Sacrifice a Rook To Sacrifice The Queen!

Publicerades den 14 nov 2020
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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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Henry Edward Bird vs Paul Morphy
"Meta-Morphysis" (game of the day Aug-14-2005)
Casual Game (1858), London ENG, Aug-??
Philidor Defense: Philidor Countergambit. Zukertort Variation (C41)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 f5 4. Nc3 fe4 5. Ne4 d5 6. Ng3 e4 7. Ne5 Nf6 8. Bg5 Bd6 9. Nh5 O-O 10. Qd2 Qe8 11. g4 Ng4 12. Ng4 Qh5 13. Ne5 Nc6 14. Be2 Qh3 15. Nc6 bc6 16. Be3 Rb8 17. O-O-O Rf2 18. Bf2 Qa3 19. c3 Qa2 20. b4 Qa1 21. Kc2 Qa4 22. Kb2 Bb4 23. cb4 Rb4 24. Qb4 Qb4 25. Kc2 e3 26. Be3 Bf5 27. Rd3 Qc4 28. Kd2 Qa2 29. Kd1 Qb1
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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  • that's some nasty die hard queen

  • 11:04 king e1 black k b1 chak white rook d1 blocking chak... isnt that best solution for white? just asking :) Nadam se da razumes sta sam napisao, komsije smo :D

  • Can we get more on the Capablanca saga

  • We need “Nasty Discoveries” and “Disgusting Engine Line” mercy! #suggestion ahaha love it as always thanks agad!

  • what would had happend if Bird had played Queen to c3? I mean, that looks pretty defendable to me, you might me down on paws but you are up a hold rook

  • you dont give atention to my comments i will keep commenting until you do i also found a game between fisher and greg grant which was grants immortal


  • is it me who thinks that after morphy played queen sac bird could have played rook D1 to G1 after queen takes pawn chek king moves to D1 and then whatever white plays like if he plays queen to B1 chek then black can defend it with his own queen,queen C1and if not then bird wouldve sacrificed his rook, rook takes G7 pawn chek and then after king captures, queen from D2 to G5 check and then dark bishop from F2 to E3!its defended! AGADMATOR!!!! IM ON TOP OF THE WORRRRLLDDDD FUCK MORPHY!

  • Bird ki chidiya udd gayi

  • "that's not a g5 bishop to g5 is hilarious"🤣

  • Capablanca took great pride in being compared by Amos Burn to Morphy. Capa wrote in 1914: "The magnificent American master had the most extraordinary brain that anybody has ever had for chess. Technique, strategy, tactics, knowledge which is inconceivable for us; all that was possessed by Morphy fifty-four years ago. One example: in his time theoretical knowledge of the openings did not exist, so to speak, yet what Morphy played fifty-six years ago against the Petroff Defense is considered by Lasker and me to be the strongest continuation for White."

  • Is there any way you can show some random Stanton games so we can see how strong he was at chess?

  • Always love me a Morphy game.

  • I'm subscribed to this channel but I'm not getting email notifications. why?

  • The game is over at 8:45 lmao. Why is there another ten minutes of this video? I realize times were different but holy shit what the hell is Bird doing?

  • Easy draw. Morphy games look impressive but they are easy refuted by a high rated competition.

  • Morphy 😍🔥🔥

  • Is there really no escape for the king at any point during the attack? I must be missing something. Namely KC2->KC3, why that does not work? Ah okay, that's also draw

  • A lot of the rumors about Paul Morphy are obviously fake

  • 5:57 Queen C3? White should be winning

  • So basically Staunton left Morphy on seen. Nice.

  • @agad would you be able to throw some light on the last move where King goes to d1, instead of that wouldn't e1 be a better position for the king? That way the rook and the white bishop could both save it. Anyone?

  • I think Paul Morphy gives some clarity on the "is chess an art, science or sport?" question when he plays games like this.

  • 0:50 I got sad when he didn't play 1. f4 :((((((( When did Bird actually start playing it anyway?

