Paul Morphy’s Lonely Chess Knight

Highlighted is a game by the great Paul Morphy of New Orleans, Louisiana, who played an “odds” game in New York, USA in 1859 against Thomas Jefferson Bryan. How would Morphy, one of the best chess players ever, manage to quickly generate trouble with a lone knight? Can we still call Morphy’s opening choice the “Evan’s Gambit” when white is without the queen knight? 🙂 This video is from the “Aesthetic Chess Combinations” playlist at

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. O-O d6 7. d4 Bb6 8. de5 de5 9. Qb3 Qf6 10. Bb5 Be6 11. Qa4 Nge7 12. Bg5 Qg6 13. Be7 Ke7 14. Bc6 bc6 15. Ne5 Qf6 16. Nc6 Kf8 17. e5 Qg5 18. h4 Qg4 19. Qa3 Kg8 20. Ne7 Kf8 21. Ng6 Kg8 22. Qf8 Rf8 23. Ne7

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