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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Trivia Question: Did you guess the chess master?

Hello Everyone!

Some days back we had asked you to guess whose photo was this?

Paul Morphy (June 22, 1837 – July 10, 1884)

We gave you hints about this chess master and even one of his games. Almost all of you got the answer right!

This is indeed Paul Charles Morphy (June 22, 1837 – July 10, 1884). He was an American. Morphy was considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial World Chess Champion! He was also one of the first chess prodigies in the modern rules of chess era.

The game we posted for you was Morphy's famous Opera Game from Paris, 1858. The Opera Game was played between Paul Morphy and two strong amateurs - the German noble Duke Karl of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Count Isouard, who consulted, playing together as partners, against Morphy. Morphy won the game in an instructive manner. The game is one of the most popular games used by chess teachers in the classroom!

You can read more about The Opera Game here and about Paul Morphy here.

Meanwhile, you can see more Paul Morphy's games here.

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