  • This is the power of paul charles morphy pride and sorrow of chess american chess legend before bobby fischer

  • Got a right move for the first time

  • I can make a king sacrifice!

  • 1:05 "And of course you immediately charge into the center with d4." Me: "What do you mean 'of course'?? No one ever told me you're supposed to meet d6 with d4!! Now I've gotta look this up for the next time someone ruins my Scotch!"

  • Morphy's letter to Staunton... Today we have Twitter trolls... Something has gone awry

  • Remember when Josh Friedel said that Morphy probably wouldn't even qualify as a master today, because he played in such a weak era? I think games of this sort disprove that theory

    • @Tushar V I understand what you're saying, but my point is much simpler: anyone capable of seeing tactics like these is going to be a master in any era, including the present one -- and yes, I do mean transplanted directly from the past and plopped down today. A low-level master is only 2200 strength. Is someone really trying to tell me that Morphy couldn't go to a contemporary chess tournament and crush the local 2200's? No way I could buy that.

    • But the point is different. Morphy wins in such dominant fashion because his opponents don't play very good moves. A master today would play better moves because of opening theory. Absolute strength and relative strength are different arguments. Same as assuming that Carlsen would be as strong as the masters in year 2200, which is unlikely because of the advancements in chess knowledge. This is a different argument than saying if Morphy was born in this era and had engines, because then that player would no longer be Morphy.

  • Welcome back to the good stuff agads clearly a gear head

  • #suggestion Korchnoi vs "Marcozy". The living vs dead game. There is an intriguing backstory to this game and it was played over 7 years in correspondence. Marcozy, who was dead, apparently communicated his moves through a medium. Would love your analysis by on the game and the situation!

  • What about queen to c3 instead of pawn to c3? It looks like bird still loses some pawn but seems like flee while connecting rooks as well as being up a whole rook. Can somebody help? @agadmator I dont know if using this tag legal here but #suggestion Im really curious about what would happen.

  • This is art..appreciate it! -Denzel Crocker

  • Staunton was afraid of "Morphy the genius".

  • Morphy was very sophisticated person.

  • 4:44 One of the few times i actually found the move(rook and queen sacrifice) and i am really pround that its this game!

  • One of the greatest ideas that I ever seen on board. If your opponent play like this then before and during the whole game you are in a psychological pressure. Brillant Morphy.

  • Really amazing

  • Why not 27. Bd3 Qc4+ 28. Kd2? If 28. ... Qxd3+ 29. Ke1 If 28. ... Qa2+ 29. Ke1

  • Did he just say Bird opening that would have been too early? Are we really talking about an Early Bird??

  • Morphy was a 19th century chess engine

  • #suggestion Hey Antonio. Perhaps you could show some games by Maria Teresa Mora Iturralded. As suggested by this article there is some evidence that Harman's character took inspiration from the Cuban female chess player and apparently she beat Capablanca couple of times. But I couldn't find these games online unfortunately. Let's get more girls play chess!

  • #suggestion Hey dude, check this game out King's Gambit Accepted: Cunningham, Bertin Gambit 1. e4 { [%clk 0:10:00] } e5 { [%clk 0:10:00] } 2. f4 { [%clk 0:09:56] } exf4 { [%clk 0:09:57] } 3. Nf3 { [%clk 0:09:51] } Be7 { [%clk 0:09:56] } 4. Bc4 { [%clk 0:09:38] } Bh4+ { [%clk 0:09:54] } 5. g3 { [%clk 0:09:25] } { C35 King's Gambit Accepted: Cunningham, Bertin Gambit } fxg3 { [%clk 0:09:52] } 6. O-O { [%clk 0:09:20] } gxh2+ { [%clk 0:09:47] } 7. Kxh2 { [%clk 0:09:15] } Nh6 { [%clk 0:08:53] } 8. Nc3 { [%clk 0:09:05] } Ng4+ { [%clk 0:08:50] } 9. Kg2 { [%clk 0:08:58] } Qf6 { [%clk 0:08:36] } 10. d4 { [%clk 0:08:46] } Nh6 { [%clk 0:06:51] } 11. Ne5 { [%clk 0:07:44] } Qb6 { [%clk 0:05:53] } 12. Nd5 { [%clk 0:07:16] } Qa5 { [%clk 0:05:05] } 13. Bd2 { [%clk 0:06:52] } Qa4 { [%clk 0:04:48] } 14. b3 { [%clk 0:06:47] } Qa3 { [%clk 0:04:45] } 15. Bxh6 { [%clk 0:06:26] } gxh6 { [%clk 0:04:34] } 16. Qh5 { [%clk 0:06:15] } Rg8+ { [%clk 0:04:18] } 17. Kh1 { [%clk 0:06:09] } { Black resigns. } 1-0 Why did black resign is not clear to me

