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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.

With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (44) 
    C51 C52
 King's Gambit Accepted (26) 
    C37 C39 C38 C35 C33
 Philidor's Defense (14) 
 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) 
 Petrov (4) 
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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
   J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 0-1
   Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 1-0
   N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 0-1
   Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Paul Morphy -The Great Chess Genius by Timothy Glenn Forney
   Morphy Favorites by chocobonbon
   paul morphy best games by brager
   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
   Paul Morphy: A Modern Perspective by Avalon Landing
   Match Morphy! by amadeus
   Paul Morphy's Best Games by KingG
   Morphy: A Modern Perspective by monkeysbum
   morpstau's favorite games by morpstau
   First Book of Morphy by ganine1947

   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

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(born Jun-22-1837, died Jul-10-1884, 47 years old) 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 . 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:

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. Morphy vs E Morphy 1-020 1849 New OrleansC53 Giuoco Piano
5. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-123 1849 New OrleansC38 King's Gambit Accepted
6. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-046 1849 New OrleansC51 Evans Gambit
7. Morphy vs E Rousseau 1-023 1849 New OrleansC50 Giuoco Piano
8. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-023 1849 New OrleansC40 King's Knight Opening
9. Morphy vs E Rousseau 1-017 1849 New OrleansC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-029 1849 New OrleansC39 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-015 1849 New Orleans mC51 Evans Gambit
12. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-011 1849 New Orleans cgC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
13. Morphy vs NN 1-020 1849 New Orleans cgC39 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Morphy vs Le Carpentier 1-013 1849 New Orleans000 Chess variants
15. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-021 1849 New Orleans -C51 Evans Gambit
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 1-016 1854 New Orleans000 Chess variants
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 467  PGN Download
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Apr-17-14  diceman: <john barleycorn:
Who is William Winter?>

Donna Summer's husband?

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  keypusher: <I would rather read something original from William Winter.>

This is so far beyond clueless that it wraps around into something like genius.

Anyway, here you go, Conrad93. See ughaibu's post from 2004 in the link. Unfortunately it's a paraphrase.

Botvinnik vs W Winter, 1936

Apr-17-14  Wyatt Gwyon: <<keypusher><This is so far beyond clueless that it wraps around into something like genius.>>

Yeah it's pretty damn funny.

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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.
Jun-01-14  Conrad93: I'll give knight odds, that if Morphy was alive today I would crush him any day of the week.
Jun-01-14  Conrad93: I get really tired of this Morphy worship.

He was good, but he wasn't THAT good.

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  perfidious: <conrad: I get really tired of this Morphy worship.>

Have you anything positive to contribute? Ever?

Claiming you are 'here to learn', you run from one page to another, using such descriptions as mediocre for one strong player after another. What the *$#@ have <you> ever done, except demonstrate your mastery of trolling? Get off on the attention, do you?

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  moronovich: Conrad is just a simpleton who seems to use other people to get a way from all his shortcommings.It is all smokescreen and I can only advice you to use the ignorebutton as I did long ago.

But there are some fine therapists out there.

Jun-05-14  Conrad93: Chess therapists?
Jun-22-14  MountainMatt: Player of the day? Player of the (19th) century!
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  Jambow: <MountainMatt> I came to write the same.
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  morfishine: It should be taken into account that <Conrad93> suffers from a 'Cluster B' personality disorder characterized by an excessive need or craving for attention. This disorder is primarily histrionic, which sets it apart from the pure narcissist, paranoid and/or anti-social groups.

Promising treatment is attributed to noted Psychotherapist Dr. Luke Atme who has developed a systematic plan involving at least 3 therapists, semi-structured and unstructured interviews, goal-setting and simple yet precise work.

The idea behind having at least 3 therapists working with the patient is to avoid any inconsistencies that may arise during the interview process. For example, if the patient were treated by one therapist, a single slip in the logical flow of the conversation (over time) would degrade any trust built up between the patient and the therapist. Multiple therapists would dilute this possibility while serving to temporarily satisfy the patient's need for attention.

The interviews serve a critical role in breaking down social barriers, establishing trust and identifying specific interests and/or strengths within the patient.

Goal-setting is a delicate procedure that is mutually addressed by both patient and doctor. The idea is to avoid mandates in the evolution of the goals. Ideally, the resulting goals will originate solely from the patient; but Dr. Luke Atme stresses that goals forwarded by the doctor are an important element since these serve to attract attention from the patient to the Doctor, which he describes as a sort of 'reverse therapy' subsidiary to the overall treatment.

Once the goal or goals are set, its time for old-fashioned hard work. The underlying purpose of the goal is self-improvement with a subsequent increase in confidence within the patient. Dr. Atme explains that this process of goal-setting, hard work and resulting boost in confidence serve to occupy the patients time in self-improvement, thus decreasing or eliminating the need for attention. Hence, an increase in self-confidence eliminates the need for attention.

Jun-22-14  Penguincw: R.I.P. to one of the greatest chess players ever.
Jun-22-14  Agent Bouncy: What??!? Did Conrad die?
Jun-22-14  gars: More than once Bobby Fischer stated that Morphy and Steinitz were the greatest chessplayers os all time. And a praise from Fischer is very important, isn't it? June 22nd must be christened Morphy's Day to honor the supreme master of us all.
Jun-22-14  DrKurtPhart:

\\o// \\o// ~ 177 ~ \\o// \\o//

Paul Morphy

His brilliant games will never lose their lustre

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  Shams: <morfishine> Brilliant.
Jun-22-14  Wyatt Gwyon: <Conrad93: I'll give knight odds, that if Morphy was alive today I would crush him any day of the week.>

LMAO! How did I miss this gem?!Wow.

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  Ke2: What is the source for Morphy's annotations on McDonnell - LaBourdonnais? Is there a book somewhere with his annotations? There are 31 games of 85 with his notes.
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  Boomie: <Ke2: What is the source for Morphy's annotations on McDonnell - LaBourdonnais?>

The New York Ledger contracted Morphy for a year of columns from 1859 to 1860. The annotations come from those columns.

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