This Happens To All of Us || Morphy vs Löwenthal (1858)

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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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Paul Morphy vs Johann Jacob Loewenthal
"Tonight, Let it be Lowenthal" (game of the day May-21-2009)
Morphy - Loewenthal (1858), London ENG, rd 8, Jul-30
Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41)
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Nd4 e5 5. Nc6 bc6 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. O-O d5 8. ed5 cd5 9. Bb5 Bd7 10. Bd7 Qd7 11. Re1 Bd6 12. Nc3 e4 13. Bg5 Ng4 14. Qd5 Bh2 15. Kh1 Qd5 16. Nd5 O-O 17. f3 ef3 18. gf3 Ne5 19. Re3 f6 20. Kh2 Rad8 21. Re5 fg5 22. Kg3 h6 23. c4 Rf7 24. Rae1 Kf8 25. c5 g6 26. c6 Rc8 27. c7 Rcc7 28. Re8 Kg7 29. Nc7
Materials used in research:
Paul Morphy: Pride and Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson
The Genius Of Paul Morphy by Chris Ward
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  1. agadmator's Chess Channel

    agadmator's Chess ChannelΠριν 29 ημέρες

    GRlifes trolling me again with 360p. Give it a minute or two and hit that F5 :)

  2. Buraas

    BuraasΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Ufff, never go f5 early.

  3. Aaron Christopher

    Aaron ChristopherΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Is the PGN correct?

  4. Friedrich Wilhelm

    Friedrich WilhelmΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Antonio you have to do it all the time to meet you at the verge of total count on me and I will be more than anything else to do it at least one other person is strictly forbidden to be with you tomorrow if that is not available for remote playback

  5. Stabgan Music

    Stabgan MusicΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Prophylactic move

  6. Tank

    TankΠριν 29 ημέρες

    can you do magnus carlsen vs jugit polgar in 2014?

  7. Zachariah Weiss

    Zachariah WeissΠριν ημέρα

    At 3:35 why couldn’t the h7 pawn go h5? Wouldn’t that be a good defense?

  8. PP1969GR

    PP1969GRΠριν 11 ημέρες

    3:35 Why not h7-h5 ??

  9. dr pankaj Patil

    dr pankaj PatilΠριν 17 ημέρες

    Great choice of videos for saga,instead of choosing games where Morphy sacrifices everything and wons like wizard,such thematic games carry higher weightage as far as understanding of chess is concerned

  10. Young Dan Kee

    Young Dan KeeΠριν 17 ημέρες

    I’m not sure if he realizes how funny he is sometimes 😂

  11. Young Dan Kee

    Young Dan KeeΠριν 17 ημέρες

    “So what happens here if you capture the pawn? Well, you just get annihilated” 😂😂😂


    SPARROW EDITZΠριν 22 ημέρες

    5:41 why didn't he captured the rook first

  13. Hasina Acter

    Hasina ActerΠριν 20 ημέρες

    Here is why : If White plays Rxd8+ then Qxd8. After Bxc5, it seems white just won a bishop.BUT DOES HE?? because black has Qd1+ .You can't block the check (Unless you wanna give up the queen) So white would have to play Kf2 (only move). After this black plays Qxc2+ and yes the c5 Bishop is lost . Difference is, Black also gets a pawn. It is a surprise I figured it out without using an engine.Hats off to me😎😎

  14. Azhar Shaikh

    Azhar ShaikhΠριν 22 ημέρες

    Ohh freak, this end game was an easy in 2020 but the opening and middle game is awesome of these games

  15. Mark McKelvy

    Mark McKelvyΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Why at 5:20 do you move the room back. Why not sac the bishop and take the pawn at H6?

  16. Julien CORNELIS

    Julien CORNELISΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Best intro ever

  17. Vivek Mohan

    Vivek MohanΠριν 25 ημέρες

    No No We like this Saga

  18. Srini V

    Srini VΠριν 26 ημέρες

  19. Mudassar

    MudassarΠριν 26 ημέρες

    How are you able to pronounce every name flawlessly ?

