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|Jan-15-15|| ||gokusano: Yes of course he will not be born today because he was born before today. Talent is all that matter and it's flexibility. |
<It is highly unlikely that Paul Morphy would be able to employ the same style that was used in his time, and unlikely that he would win as many games in this era as he did in his own era.> You spoke too soon. Why talk about Morphy as if he can transcends from yesteryears into today's time. What a pity!
|Jan-15-15|| ||The Rocket: Morphy wasn't an attacker like Anderssen. He was much more conservative. I would characterize Morphys style as aggressive, at most. Mikhail Tal sacrificed far more pieces in serious play than Morphy ever did.|
|Jan-15-15|| ||Poisonpawns: <The Rocket> "Morphy wasn`t an attacker like Anderssen" This is what set Morphy apart from the "brute force" attackers of the day.Many of those attacks had no positional basis, and as many of those attack were a success, the same amount were refuted. Morhphy attacked when the position said attack. The others would try to launch attacks from any position as they felt they could "out combine" their opponents as they used to say. Anderssen,Blackburne,Bird,Harritz,Falkbeer etc all great but then there is Morphy.|
|Mar-13-15|| ||TheFocus: <Apparently, Morphy's style exerts an irresistable magnetic power for players of all times, and the return to a style of the highest degree is the dream of every chessplayer, not excluding even the Grandmasters> - Bronstein.|
|Mar-17-15|| ||morfishine: Morphy was first and foremost a positional player. The resulting tactics emanated from his ability to achieve superior positions. Morphy would excel in modern times creating his own modern "theory". Morphy's grasp of any position was not equaled by anyone. He left no square unaccounted for.|
|Mar-26-15|| ||Pawn Ambush: These old time champions were capable of playing either tactical or positional chess. Here is a game by Anderssen in his later years playing a Sicilian Kan defense. I don't think they would have any problems learning and employing new systems. |
Philidor on the other hand would crush them all, past and present.
A Schwarz vs Anderssen, 1873
|Mar-26-15|| ||morfishine: <Pawn Ambush> Excellent game by Anderssen! A great example of how winning tactics result from airtight positional play. Position before tactics|
|Apr-15-15|| ||tamar: Father had a serious injury, and mother did not want him consorting with chessplayers to the detriment of his legitimate avocation, and also to his taking a personal secretary who handled his life affairs, but since this is Morphy's page, enough talk about Wesley So.|
|Apr-24-15|| ||Chessical: Bird's Table-talk on Morphy.— "Probably, with the exception of Steinitz, Blackburne is the finest living player. Steinitz is a slow player, and is always pretty well crowded for time, and I doubt if be could have made as good a showing against Zukertort had the latter been less confident, and arranged the match at a time limit of 20 moves to the hour instead of 15. I trotted Steinitz the closest heat he ever contested. He beat me 8 to 7, with six draws. This was in '67. |
In '58 Morphy beat me 10 to 1, with 1 draw, Steinitz claims that he is a better player than ever Morphy was, but I think my record with each is a fair test of the strength of the two. Steinitz claims that when I played with Morphy I was out of practice, but I cannot explain away my crushing defeat by that great player in any such way. I never played better chess in my life than when he beat me.
Morphy had more science than Steinitz — more imagination. His career was very short, though very brilliant, and whether or not he could have held first honours as long as Steinitz has, is a matter of some doubt; but Morphy never met his match. He was never compelled to play his best game. His resources were never fully tested. We were taken a little by surprise by Morphy He was a young man of 21 or 22 years, with bright eyes and flowing hair and broad forehead. When in England he was cool and calculating, never showing enthusiasm. All that we could provoke from bun at the most wonderful sights London affords, was. "Yes I see; that's very pretty."
When he was in London he was all right, but he went to Paris, and foolishly entered upon the gaieties ofthe gay French capital. His physique was not strong, and he broke down. They say he was never quite right mentally afterward. At one time they hoped he had recovered sufficiently to play chess once more; in fact, the doctors advised him to play chess as the best means of restoring his mental vigour. We hoped to have him play in the Continental tournament of 1878, but were doomed to disappointment" - "Philadelphia Times".
Source: <"Nottinghamshire Guardian", Saturday 10th August 1889, p.7.>
|Apr-24-15|| ||keypusher: <tamar: Father had a serious injury, and mother did not want him consorting with chessplayers to the detriment of his legitimate avocation, and also to his taking a personal secretary who handled his life affairs, but since this is Morphy's page, enough talk about Wesley So.>|
OK, that's pretty damn funny.
|Apr-24-15|| ||Mating Net: Really informative, interesting article <Chessical> thanks for posting. <Morphy never met his match> Very true.|
|Apr-24-15|| ||Jambow: Astute observations by Bird. I agree with his conclusions as it has been my own opinion since I started studying chess games. |
If you combine all their common opponents and respective results, Morphy comes out with a vastly superior record. No offence to Steinitz who was a great and worthy champion, who's analytical approach deserves much praise. Yet my opinion is that Morphy understood more at a glance than even the best did with deep study.
|Apr-30-15|| ||offramp: In that odd book Grandmasters of Chess by Arnold Schoenberg, he quotes part of a poem written by some Novo-orleanoid to celebrate Morphy's return to the New World. Does anyone have that poem in its entirety?|
|May-03-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is eminently and emphatically the philosopher's game> Paul Morphy.|
I wonder if Voldemort plays?
|May-03-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess never has been and never can be aught but a recreation. It should not be indulged in to the detriment of other and more serious avocations - should not absorb or engross the thoughts of those who worship at its shrine, but should be kept in the background, and restrained within its proper province. As a mere game, a relaxation from the severe pursuits of life, it is deserving of high commendation> - Paul Morphy.|
This statement reflects the outdated "Southern genteel" attitude from those whose families were among the upper class, the plantation owners and high society.
Had his family lost all its money during the war, Little Paulie would have been grubbing out nickels hustling chess, and spending those nickels on wine, women and song.
Quite frankly, I personally have never thought that PeePee was such a great player, just a talented hack among less talented hacks.
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <Help your pieces so they can help you> - Paul Morphy.|
|May-18-15|| ||MagnusVerMagnus: Well we were all of African descent I believe, Morphy was just the most naturally talented player ever imho. If there was ratings inflation he was probably 3000 ELO, well 2900 at least :)|
|May-18-15|| ||MagnusVerMagnus: Truly the greatest relative to his contemporaries that will ever be, RIP Paul, god bless you!|
|May-18-15|| ||KnightVBishop: is it true though that he went crazy like Bobby Fischer?|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <If the distinguishing feature of a genius is that he is far ahead compared with his epoch, then Morphy was a chess genius in the complete sense of the word> - Max Euwe.|
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