A Lesson in Rook Lifts || Morphy vs Löwenthal (1858)


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This is the story of the birth of modern chess – when the possibilities of chess as an art, a science and a sport all converged.
The point of convergence was a young boy from Louisiana named Paul Morphy. At a time when America was seen as a backwoods nation with little cultural history and even less intellectual impetus, at a time when chess was considered the exclusive property of a few European countries, at a time when the game was played successfully by a handful of men wizened by years, Paul Morphy, in the brief span of 19 months and with seemingly little effort, defeated conclusively every player he met.
While today few non chess players even know his name, he was one of the most famous celebrities of his time and within the hallowed halls of the chess playing community he is considered by some as the greatest chess player of all time.
But this diminutive, unassuming boy rose to fame almost out of nowhere and once he secured his place in history, he retired back into that hazy unknown, shunning the public eye, never again to play serious chess. Not only was he one of great practitioners of the game, but also one of it’s greatest enigmas. He’s been given the sobriquet, The Pride and Sorrow of Chess.

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Paul Morphy vs Johann Jacob Loewenthal
Morphy – Loewenthal (1858), London ENG, rd 10, Aug-??
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ed5 ed5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Bd6 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 c6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 Bg4 10. h3 Bf3 11. Qf3 Nbd7 12. Bf5 Qc7 13. Rae1 Rae8 14. Re3 Bf4 15. Re2 Re2 16. Ne2 Bd6 17. Bd7 Nd7 18. Ng3 Re8 19. Nf5 Nf8 20. Bg3 Bg3 21. fg3 Re4 22. c3 Nh7 23. h4 h5 24. c4 Nf6 25. Ng7 Ng4 26. Nh5 Rd4 27. Nf6 Nf6 28. Qf6 Rc4 29. Rf5 Rg4 30. Re5 Qc8 31. Re7 Qf8 32. Qe5 Qg7 33. Re8 Kh7 34. Qh5

Materials used in research:
Paul Morphy: Pride and Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson
The Genius Of Paul Morphy by Chris Ward

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