  20. Vishal Patil

    Vishal PatilΠριν 26 ημέρες

    Dogs keep barking and Lion stands alone like a king. 😊 Just ignore the dogs!!!

  21. Dominik Bednář

    Dominik BednářΠριν 26 ημέρες

    Actually, I really liked this game as i really enjoy the king&pawn endgame, thanks for the videos

  22. Umut Berk

    Umut BerkΠριν 27 ημέρες

    At 5:41 morphy didn’t take the rook because he loses a pawn at the end of the variation.Rxd8 Qxd8 Bxc5 Qd1 Kf2 Qxc2 Kf1 and Qxc5 winning back the bishop and up a pawn.

  23. Siim-Silver Sepp

    Siim-Silver SeppΠριν 25 ημέρες

    Thank you, this bugged me hard until you explained it!

  24. Brieen

    BrieenΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Morphy raged and threw irl

  25. Julie 91

    Julie 91Πριν 27 ημέρες

    Morphy seems to have problems with endgame (either lack of patience or maybe not so good with long positional struggles). Most of the games I saw him lose were engame grinds

  26. Nicholas Anonymous

    Nicholas AnonymousΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Morphy is the goat

  27. carpet man

    carpet manΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Why didn't white play d3 takes d8 at 5:41? The queen must capture and you get a free bishop because it is now undefended.

  28. Sudhanshu Goyal

    Sudhanshu GoyalΠριν 27 ημέρες


  29. shabd sthapak

    shabd sthapakΠριν 27 ημέρες

    5:41 what if R×d8+ Q×d8 and only then B×c5?

  30. Shailesh Rana

    Shailesh RanaΠριν 27 ημέρες

    I found the b3 move, you congratulated me by mistake, sir

  31. Ken Brown

    Ken BrownΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Thanks for posting this game , it REALLY helps me !!!!

  32. Linden Hile

    Linden HileΠριν 27 ημέρες

    Strange to see Morphy blow the endgame twice in the span of ~15 moves

  33. Per Lofgren

    Per LofgrenΠριν 27 ημέρες

    About the Capa quote; What did he know about losing chessgames, he is probably talking about some other board or cardgame

  34. Swapnil pupulwad

    Swapnil pupulwadΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Loved the game

  35. Ricky Manfy

    Ricky ManfyΠριν 28 ημέρες

    * you find your wife with a black man comin back home early * Antonio: of course this is a terrible blunder, white here loses immediately feel free to pause the video and sorry 'bout dat *sounds of capture capture *

  36. Check Mate!

    Check Mate!Πριν 28 ημέρες

    Murphy one of the greatest

  37. kurzackd

    kurzackdΠριν 28 ημέρες

    protip: Morphy threw this game on purpose so that he could make the match more exciting. ;)

  38. Aggelos Sfyris

    Aggelos SfyrisΠριν 28 ημέρες

    5:45 instead of trading why not Bxh6

  39. shschesschamp

    shschesschampΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Every chess player is mortal. Sure Morphy was a powerhouse in positional play and tactics, but he had his flaws in the endgame as you can see.

  40. sadiq

    sadiqΠριν 28 ημέρες

    V nice game

  41. fglebre

    fglebreΠριν 28 ημέρες

    "This Happens To All of Us" ?? Really?? Not to me !!

  42. Leon Hannemann

    Leon HannemannΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Couldn’t Morphy ein the Bishop on c5 with Rxd8+ and if the queen takes back Morphy just captures the bishop...

  43. Remember Redox

    Remember RedoxΠριν 28 ημέρες

    5:45 Morphy missed Rxd8+?? Wtf???

  44. Sam Reeves

    Sam ReevesΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Can you make a video showcasing some more of "the long opposition" of kings?

  45. Rampapa Rampapa

    Rampapa RampapaΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Agadmator drops the library and bar bomb again.

  46. Wafic Labban

    Wafic LabbanΠριν 28 ημέρες

    5:44 why not Rxd8?

