I've been following the Guardian's chess writer Stephen Moss's column in which he has been working with UK chess supremo Nigel Short to improve his game. After a few one sided games against Short, Moss has recently posted this historic (1858) match between Paul Morphy and an unknown player. If you like chess, follow this through. You should know that Morphy played white and also started the game without his queenside rook. Enjoy.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Nxf7 Kxf7 7. Qf3+ Ke6 8. Nc3 Nd4 9. Bxd5+ Kd6 10. Qf7 Be6 11. Bxe6 Nxe6 12. Ne4+ Kd5 13. c4+ Kxe4 14. Qxe6 Qd4 15. Qg4+ Kd3, 16. Qe2+ Kc2, 17. d3+ Kxc1 18. 0-0 mate.

Oddly beautiful chess.


Anonymous said…
This game was played in 1850 when Paul was 13. Paul's opponent was his father, Judge Alonzo Morphy.

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