Paul Morphy’s Games

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