual -- an aging second-rate chess master with an inflated rating whose life seems to consist of little more than a board game -- conrad has given me no reason to view him as anything other than just a socially inept little prick and a troll.
Apr-17-14  Conrad93: I have a mental disorder because I would trust a reputed and credible person over some average blogger?

If being a skeptic is a disorder, then, yes, I suffer from skepticism.

Apr-17-14
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  Benzol: <Conrad93> I think it comes more from the way you present your ideas rather than being a skeptic.
Apr-17-14
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  Mating Net: I'll give Knight odds that Morphy is rolling over in his grave after reading the last couple posts on his page.
Apr-17-14
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  Wyatt Gwyon: I'll give queen odds that conrad remains a virgin well into his 30s.
Apr-17-14  Conrad93: Really, Wyatt? We are going for the cliche and immature "virgin" insults?
Apr-17-14  Conrad93: The irony of that on a website devoted to chess is astounding.
Apr-17-14
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  Wyatt Gwyon: <Conrad> Say what you will about it. Queen odds.
Apr-17-14
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  Jim Bartle: <I'll give queen odds that conrad remains a virgin well into his 30s.>

Wait a second, Wyatt! Do we really want to know?

Apr-17-14  Conrad93: Why would being a virgin be a bad thing exactly?

Only in the West does it have a negative connotation.

Apr-17-14  Petrosianic: No, and we can't wait that long to find out.
Apr-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Wyatt Gwyon: You make a good point, <Jim>
Apr-18-14  Conrad93: I could make childish comments like Wyatt and Jim, but I'll be the adult here and ignore you both.

Good day.

Apr-18-14
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  perfidious: <Conrad....I'll be the adult here....>

Has to be a first time.

Apr-18-14  1971: <Conrad93: Why would being a virgin be a bad thing exactly?>

Proof.

Apr-18-14  Conrad93: No, that's a question.
Apr-18-14  N0B0DY: Weird question that <N0B0DY> knows the answer to...
Apr-18-14  Conrad93: Morphy was most likely a virgin.

I can't see him being too interested in women.

Apr-19-14
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  KKDEREK: <Conrad93: Why would being a virgin be a bad thing exactly? Only in the West does it have a negative connotation.>

So you ARE a virgin..Now I get your animosity towards woman..I knew it! ;oP

Apr-19-14
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  Wyatt Gwyon: A lot of insight has been gleaned in a few short posts.
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