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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Can you recognize this chess master?

Hello everyone!

The birthday of a great chess master is in a few days. Can you recognize him from the photo and tell us when is his birthday?

Here are some more hints:
  • This chess master, as a kid, once showed his father and uncle how the latter should have won a chess game that he lost. The kid even reset the pieces and showed them the win much to the surprise of his father and uncle as they had not taught him anything. The kid had learned on his own just by watching!
  • Can you also recognize this nice game played by this genius chess master?
PGN: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.Qb3 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.Bg5 b5 10.Nxb5 cxb5 11.Bxb5+ Nbd7 12.O-O-O Rd8 13.Rxd7 Rxd7 14.Rd1 Qe6 15.Bxd7+ Nxd7 16.Qb8+ Nxb8 17.Rd8 1-0

You can run this game in our pgn player or watch it in the flash player below:

We will tell you the answer in a few days!

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  • At June 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM , Anonymous Robert Noland said...

    Paul Morphy. I saw one of his games in a book where he played someone in an exhibition blindfolded. The nature of the lesson I was looking at was teaching you the importance in development. This person had a few pieces out on the board and was down by white trying to bother the King. If I remember correctly Morphy had all his pieces developed, and although Paul Morphy lost his Queen he still wound up suffocating his opponent's King (black) with two Knights.

    That astounded me! I couldn't do that if I was looking at the board. That man was amazing!

  • At June 19, 2010 at 4:56 PM , Blogger Attakinsky said...

    Paul Murphy

  • At June 19, 2010 at 8:16 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Alexandra the answer to your question is Paul Morphy. The game you provide is a famous one Morphy played in Paris in 1858 against Carl Isouard.
    Morphy was 21 years of age when he played this brilliancy.

  • At June 19, 2010 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Ram said...

    Brilliant finish. One of the few amazing patterns every chess player should remember immediately. Paul Morphy is just way too good

  • At June 20, 2010 at 5:52 AM , Anonymous Julien said...

    Yes, it was Paul Morphy. The game was held in Paris in 1858 against the Count Isouard. Beautiful finish.

  • At June 20, 2010 at 6:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I cannot forget this wonderful game of Paul Morphy!! Lorenzo

  • At June 20, 2010 at 11:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi! You may remember the Giant Chess match? It happened today. We used this game as a demonstration. We had adults controlling the pieces and children playing as pawns! Then, 2 Town Criers called out the moves and I helped tell the black pieces where to move :)

    We also showed Louis Paulsen - Paul Morphy from New York 1857 ( although we deviated on move 22 and played ...Rg2+ instead. Finally we played Corte-Bolbochan 1946 (

    Much fun was had by all :)

  • At June 21, 2010 at 9:35 AM , Anonymous Sarah T. said...

    Paul Morphy any day and that's the Opera Game in Paris but am not sure of more details... waiting for the answers.

  • At June 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The greatest!! Every Morphy game I play over just leaves me stunned. I don't think we will ever see anyone like him again.

    Here is a game that he played in a simul against masters while he was blindfolded:

    [Site "New York"]
    [Event "Blindsimul."]
    [Date "1857"]
    [White "Morphy"]
    [Black "Lichtenhein"]
    [Result "1-0"]

    1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d5 4. exd5 Be7 5. Bb5+ c6 6. dxc6
    bxc6 7. Bc4 Bh4+ 8. g3 fxg3 9. O-O gxh2+ 10. Kh1 Bf6 11. Ne5
    Nh6 12. d4 Bxe5 13. Qh5 Qxd4 14. Bxf7+ Nxf7 15. Qxf7+ Kd8
    16. Bg5+ Bf6 17. Nc3 Bd7 18. Rxf6 Kc7 19. Bf4+ Kb7 20. Rd6 Qc5
    21. Ne4 Qxc2 22. Rxd7+ Nxd7 23. Qxd7+ Ka6 24. Nd6 Rhd8
    25. Qb7+ Ka5 26. Bd2+ Qxd2 27. Nc4+ Ka4 28. b3# 1-0

    By the way, Carlsen and Wang Yue recently played a game in the same variation!


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