  • Morphy’s short career will forever be the biggest loss in chess history

    • Just like old saying " You Either Die A Hero, Or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become The Villain" Morphy could easily turned to be like Kasparov the chess villain, but at least after Morphy leaving chess we got Adolf Anderssen. Morphy left chess board to live idle life as a lawyer is a pure romanticism bedtime story

    • It's not a loss, he was minimized purposely by the US and by Europe. Europe at that time d iui didn't respect the US due to its early independence date 1775. And the US didn't respect Paul Morphy because his mother was Creole during that era American confederates were still very sensitive to the "mixed" marriages. Sons of them were rarely ever respected. Please do some digging. Why do you think he went crazy!

    • Fischer

  • #suggestion Can you include the pgn to the game, i.e., have a link to Thanks.

  • #suggestion instead of saying "this position has never been reached again" you can say "we have a completely unique game" really love the way you show chess. I'm addicted

  • #suggestion Duda-Caruana game 6 from their speed chess championship match

  • Morphy plays f4 with white and f5 with black always.Maybe he hates the queens gambit

  • What about queen to C3 in the position from the thumbnail??

  • #suggestion Recent fun game of Hikaru with alireza.

  • The PGN files on this link purport to be a comprehensive list of all preserved morphy games, including five games vs Bird. {Edit: never mind. The 5th Bird game was a simul which Morphy won..} I don't think we can ever know how great Morphy might have been because so few opponents presented any real challenge to him. Fischer thought Morphy would have defeated Staunton, but in a great struggle. Personally, I think Staunton knew enough from Morphy's work to see not only the possibility of defeat, but the possibility of an embarrassingly lopsided defeat. Not good for Staunton's business!

  • Am I the only one absolutely boggled by this game? Did Morphy come with this in preparation or recreate the Mona Lisa over the chess board?

  • #quote ...our target straight with a room full of armed pawns to off the kings on the west side at dawn. - rage against the machine

  • #suggestion Hi Agadmator. You are amazing. I dont know if you have already analyzed this game, but Robert Byrne vs Bobby Fischer 1963. It won the brilliancy prize. I

  • i would like you to cover 1953 zurich interzonal tournament, I think this would be a prefect tournament to cover. Pozdrav iz Zagreba!!!

  • You could do a video about the other game with the same position. I would be curious to se how they got in this position and why they made a draw.

  • These old games be my favs

  • I'm a grand master of sacrificing my king. I do it every game.

  • Originally, I thought Staunton was just a coward, but I recently read that Staunton actually had to cancel a previous match with someone else, due to a heart condition before Morphy even arrived in the UK. So, suffering from severe health problems myself, I think maybe what happened is that Staunton was hoping to be healthy enough to play Morphy. But then when Morphy got to London, Staunton realized he was indeed too sick, but he was also embarrassed to tell Morphy he came all that way for nothing. Maybe he kept hoping that after just a few more days or months he'd be healthy enough to play. But it never happened. Obviously, Morphy was justifiably angry, and I don't think he was in the mood to accept or believe any talk of ill health. Staunton lived a 15 more years after this, but I don't think he ever played a competitive chess match in all that time.

  • If only you could've shown from Black's perceptions, I.e. black on the lower side of the board..Could've enjoyed more...

