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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 (45) 
    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
   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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   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

   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) 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 A Morphy 1-021 1849 New Orleans -C51 Evans Gambit
5. Morphy vs E Morphy 1-020 1849 New OrleansC53 Giuoco Piano
6. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-123 1849 New OrleansC38 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-046 1849 New OrleansC51 Evans Gambit
8. Morphy vs E Rousseau 1-023 1849 New OrleansC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Morphy vs E Rousseau 1-017 1849 New OrleansC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-023 1849 New OrleansC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-029 1849 New OrleansC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Morphy vs A Morphy 1-015 1849 New Orleans mC51 Evans Gambit
13. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-011 1849 New Orleans cgC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
14. Morphy vs NN 1-020 1849 New Orleans cgC39 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Morphy vs Le Carpentier 1-013 1849 New Orleans000 Chess variants
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: <RedShield: Is there any chess player who isn't a Morphy fan?>

The Duke of Brunswick/Count Isouard.

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  john barleycorn: <diceman: <RedShield: Is there any chess player who isn't a Morphy fan?>

The Duke of Brunswick/Count Isouard.>

these guys gained immortality through their loss.

My guess for a non-Morphy-fan would be Harrwitz.

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  perfidious: A vote for Staunton from this quarter.
Apr-17-14  diceman: <john barleycorn: these guys gained immortality through their loss>

So how come we aint buying Carlsen opera tickets?

...or maybe you are?

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  john barleycorn: <diceman> I throw in my years ticket for Borussia Dortmund. That's more his style imo. Than we get him thoroughly intoxicated and thats it. Carlsen will gain immortality from the loss against us.
Apr-17-14  Petrosianic: Harrwitz and Staunton are two good guesses. Alexander Cockburn, formerly of "The Nation", would be another.

He did a real hit piece on Morphy in his book, "Idle Passion: Chess and the Dance of Death", which did a hit on chess itself. Even though Cockburn had no training in either chess or psychology, he wrote a book trying to explain how the two interacted. Weird.

Apr-17-14  Conrad93: Regardless of whether I can or cannot does not matter. Bloggers will never be a credible source. They are mostly amateurs.

What Batgirl does is reword old articles.

I would rather read something original from William Winter.

Apr-17-14  Conrad93: Real historians > wannabe's.
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  Wyatt Gwyon: Conrad, are you in college right now?
Apr-17-14  N0B0DY: <Wyatt Gwyon> All these years <N0B0DY> thought he was a grade school dropout.
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  zanzibar: I can't help myself...

<Real> "historians rarely make history, but they do remake it".

Batgirl is more of a historic journalist, which is slightly different from a <"Real"> historian.

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  john barleycorn: <real historians>? a camel of a word. Do we have any <historians> here besides the selfstyled?

<A historian is a person who studies and writes about the past and is regarded as an authority on it.[1] Historians are concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to the human race; as well as the study of all history in time. If the individual is concerned with events preceding written history, the individual is a historian of prehistory. Although "historian" can be used to describe amateur and professional historians alike, it is reserved more recently for those who have acquired graduate degrees in the discipline. Some historians, though, are recognized by publications or training and experience.[2] "Historian" became a professional occupation in the late nineteenth century as research universities were emerging in Germany and elsewhere.>

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  john barleycorn: < Conrad93: ...

I would rather read something original from William Winter>

Who is William Winter?

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

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  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.
Apr-20-14  Conrad93: So I got the first name wrong.

That's a pretty human error.

Edward Winter.

The point is that Batgirl is a sketchy source, and to verify her stories you need to check other sources.

That's the problem with bloggers.

Apr-20-14  Conrad93: < I'll give Knight odds that Morphy is rolling over in his grave after reading the last couple posts on his page.>

Well, Morphy wouldn't be so childish as to throw insults at users.

Apr-20-14  N0B0DY: <Wyatt Gwyon> Seriously funny, yeah.
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