This Happens To All of Us || Morphy vs Löwenthal (1858)

Publicerades den 23 sep 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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Paul Morphy vs Johann Jacob Loewenthal
"Tonight, Let it be Lowenthal" (game of the day May-21-2009)
Morphy - Loewenthal (1858), London ENG, rd 8, Jul-30
Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41)
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Nd4 e5 5. Nc6 bc6 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. O-O d5 8. ed5 cd5 9. Bb5 Bd7 10. Bd7 Qd7 11. Re1 Bd6 12. Nc3 e4 13. Bg5 Ng4 14. Qd5 Bh2 15. Kh1 Qd5 16. Nd5 O-O 17. f3 ef3 18. gf3 Ne5 19. Re3 f6 20. Kh2 Rad8 21. Re5 fg5 22. Kg3 h6 23. c4 Rf7 24. Rae1 Kf8 25. c5 g6 26. c6 Rc8 27. c7 Rcc7 28. Re8 Kg7 29. Nc7
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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  • SEnewss trolling me again with 360p. Give it a minute or two and hit that F5 :)

    • this happens to all of us

    • Ufff, never go f5 early.

    • Is the PGN correct?

    • Antonio you have to do it all the time to meet you at the verge of total count on me and I will be more than anything else to do it at least one other person is strictly forbidden to be with you tomorrow if that is not available for remote playback

    • Prophylactic move

  • Johann Jacob Lowenthal won the game!

  • Why does so many of your videos have random Christian fanatic commenters?

  • @5:41 can’t white exchange the rook to divert the queen & pick the undefended bishop🧐. Am I missing anything? White-Rxd8+, Qxd8, Bxc5

  • 5:45 Why didn't Morphy capture the Rook on d8 here? He would win the Bishop on c5 for free, wouldn't he?

  • 11:19 Isnt Kh6 instead like winning or what

  • Morphy wasn't doing too well in the end games if you watch his games. He usually won by move 20, so I can't blame him.

  • At 3:35 why couldn’t the h7 pawn go h5? Wouldn’t that be a good defense?

  • 3:35 Why not h7-h5 ??

  • Great choice of videos for saga,instead of choosing games where Morphy sacrifices everything and wons like wizard,such thematic games carry higher weightage as far as understanding of chess is concerned

  • I’m not sure if he realizes how funny he is sometimes 😂

  • “So what happens here if you capture the pawn? Well, you just get annihilated” 😂😂😂

  • 5:41 why didn't he captured the rook first

    • Here is why : If White plays Rxd8+ then Qxd8. After Bxc5, it seems white just won a bishop.BUT DOES HE?? because black has Qd1+ .You can't block the check (Unless you wanna give up the queen) So white would have to play Kf2 (only move). After this black plays Qxc2+ and yes the c5 Bishop is lost . Difference is, Black also gets a pawn. It is a surprise I figured it out without using an engine.Hats off to me😎😎

  • Ohh freak, this end game was an easy in 2020 but the opening and middle game is awesome of these games

  • Why at 5:20 do you move the room back. Why not sac the bishop and take the pawn at H6?

  • Best intro ever

  • No No We like this Saga


  • How are you able to pronounce every name flawlessly ?

  • Dogs keep barking and Lion stands alone like a king. 😊 Just ignore the dogs!!!

  • Actually, I really liked this game as i really enjoy the king&pawn endgame, thanks for the videos

  • At 5:41 morphy didn’t take the rook because he loses a pawn at the end of the variation.Rxd8 Qxd8 Bxc5 Qd1 Kf2 Qxc2 Kf1 and Qxc5 winning back the bishop and up a pawn.

    • Thank you, this bugged me hard until you explained it!

  • Morphy raged and threw irl

  • Morphy seems to have problems with endgame (either lack of patience or maybe not so good with long positional struggles). Most of the games I saw him lose were engame grinds

  • Morphy is the goat

  • Why didn't white play d3 takes d8 at 5:41? The queen must capture and you get a free bishop because it is now undefended.

  • Binod

  • 5:41 what if R×d8+ Q×d8 and only then B×c5?

  • I found the b3 move, you congratulated me by mistake, sir

  • Thanks for posting this game , it REALLY helps me !!!!

  • Strange to see Morphy blow the endgame twice in the span of ~15 moves

  • About the Capa quote; What did he know about losing chessgames, he is probably talking about some other board or cardgame

  • Loved the game

  • * you find your wife with a black man comin back home early * Antonio: of course this is a terrible blunder, white here loses immediately feel free to pause the video and sorry 'bout dat *sounds of capture capture *

  • Murphy one of the greatest

  • protip: Morphy threw this game on purpose so that he could make the match more exciting. ;)

  • 5:45 instead of trading why not Bxh6

  • Every chess player is mortal. Sure Morphy was a powerhouse in positional play and tactics, but he had his flaws in the endgame as you can see.

  • V nice game

  • "This Happens To All of Us" ?? Really?? Not to me !!

  • Couldn’t Morphy ein the Bishop on c5 with Rxd8+ and if the queen takes back Morphy just captures the bishop...

  • 5:45 Morphy missed Rxd8+?? Wtf???

  • Can you make a video showcasing some more of "the long opposition" of kings?

  • Agadmator drops the library and bar bomb again.

  • 5:44 why not Rxd8?

  • Make a video on karjakin v Kraminik 2019 king salman World blitz rapid champions#Suggestion

  • 5:44 cant u just capture the rook and then the bishop?

  • thank you for showing us this game!

  • I am really happy to see your progress and evolution throughout the years. You are doing an excellent job and you deserve everything you have achieved. Keep up with the good stuff! :)

  • Even tho Morphy lost, this game expanded our "vast" knowlegde of endgame.

