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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 Henry Edward Bird
Casual Game (1858), London ENG, Aug-??
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. d4 ed4 7. cd4 Bb6 8. O-O d6 9. d5 Na5 10. e5 Nc4 11. Qa4 Bd7 12. Qc4 de5 13. Ne5 Qf6 14. Nd7 Kd7 15. Qg4 Ke8 16. Bg5 Qg6 17. Nc3 Nf6 18. Rae1 Kf8 19. Qb4 Kg8 20. Bf6 Qf6 21. Ne4 Qg6 22. Kh1 h5 23. f4 h4 24. f5 Qh5 25. Rf4 f6 26. Nf6 gf6 27. Rg4 Qg4 28. Qg4 Kf8 29. Re6 Rh6 30. Qf4 Kg7 31. Re7

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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