The Beast Awakens || Owen vs Morphy (1858)

Publicerades den 8 aug 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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John Owen vs Paul Morphy
Odds match (1858) (unorthodox), London ENG, rd 7, Aug-??
Chess variants (000)
1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. Nf3 ed4 4. Bc4 Qf6 5. O-O d6 6. Ng5 Nh6 7. c3 Bg4 8. f3 Bd7 9. Bd5 dc3 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Nb5 Bd8 12. f4 Ne7 13. Nc3 Bg4 14. Qb3 c6 15. e5 de5 16. Nce4 Bb6 17. Kh1 Qg6 18. Bf7 Nf7 19. Nf7 Nd5 20. Ned6 Ke7 21. f5 Qh5 22. Bg5 Kd7 23. Qg3 Bc7 24. Qe5 Rae8 25. Qg7 Bd6 26. Ne5 Kc8 27. Qd7 Kb8 28. Qd6 Ka8 29. Bf4 Qf5 30. Nc6 Bh3 31. gh3 Qe4 32. Kg1 Nf4 33. Rf4 Rhg8
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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  • "Mr. Morphy didn't think much of anyone." Bobby Fischer had contempt for those he played (maybe he had some respect for some away from the board, but he still considered other players beneath him). I wonder, if Morphy and Fischer had played, what would they have thought of each other? Fischer obviously held Morphy in the highest esteem, considering he went for rapid development in Morphy's style, but would they both have played as if the other was beneath him? 6:37 when your horse turns into a spider

  • My name is GM mesgen amanov

  • own he is prob gonna capture knight Morphy:WRONG

  • The problem is, well....Morphy starts being Morphy. Lol!

  • It must be very hard to live among people who are entire steps below you. So lonley there.

  • That is weird... hahaha..

  • Morphy madman


  • When will the Saga continue? Can't wait for the trip to France!

  • You thought you were winning.

  • your dog cracks me up

  • 2:53 maybe valak came to play 👻

  • Epic move by Morphy gg

  • That discover check could have been game over for Morphy.. I don't think one could get that lucky to get that position against Morphy.

  • When I was 7 , my bishop used to change lanes ..just like that Arrow..💁🏻‍♂️

  • I thought the answer was Re6, does that work also?

  • Aha! I won't make a mistake of playing f6 if I didn't start with an f7 pawn!

  • Wow insane ending. Damn that was sexy.

  • Can someone tell me why didnt knight took rook by owen? 4:26

  • Morphy😘💪💪😘😘😘

  • Thank you for these videos. You have been an excellent substitute for my friends at the bar and library during the pandemic :)

  • The two knights the queen and dark bishop. Morphy's king playing catch me if you can. Tag me. Leading them up the garden path. Actually morphys king is the king here.

  • Last time i came this early his name was jim owens

  • rg8 by black ne5 ++ leads to mate?

  • The Morphy Saga might be your best saga yet agad. Love the characters, the backstories, and (of course) the awesome chess play.

  • a good thing about dont having a f7 pawn is that you cant play f6!'

  • I was so excited for this game after the last one, and it didn’t disappoint. Murphy is the best.

  • #suggestion John Nunn vs Alexander beliavsky 1985 Link:

  • Binod

  • So, all those time's the light square Bishop couldn't help out? Think again!

  • #Suggestion Hikaru Nakamura v/s Danlil Dubov in Magnus Carlsen Tour Finals 2020

  • Even when morphy blunders the opponent reciprocates

  • Owen probably muttered under his breath..”diabolical!”.

  • Hi Agadmator! I just watched your video on the game of chess they played in Harry Potter. ( But I think there is a way for white to still "survive": After Rc3, black can do Qf5 or Qd5. I think both of these could save white. I don't find a reason why I'm wrong, so I was wondering if you could look into this and tell me if I overlooked something.

  • Binod

  • Morphy :- Yes you can chekmate in one. John:- yes I will checkmate you Morphy:- In your dreams 🤣

  • Binod😁

  • Hey @Agadmator, I really enjoy your content and also your merch.. Can Leela Chess Zero merch be an idea in the future?