  • The funny part is that there is actually a bar in a library that I know of. It's the main Boston public library. They renovated it at least a year ago. I was there once last year and noticed from afar a bunch of people in the middle of the day enjoying alcoholic drinks in the bar. They were all dressed like they were at the Royal Ball in London. It was obviously and unfortunately for upper-class or rich people, complete w/ a couple well-dressed hosts (in bow ties) manning the door. Not my type of place...Heck, bars in general aren't my type of place.

  • Some of the greatest games of all time are ones a non-titled player can appreciate and watch over and over, and yet find relatively little in there that they're able to actually take into their own games, because the ideas were so brilliant and so situational that the odds of being able to replicate the winning principle are slim. This, whilst decent, some might describe as forgettable. But it's very instructive.

  • So at 5:43 if rook takes on d8 isn't that crushing because the queen would be forced to take and then the bishop on c5 hangs ?

    • Nope, black would actually get free pawn,, after white took the bishop, its gonna be a check by black queen and then pick pawn at C2 while getting the white bishop next

  • But it's always good stuff!

  • Im here because of jetlag warriors 😆

  • Watching this chess game from the 1850s got me wondering what is the oldest known chess game recorded ?

  • At 5:45, why didn't Morphy take the rook on D8 and force check, forcing the queen to take and then picking up the bishop afterward??????

  • playing chess with a few pieces is more difficult that playing with all the battery in place. You can recover with the later. only a kings and pawns, there is not recovery .

  • Higher quality conversations.

  • Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41) 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 What?!

  • Wow Saint Paulus Morphinus made a mistake in the endgame.

  • Sorry about that.

  • Good stuff! I learned sth: "Opposition in the endgame.." Never herd of it. I shoild proly google it. But I don't think I won't. It's funnier just to play like shaliraliralla.

  • Good Example. Seems to me that Morphy wasn't that great at 'boring' positions. I mean, Morphy sure was a genius at tactical games, but it seems he was a bit more 'normal' grandmaster in such endgames. To have chances against him one had to trade off all the pieces and wait what happens. Just joking... As this was a normal game with enough time to calculate, he had to see that b3 isn't winning. Who made that famous quote that a pawn move couldn't be taken back? ;)

  • PGN is wrong... :(

  • Agad literally doesn’t miss maybe even the perfect SEnewssr?

  • Best of agamator's funny moments -

  • 5:41 Why did morphy not go Rd8 capture before trading bishops? It would check, forcing the queen to capture and allow a free bishop capture afterwards? King could try to move to f7 or h7 , but Qg6 would be mate, so the queen would need to capture and move away from defending the bishop. Am I missing something?

  • 5:42 why not rxd8+? and win the bishop then

  • Capablanca’s quote spoils the game.

  • Doesn't rook d3 takes rook on d8 at 05:42 win a bishop?

  • 5:41 what if Rxd8+ ? It wins a piece

  • #suggestion can you cover some of the nice games from the Fischer-Spassky rematch in 1992?

  • Where's your dog ?

  • Carlsen→> Kim jong un Fabiano→> Putin

  • Löwenthal vs Joseph Smith

  • Morphy generally played with great accuracy, so I think we can forgive him his little mishaps like this one. Tbh, even today's Super GMs all have more than a few games where they throw away a hard-to-see winning position by making crucial moves in the wrong order.

    • Kasparov has blundered pieces and Kramnik allowed a mate in one

  • Really like the way you explain things , it's not just about the match but special insight on what a beginner must know , e.g. these pawn pushing in this game.

  • Ah yes, the classic Philidor Defense with 1. e4 c5

  • Phew! This shows the quality of end game!

  • At 5:46 can't Morphy trade rooks on d8 and grab the bishop for free?

  • I never know if Antonio makes a joke or if he's serious when he says about chess conversation with friends in the pub or the library ;).

  • Sadge morphy...

  • >" They avoid grabbing the pawn.... unless they are i are like *Tomas Wilson Barnes...* " Love it!

  • Very instructive end game!

  • After hundreds of videos, I was finally able to perceive the meaning of the initial soundcheck at 0:35, probably due to the echo of the sound of the pawn! :)

  • This lowenthal dude is just gonna lose

  • Biggest mistake in chess is underestimating your opponent and agad don't care about all those comments I love all the games you show

  • Что такое снюс фест

  • Magnus vs billgates

  • Magnus. Carlsen vs billgates

  • excellent game. thank you for bringing this classic to life for us. i especially love these games when it comes down to 1 tempo.

  • 5:45, too bad, you didn't show qxc2 after king f2, winning a pawn

  • Why is the pgn again wrong?

  • I'll definitely mention this game to my friends at the bar and the library ! especially the wrong pawn push

  • It also reminds us that Morphy can also make mistakes.

  • 5:46What happens if Morphy went Rxd8+?

    • After white wins the bishop, black has Qd1+, Kf2, Qc2+ forking king and bishop, and black wins bishop back and is up a pawn.

  • The reason Morphy didn't play the king-pawn endgame properly was because it was the first time he ever let an opponent get him to a king-pawn endgame and he didn't know what to do!

  • before watching your videos i liked chess but after watching your videos ive develop a crazy obsession for chess, i cant stop playing. everytime i watch your videos i learn stuff i didnt know and it makes me wanna play chess even more.

  • Not showing losses even from the greatest players ever is a distortion of reality and dishonest. Many people are guilty of hero worship where they cannot believe that their idols are fallible. Chess players are human and by that very nature are not perfect.