Jul 08


19.12.2014

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Grandmaster Ben Finegold pays tribute to his favorite player ever, former unofficial World Champion Paul Morphy. See how the first great American player outclassed his opponents, all while sacrificing pieces and starting a rook down.

Morphy vs Charles Le Carpentier, New Orleans (1849): C44 Scotch gambit
Morphy vs James McConnell, New Orleans (1849): C40 Greco defence
James McConnell vs Morphy, New Orleans (1850): C02 French, advance variation
Morphy vs. NN, ? (1850): C57 two knights defence, Fegatello attack, Polerio defence
Morphy vs Charles Maurian, New Orleans (1857): C37 King’s Gambit Accepted, Ghulam Kassim gambit
Morphy vs Thomas Herbert Worrall, New York (1857): C37 King’s Gambit Accepted, Ghulam Kassim gambit

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2 Responses to “The Legend: Paul Morphy – Lecture By GM Ben Finegold (Video)”

  1. squodgy Says:

    I’ve enjoyed these.
    Not watched all of them, but those I did were most enlightening.
    Thanks

  2. Infinite Says:

    To S.,

    I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them. 🙂

    All those videos remind me of the times, when I have been actively playing.

    Just recently somebody I’ve played against 25 years ago recognized me on the street.

    We talked for a few minutes and he asked if I would want to come to his chess club and play a few games.

    I did.

    And amazingly after so many years of not playing I can still (easily) keep up with them.

    It was fun.

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