Morphy is considered to be one of the best chess players of all time,
when considering how he dominated his time period.
in New Orleans in 1837 he took the Chess World by storm much life
Fischer did. Like Fischer, he travelled to Europe to compete with
the greatest European masters of chess, defeating every one of his
opponents. Shortly after establishing his dominance in chess, Morphy,
like Fischer, completely stopped playng.
is often referred to as “the pride and sorrow of chess.”
Although he was widely recognized as the best player in the world,
he retired at the peek of his powers before he was officially recognized
as world champion.
Fischer considered himself a rebirth of Paul Morphy’s spirit,
and it is amazing the similarities between the two. Both were American
in a time of European dominance in chess. Both would make huge explosions
on the scene and then go to Europe to beat the Europeans at their
own game. And both would mysteriously disappear out of the chess
Paul Morphy had an active professional chess career of only two
years. In this time he played countless brilliant chess games that
are still looked upon with awe today. He gave up chess in order
to pursue a life as a doctor. He was never happy in his new life
and died unhappy as a recluse.