Chess Phenomenon Paul Morphy
151 Seiten, kartoniert, Beyer, 1. Auflage 2016
Paul Charles Morphy - compared with famous contemporaries like Adolf Anderssen or Howard Staunton - belongs to the 'enigmatic' personalities of chess history. Such a fate remains mostly reserved to those great players whose biography states, sooner or later: showed psychological abnormalities, isolated himself, became moody, a weirdo, a loner ...
In short - he was one of those who nourish and thus keep alive the folklore maintaining there's a fine line between genius and insanity.
However, it's not the aim of this book to illuminate the more or less obscure areas of Morphy's life, as it's not a psychological study, but a chess book. Thus, instead of a research of the soul, a search is to be conducted, a search for a reliable answer to the question as to what sort of chess player Morphy was.
The author is a chess historian whose main interest has always been this American 'superstar' of the 19th century - rightly regarded as one of the 'uncrowned world champions'. He has selected and annotated 100 of Morphy's most instructive games and traced his life's journey in detail - from the discovery of the child prodigy to his early death.
The result is a very vivid insight into a highly interesting part of chess history, which has certainly not deserved to fall into oblivion.
Englische Übersetzung des Titels "Schachphänomen Paul Morphy"
013 Morphy in the opinion of later chess authorities
014 The unsurpassed master of Open Games
017 Departure for Europe
019 The first chess prodigy
024 Time of maturity
027 Paul Morphy - the best American player
050 Challenge to Staunton
056 Staunton recognized Morphy's genius
067 Baptism of fire in the chess metropolis
067 Match with Löwenthal
081 Handicap-match with Owen
081 He came, he didn't see and he conquered
083 Morphy in Paris
090 They'lI be pretty surprised
098 Exhibition match in blindfold play
100 Victory over Anderssen - unofficial World Champion
118 Fairness and devotion
119 A new chess era in the offing
123 Harrwitz avoids a revanche match
125 Au revoir, Paris
128 Hero of the New World
130 I'm not a professional
133 Ex-World Champion Euwe comments
136 Morphy comments
138 Morphy and the evolution of chess
140 Final combinations in Morphy's style
149 Survey of Morphy's tournament- and matchgames