Name: Paul Morphy
Federation:  
Years: 1848 - 1869
Total Games: 326
Wins: 257 (78.83 %)
Draws: 28 (8.59 %)
Losses: 41 (12.58 %)
Score: 83.13 %

Paul Morphy

Paul Charles Morphy was born in New Orleans on June 22, 1837. He is considered the most important player of his time. Morphy was a child prodigy, although he did not learn to play chess until he was 10 years old. At the age of 12 he already defeated the most important players in his city. In 1849, he faced Eugene Rousseau, played with him 50 times, winning 90% of the games. One of the games played against Rousseau was submitted by his uncle to the most famous chess magazine of the time ("La Regence" in Paris), and was published with much praise for Morphy. After these initial successes, he manages to beat the most prominent North American players. He even defeated the great Hungarian player Johann Jacob Loewenthal. His dominance in the United States was confirmed by winning the New York Tournament in 1857, where the strongest players in the country gathered, in addition to Louis Paulsen. After defeating all the top opponents in the United States, he decides to travel to Europe in search of the best chess players on the continent. Morphy's passage through Europe was devastating, both in results and the greatness of his game. He beat all the rivals that crossed his path in matches: Von der Lasa, Jacob Loewenthal, John Owen, Daniel Harrwitz. He also faced Adolf Anderssen who was another of the most revered players of the epoch, defeating him categorically. The last match Morphy played in Europe was against Augustus Mongredien, with 7 wins and 1 draw. He died in New Orleans on July 10, 1884, at the age of 47.

Last tournaments played

Tournament Date Elo Avg. Country
New Orleans m ??/??/1869 0  United States
New Orleans ??/??/1867 0  United States
New Orleans ??/??/1866 0  United States
New Orleans sim ??/??/1864 0  United States

Paul Morphy Repertoire with White pieces (most played)

ECO Opening Games
C51 Evans gambit declined 28 games
C52 Evans gambit 12 games
C41 Philidor's defence 8 games
C01 French, exchange variation 8 games

Paul Morphy Repertoire with Black pieces (most played)

ECO Opening Games
C33 King's gambit accepted 9 games
C54 Giuoco Piano 8 games
C41 Philidor's defence 8 games
C51 Evans gambit declined 7 games

Games played by Paul Morphy

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White ELO W Black ELO B Result Moves ECO Date Tournament View
Morphy, P Maurian, C 1-0 34 1869 New Orleans m
Morphy, P Maurian, C 0-1 69 1869 New Orleans m
Morphy, P Maurian, C 0-1 31 1869 New Orleans m
Morphy, P Maurian, C 1-0 26 1869 New Orleans m
Morphy, P Maurian, C 1-0 19 1869 New Orleans m
Morphy, P Maurian, C 1-0 25 1869 New Orleans m
Morphy, P Maurian, C 1-0 17 1869 New Orleans m
Morphy, P Maurian, C ½-½ 60 1867 New Orleans
Morphy, P Muarian, C 1-0 18 C37 1866 New Orleans
Morphy, P Maurian, C 1-0 25 1866 New Orleans
Morphy, P Maurian, C 1-0 30 1866 New Orleans
Morphy, P Maurian, C 1-0 28 1866 New Orleans
Morphy, P Maurian, C 1-0 27 1866 New Orleans
Morphy, P Maurian, C 0-1 30 1864 New Orleans sim
Morphy, P Sicre, F 1-0 21 C41 1864 Havana sim
Morphy, P Mc Connell, L 1-0 22 1864 New Orleans sim
Morphy, P Medina Garcia, A 1-0 36 1864 Havana sim
Morphy, P Capdevielle, P 1-0 36 C51 1864 Havana sim
Morphy, P Dominguez, 1-0 20 C56 1864 Havana sim
Morphy, P Golmayo Zupide, C 1-0 29 C51 1864 Havana sim
De Riviere, J Morphy, P 1-0 55 C54 1863 Paris m
De Riviere, J Morphy, P 1-0 30 C33 1863 Paris m
De Riviere, J Morphy, P 0-1 38 C51 1863 Paris m
De Riviere, J Morphy, P 0-1 24 C54 1863 Paris m
De Riviere, J Morphy, P 0-1 33 C50 1863 Paris m
Morphy, P De Riviere, J 1-0 40 C51 1863 Paris m
Morphy, P De Riviere, J 0-1 56 C38 1863 Paris m
Morphy, P De Riviere, J 1-0 24 C51 1863 Paris m
Morphy, P De Riviere, J 1-0 64 C66 1863 Paris m
Morphy, P De Riviere, J 1-0 26 C56 1863 Paris m
Morphy, P De Riviere, J 1-0 34 C53 1863 Paris m
De Riviere, J Morphy, P 0-1 20 C58 1863 Paris m
Sicre, J Morphy, P 0-1 34 C78 1862 Habana m
Morphy, P Sicre, J 1-0 27 C01 1862 Habana m
Morphy, P Meunier, J 1-0 27 1860 New Orleans
Morphy, P Ware, G 1-0 28 1859 New York sim
Morphy, P Thomas, W ½-½ 49 1859 Philadelphia m
Morphy, P Thomas, W 1-0 33 C50 1859 Philadelphia m
Morphy, P Stone, J 1-0 30 C51 1859 New York sim
Morphy, P Richardson, H 1-0 43 1859 New York sim
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