Morphy's opponents often played badly, yet his aggressive and dynamic chess still seems almost perfect. The following game was played in at an opera house in Paris, in the Duke's private box, while they were ostensibly watching a live production! The Black Lion — an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense. Looking for an interesting, exciting, aggressive and flexible opening to play against 1 e4!? Then the Black Lion is just the opening for you!
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He is considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial World Chess Champion. Morphy was born in New Orleans to a wealthy and distinguished family. He learned to play chess by simply watching games between his father and uncle. His family soon recognized the boy's talent and encouraged him to play at family gatherings, and by the age of nine he was considered to be one of the best players in the city.
Paul Morphy Vs. The Consultants, 1858 – Beginner Chess Video
He was the son of a successful lawyer and judge Alonzo Morphy. His uncle, Ernest Morphy , claims that no one formally taught Morphy how to play chess, but rather that he learned the rules by observing games between himself and Alonzo. When Morphy was only 12 years old, Johann Jacob Loewenthal visited New Orleans and at the behest of his father, agreed to play a casual match with the prodigy.
Paul Morphy Later, he moved to Malaga, Spain. He changed his name to Morphy while living in Spain to accommodate to the Castilian pronunciation. The Morphy coat of arms is made up of a quarterly argent divided into four parts with a tincture of silver and gules colors — in this case, red with four lions interchanged in each quadrant.