    • @Anderpanders guessing is exciting I agree but in Morphy Saga, it's apparently very clear in the beginning who is the winner..

    • Having the winning side always at bottom would give away the winners before watching the game. I enjoy taking guesses at which player wins which game. But it's true, it would've been nice to see this from his perspective.

  • 11:19 that voice crack sounds sick 😂😂. "AaAaAnd"

  • #suggestion: Efim Geller vs Max Euwe Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 2, Aug-31

  • What vision. Crazy

  • #suggestion Benny is a young kid and Gadir is 2700 Aizenberg, Benny - Guseinov, Gadir European Rapid Championship 2019 round 01 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Be3 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 d6 9. f3 Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 b5 12. h4 a5 13. Nd5 Nxd5 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Bxd5 Rc8 16. h5 Rh8 17. O-O-O Qb6 18. g4 e6 19. h6+ Kf8 20. Bb7 Qxb7 21. Qxd6+ Ke8 22. Qd4 Rg8 23. Rd2 Rc7 24. Qg7 Rf8 25. Qxh7 Ke7 26. Qg7 Qc8 27. g5 Rh8 28. Qf6+ 1-0

  • Staunton was liking all of that endorsement money he was getting from Jaques of London and didn't want to give that up to Morphy.

  • #suggestion kasparov v short 1993

  • Hello, Agadmator, can you please analyse some interesting games from speed chess championship (for example, one game from every match), including last bullet (1+1) game from match Duda vs Caruana? #suggestion

  • This was actually beautiful

  • Amazing. Some awesome Tal moves in here 😊

  • #suggestion Hikaru's game against Firouzja, Hikaru has made a video about it already but I would love to see you analyzing it

  • What about Queen C3 when Morphy offered queen sacrifice???

  • #suggestion Caruana vs Duda SCC game 4 - Bravest King ever :)

  • I don’t understand why and how all these great chess people including the seamless world champion Magnus, greatest US players such as Wesley and Hikaru, 8 time Russia champion Svidler, very clever interpreter and trainer GM Gustafsson, very intriguing chess youtuber “Agadmator” etc. they all like the way in which “The Queen’s Gambit” show runs? Isn’t it obvious that almost none of the actors are really trained about how to exchange the pieces - I mean with their hands? Is it so difficult to make exercises on this for an actor or an actress?

  • That bishop maneuver at the end tho (the checkmate in 2 agad showed, that was cool) The two bishop moves in a row for the checkmate The dark square bishop is so special

  • This game is so good it deserves a Morphy head.

  • Hey, agad I have checked to database Paul Morphy VS Henry Bird it actually showed me 5 games. Go to then go to more then master games and then type Paul Morphy VS Henry Bird there you can find 5 games. Please check this out.

  • feel free to pause video and find rook sacrafice which is BISHOP SACRAFICE

  • #suggestion

  • Wow ... just wow .. 👌💯🎩

  • Fakat si najbolji

  • #suggestion recent Hikaru vs Aliresa blitz game

  • Horror!

  • If morphy has a bad game is it still the good stuff?

  • Agadmator has forgotten to call a new game before

  • Thanks for reading the Paul Murphy letter! That was really a nice surprise ☺

  • could you show gotham game against vidit

  • I want to see Bird get crushed

  • This game was the first in which I found the winning move!!

  • let take a moment to thank agadmators grandfather for getting him intrested in chess.

  • Starts at 0:50

  • "There is no rook" Paul Charles Morpheus

  • Do you have these games memorized? Or do you have the game open on another tab and show us it? Or looked at the game recently?

  • Still theory

  • At 5:41, Qc3 saves white? or not?

  • hello everyone me: hits the like button

  • # Pripoae, Nicolae vs Enescu, Constantin 2005, one of the few games that feature the lemming defense and black winning with it.

  • # game 18 from alphazero v stockfish linked here, AZ took it's king for a whole walk towards the end of the game

  • 2:11 Bishop to G5 that's not G5 😁

  • The match with Staunton never happened Spoiler alert