What I like most about reviewing Paul Morphy’s chess games is that moment in the game when he does something that appears amazingly counterintuitive, like, for instance, not protecting one of the major pieces from being taken, just as an example. You’d think most players in that situation would do whatever it takes to protect such a piece, instead of just giving it away for seemingly nothing in return. I look for that incongruous moment in a Morphy game, and am often pleasantly surprised when it happens, and it’s often the turning point in the game, even though it looks to be on the surface a grave error by this chess mastermind. Instead, he is putting into place an imaginative attack.
- Paul Morphy
Published by Henry Barnard
I am a voracious reader and also enjoy writing. I often have a very different point of view than the popular one. I do see value in debate, and thought it might add to the public debate on controversial issues if I were to express my contrarian opinions. I also started keeping my poems recently (I've written little pieces my whole adult life but never kept any); and I've been a photographer now for over 25 years. So I will be adding an occasional poem and hopefully interesting photograph to the blog along the way, just to spice things up. View all posts by Henry Barnard