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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Chess Champion’s Dominance—and Madness

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Here is a very nice and interesting article by Karen Abbot in It's titled A Chess Champion’s Dominance—and Madness. We thought it was about Bobby Fischer but very interesting read - It's about Paul Morphy. Such is our immediate connection with the adjective and Fischer.
Enjoy reading the article.

Paul Morphy playing "blindfold" chess in Paris, 1858. From Harper's Weekly.

By the time Paul Morphy was felled by a stroke on July 10, 1884, he had become an odd and familiar presence on Canal Street in New Orleans: a trim little man in sack suit and monocle, muttering to himself, smiling at his own conceits, swinging his cane at most who dared approach. Sometimes he would take a fancy to a passing woman and following her for hours at a distance. He lived in fear of being poisoned, eating only food prepared by his mother or sister, and he believed that neighborhood barbers were conspiring to slit his throat. His family tried to have him committed to an asylum, but he argued his sanity so convincingly that the authorities declined to admit him. It had been a quarter-century since he became a world-renowned chess champion, and for the last decade of his life he was loath to discuss the game at all. Continue reading here.

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  • At December 13, 2011 at 5:00 AM , Anonymous alexis cochran, nz said...

    interesting read but yes the fischer thing - he couldnt find true friends i think.

  • At December 13, 2011 at 9:50 AM , Anonymous babblefish, paris said...

    very interesting read. Did not know all this about morphy. one thing i want to point out. I think first this madness-chess-fischer link is incorrect because he didn't descend into madness because of chess but possibly cause of real-world situations. but as misconceptions stick so this does too. maybe one day we will have a new secret untold story of fischer. i would love to support it.


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