Free Rook? I Think Not! || Meek vs Morphy (1857)

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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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Alexander Beaufort Meek vs Paul Morphy
1st American Chess Congress (1857), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Oct-13
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 d6 6. b4 Bb6 7. a4 a6 8. Bc4 Be6 9. Be6 fe6 10. O-O O-O 11. Ng5 Qe7 12. Kh1 h6 13. Nh3 d5 14. Ba3 Nd8 15. b5 Bc5 16. Bb2 de4 17. d4 ed4 18. cd4 Bd6 19. Nc3 ab5 20. ab5 Nf7 21. Qe2 Qd7 22. Ne4 Ne4 23. Qe4 Qb5 24. Rab1 Qd5 25. Qg4 Ra4 26. Nf4 Qe4 27. Bc1 Bf4 28. Bf4 Rd4 29. Qh3 Qf4

Materials used in research:
Paul Morphy: Pride and Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson
The Genious Of Paul Morphy by Chris Ward

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