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Morphy - Loewenthal Match

Paul Morphy10/14(+9 -3 =2)[games]
Johann Jacob Loewenthal4/14(+3 -9 =2)[games] Chess Event Description
Morphy - Loewenthal (1858)
The match was held at London during July and August of 1858. Löwenthal previously had an opportunity to play Morphy in the United States eight years earlier. Morphy collected nine wins in this match by the time that Löwenthal had held him to two draws and collected three wins of his own.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Morphy = 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 = 1 10 Loewenthal = 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 = 0 4

Loewenthal had White in the odd-numbered games. Missing information: Games 9 and 10 have month only.

Original collection: Game Collection: WCC Index ( Morphy - Loewenthal 1858 ), by User: Benzol.

 page 1 of 1; 14 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Loewenthal vs Morphy ½-½511858Morphy - LoewenthalC41 Philidor Defense
2. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-0281858Morphy - LoewenthalC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. Loewenthal vs Morphy 0-1801858Morphy - LoewenthalC42 Petrov Defense
4. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-0311858Morphy - LoewenthalC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. Loewenthal vs Morphy 1-0701858Morphy - LoewenthalC42 Petrov Defense
6. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-0291858Morphy - LoewenthalB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. Loewenthal vs Morphy 0-1281858Morphy - LoewenthalC41 Philidor Defense
8. Morphy vs Loewenthal 0-1591858Morphy - LoewenthalC41 Philidor Defense
9. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-0341858Morphy - LoewenthalC01 French, Exchange
10. Loewenthal vs Morphy 0-1671858Morphy - LoewenthalC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Loewenthal vs Morphy 1-0451858Morphy - LoewenthalB44 Sicilian
12. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-0251858Morphy - LoewenthalC01 French, Exchange
13. Loewenthal vs Morphy ½-½441858Morphy - LoewenthalC42 Petrov Defense
14. Morphy vs Loewenthal 1-0491858Morphy - LoewenthalC77 Ruy Lopez
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner

This match draws its slow length along, but fortune still smiles on the bold and youthful American.

Is this merely the fickleness of the chequered goddess, or has Mr Morphy really the stronger grasp, wherewith to seize her favour?

The games played are hardly enough to decide the point for ever.

Mr Morphy has won six games, lost but two, and drawn one.

Nothing final could be adjudged as to relative skill until 20 or 30 games were played.

As it is, Mr Morphy has to win but three to gain the laurel, while Herr Lowenthal requires to score nine.

It must be said that the latter takes his defeat thus far admirably, indeed, he seems rather to like it than otherwise, for the philosophy of his smile while he drains the bitter cup, vies with the mien of the early martyrs at the stake.

A brave man struggling with misfortune is a sight, quoth the heathen, worthy of the Gods.

He must have foreseen Lowenthal in laying down this axiom.

Lowenthal battles like a lion at bay, and is no whit discomfitted.

He recollects that Napoleon was beaten at Marengo at three o'clock, and was victor of the field an hour later in the day.>

- Bell's Life in London! August 1st.>

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  MissScarlett: <Missing information: Games 9 and 10 have month only.>

<The Era> (of which Loewenthal was chess editor) of August 8th, 1859, p.5, has the epic ninth game (Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858) beginning on Monday, August 2nd, and continuing, via adjournments, on Tuesday and Thursday.

The date of Game 10, I can't find, but Monday, August 9th, seems the prime candidate. Game 11 was delayed to Thursday, after Loewenthal was indisposed.

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  Sally Simpson: "The stakes were £100, but the winner chivalrously presented Lowenthal with some furniture costing more than that amount for a new house he was taking."

Page 313, B.C.M. July 1976

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