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Morphy - Loewenthal (1858)
Compiled by MissScarlett
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The Era, Sunday 18th July, p.13:

<These arrangements have been brought to a most satisfactory conclusion, and the match will be duly commenced on Monday next. The winner of the first nine games is to be the victor. The stake is 100 aside, and the play is to take place on four days in each week, viz., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. One game will be played at each sitting, unless adjourned by mutual consent. Half the games to be played at the St. George's, and half at the London Chess Clubs. The games to be exclusively the property of the players. The event is creating no little interest in the chess world, and we trust that some fine play will be elicited from both combatants. ...

The conditions are so simple, and conceived in such a spirit of fairness, that no difficalty whatever is likely to arise. Should any such occur, however, the interests of both parties are placed in such able hands, that they would be readily overcome. The seconds of Mr. Morphy are Lord Arthur Hay, and the Rev. J. Owen, and those of Mr. Lowenthal, Messrs. Barnes and Oldham. Mr. Staunton has been named umpire, and Mr. Lewis stakeholder.>

Game 1, Monday July 19th:

This contest, which is regarded with no little interest, was commenced on Monday last, at the St. George's Chess Club. The preparations made by the Honorary Secretary, Mr. Hampton, for the accommodation of the players and their friends gave satisfactory evidence of his wish to suit their convenience to the utmost, and elicited unqualified approbation both from the combatants and their seconds. After a few preliminaries, the choice of men and the first move was decided by lot. Mr. Lowenthal gained it, and commenced with the White men, and P to K4th, followed by KKt to B3d. The defence adopted by the American player being P to Q3d, or that known as the Philidor defence. The game, after lasting six hours, was adjourned to enable the combatants to take refreshment, and, when resumed, was continued for two hours longer. At one period Mr. Lowenthal had succeeded in gaining a Pawn, but this advantage was most skilfully regained by Mr. Morphy, and the final result of this first Partie was a DRAW. During the day the club rooms were well attended, and among the members we noticed Lord Ravensworth, General Sir Wm. Moon, &c.; and among the strangers, Mr. Bryan, from America, the well-known second of Mr. Staunton, during the match with M. St. Amant. As the moves were made they were transmitted to the club room, where they were followed with marked attention.

Game 2, Tuesday July 20th:

<Game the second took place next day at the London Chess Club, when the arrangements of the Honorary Secretary, Mr. Medley, were also most excellent. A room was specially set apart for the players, to which, as at the St. George's, only a limited number of spectators was admitted. The play commenced at two p.m. Mr. Morphy with the move played the King's Gambit, which his adversary declined to accept. The game was of a very interesting character, and it is a matter of regret that an error of Mr. Lowenthal's, by which he lost a piece, should have caused it to have terminated so speedily. Its duration was but four and a half hours. In the large room adjoining, and against the wall, was placed the monster board and men, first used at the Manchester meeting, and thereon the progress of the game was attentively watched by a considerable number of the members and their friends - Mr. G. Walker, the well-known author, Mr. Mongredien, Mr. Bryan, &c.>

Game 3, Thursday July 22nd:

The third game, played also at the London Club, has terminated equally in favour of the American champion. It was a protracted contest, extending to nearly eighty moves.

Game 4, Friday July 23rd, St. George's

Game 5, Monday July 26th

Game 6, Tuesday July 27th

Game 7, Thursday 29th July,

Game 8, Friday July 30th, St. George's

Game 9, Monday August 2nd (3rd & 5th), London (St. George's)

Game 10, Friday August 6th

Game 11 Thursday August 12th (& 13th)

Game 12 Thursday August 19th

Game 13 Friday August 20th

Game 14 Saturday August 21st

Game 1, 19.07.1858 (TF, 1858.07.24; TE, 1858.07.25)
Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 2, 20.07.1858 (TF, 1858.07.24; TE, 1858.08.01)
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Game 3, 22.07.1858 (TE, 1858.08.22)
Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 80 moves, 0-1

Game 4, 23.07.1858 (TE, 1858.08.01)
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Game 5, 26.07.1858 (TF, 1858.07.31)
Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 70 moves, 1-0

Game 6, 27.07.1858 (TF, 1858.08.07)
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 29 moves, 1-0

Game 7, 29.07.1858 (TF, 1858.08.07)
Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Game 8, 30.07.1858
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

Game 9, 02.08.1858 (TE, 1858.08.22)
Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 67 moves, 0-1

Game 10, 06.08.1858
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 1-0

Game 11, 12.08.1858 (TE, 1858.08.29)
Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 
(B44) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

Game 12, 19.08.1858 (TF, 1858.08.28)
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C01) French, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

Game 13, 19.08.1858 (TF, 1858.08.28)
Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 14, 21.08.1858 (TF, 1858.08.28)
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 49 moves, 1-0

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