  • Morphy is the ultimate MADLAD.

  • That is really weird 😸, perhaps an advanced form of Knight.

  • You need to make Morphy merch!

  • The problem is that owen is extremely strong player

  • Well here is one thing good for paul morphy and that is he can't play f6

  • Binod

  • Owen is a good attacking player maybe even sharper than Barnes

  • 12:40 if King to f1 instead of f2 I initially thought agad missed it but I guess I was wrong since it falls faster; f1 Qe3 and there is no defense Mi1 Rg1#. Damn it im so bad took me 10 mins to see it.

    • Oh wait there is, but it's still losing for white: Qe3 Qd8+, Rxd8 Nxd8, Qxh3+...

  • And is it as of move 0 that we have a completely new game?

  • What I learnt from

  • phenomenal.

  • 12:35 @agadmantor why can't rook be moved to g3?

    • He could, but it wouldn't help, still gets mated in a few moves.

    • Anybody can reply,That would help

  • Dear Mr. Agadmator, can you put up Steinitz saga

  • Owen missed too many opportunities. Morphy got really lucky hree

  • Owen never won against Morphy again. The result is 6-1 in Morphy's favour.

    • Against almost all new opponents Morphy usually lost the first game and the result in favour of his opponents usually stayed that way

  • What Morphy think, who can think

  • Morphy was Alpha zero basic version in the 19th century.

  • Someone give this guy a Morphyhead already...

  • I think Morphy stopped playing chess because there was really no point anymore....

  • Owen blundered the game

  • Binod

  • Timestamp: The only move. Question: What happens after Re6?

  • we need more Tal videos man

  • Morphy started being Morphy 💪

  • Amazing! #suggestion games have been fantastic! Include as much story as you can too, please.

  • That was like a Rocky movie. Morphy was getting pummelled the whole way and then BOOM! Down goes Owen.

  • Great player morphy

  • Morphy is always Morphy...

  • Jinesh

  • But now Morphy starting to become Morphy.... Very good line by Agad..

  • Morphy would be 1400 in modern chess . Maybe

  • Morphy obviously only looked amazing against super weak players . Definitely no Capablancs

  • Morphy was way over rated obviously

  • This really is the good stuff

  • Where’s Morphy’s Morphy head?

  • Instead of bh3, why not re6...

  • I would like to thank you for that

  • Your videos kept me company in the dark days while I struggled to cope up with the sudden demise of my beloved mother

  • PLEASE do a video about Stockfish NNUE rated 3659! 😍

  • Morphy Kept complicating kept complicating kept complicating even though it mentions complicating so many times but agad makes it so simple love you bro

  • Morphy plays like James Bond 007

  • Morphy pulled a Yugioh.

  • If only tal was here

  • Here I am,

  • this is the ugliest chess play I have ever seen it hurts my eyes looking at it

  • Really awesome odds games.

  • Morphy the Cat

  • Morphy Let Owen get what he thought was overwhelming, Morphy’s depth had it all covered the whole time..

  • When will Morphy’s opponent get the Morphy head?

  • Slight of hand and twist of fate it was..congrats Agad ☝️

  • Hunm

  • That bishop move is Alpha Zero stuff.

  • This really opens your eyes to what a genius he was ... Literally too bored to play correctly against some of the best opponents available to him

  • beautiful move. This is why people who love chess love it.

  • This knight captures is different from that knight captures

  • i ran that position with stockfish and i was surprised this Bh3 move was the only move giving black a huge advantage and rest were in favor of white. really amazing that morphy was able to find these moves in 1850s. its sad that he didnt play chess for long otherwise the scene of chess would be totally different. he is indeed the pride and sorror of chess.

  • I actually spotted bishop to h3 😂🔥

  • Morphy: "Since you beat me in the last game how about I give you pawn odds this time"

  • you the best Agadmator! love the morphy saga! from here in Minnesota, USA

  • 2:43 the light square bishop is secretly a dark square bishop

  • 11:38 If king just moves to g1 instead of capturing the bishop, the rook is safe because of checkmate for white. You assumed he’d capture with the king. No need.

  • Wow Morphy actually had some formidable opponents