11. Jan, 2019

A chess brilliancy

This chess game played in 1858 at an opera house in Paris between the American chess master Paul Morphy and two strong amateurs, the German noble Duke of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Comte Isouard, is among the most famous of chess games. Morphy's opponents often played badly, yet his aggressive and dynamic chess still seems almost perfect. Every move develops a piece, creates a threat or captures an enemy piece.

Whistle  How did Morphy end this game in the next 2 moves ?

Play  the game (annotated Chessbase)

Even top grandmasters can lose quickly if they do not develop their pieces. One example of many is a game between the young Magnus Carlsen (age 13) and Sergey Dolmatov — the World Junior Champion in 1978 and World Championship Candidate in 1991 — played in Moscow, 2004 at the 3rd Aeroflot Open.

Play   the game (annotated Chessbase)


Thumbs up  Website (feature film) - The Opera Game