  47. Chirag Parsoya

    Chirag ParsoyaΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Make a video on karjakin v Kraminik 2019 king salman World blitz rapid champions#Suggestion

  48. Double Die

    Double DieΠριν 28 ημέρες

    5:44 cant u just capture the rook and then the bishop?

  49. Jonathan Phillips

    Jonathan PhillipsΠριν 28 ημέρες

    thank you for showing us this game!

  50. George Kanavos

    George KanavosΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I am really happy to see your progress and evolution throughout the years. You are doing an excellent job and you deserve everything you have achieved. Keep up with the good stuff! :)

  51. Stjepan Dorić

    Stjepan DorićΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Even tho Morphy lost, this game expanded our "vast" knowlegde of endgame.

  52. Ramon Bannister

    Ramon BannisterΠριν 28 ημέρες

    The funny part is that there is actually a bar in a library that I know of. It's the main Boston public library. They renovated it at least a year ago. I was there once last year and noticed from afar a bunch of people in the middle of the day enjoying alcoholic drinks in the bar. They were all dressed like they were at the Royal Ball in London. It was obviously and unfortunately for upper-class or rich people, complete w/ a couple well-dressed hosts (in bow ties) manning the door. Not my type of place...Heck, bars in general aren't my type of place.

  53. HornetGamer

    HornetGamerΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Some of the greatest games of all time are ones a non-titled player can appreciate and watch over and over, and yet find relatively little in there that they're able to actually take into their own games, because the ideas were so brilliant and so situational that the odds of being able to replicate the winning principle are slim. This, whilst decent, some might describe as forgettable. But it's very instructive.

  54. Dimitar Dimovski

    Dimitar DimovskiΠριν 28 ημέρες

    So at 5:43 if rook takes on d8 isn't that crushing because the queen would be forced to take and then the bishop on c5 hangs ?

  55. Farjad Babaee

    Farjad BabaeeΠριν 28 ημέρες

    But it's always good stuff!

  56. A A.R

    A A.RΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Im here because of jetlag warriors 😆

  57. Evan Murphy

    Evan MurphyΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Watching this chess game from the 1850s got me wondering what is the oldest known chess game recorded ?

  58. Matty Man

    Matty ManΠριν 28 ημέρες

    At 5:45, why didn't Morphy take the rook on D8 and force check, forcing the queen to take and then picking up the bishop afterward??????

  59. manu 1945

    manu 1945Πριν 28 ημέρες

    playing chess with a few pieces is more difficult that playing with all the battery in place. You can recover with the later. only a kings and pawns, there is not recovery .

  60. John Goodall

    John GoodallΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Higher quality conversations.

  61. Yevhen Kushnir

    Yevhen KushnirΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41) 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 What?!

  62. Garry Sekelli

    Garry SekelliΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Wow Saint Paulus Morphinus made a mistake in the endgame.

  63. St Nu

    St NuΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Sorry about that.

  64. Gunner Johnson

    Gunner JohnsonΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Good stuff! I learned sth: "Opposition in the endgame.." Never herd of it. I shoild proly google it. But I don't think I won't. It's funnier just to play like shaliraliralla.

  65. hc greier

    hc greierΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Good Example. Seems to me that Morphy wasn't that great at 'boring' positions. I mean, Morphy sure was a genius at tactical games, but it seems he was a bit more 'normal' grandmaster in such endgames. To have chances against him one had to trade off all the pieces and wait what happens. Just joking... As this was a normal game with enough time to calculate, he had to see that b3 isn't winning. Who made that famous quote that a pawn move couldn't be taken back? ;)

  66. Kanał

    KanałΠριν 28 ημέρες

    PGN is wrong... :(

  67. C J

    C JΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Agad literally doesn’t miss maybe even the perfect GRlifesr?

  68. English Chess Videos

    English Chess VideosΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Best of agamator's funny moments -

  69. Lachlan Holt

    Lachlan HoltΠριν 28 ημέρες

    5:41 Why did morphy not go Rd8 capture before trading bishops? It would check, forcing the queen to capture and allow a free bishop capture afterwards? King could try to move to f7 or h7 , but Qg6 would be mate, so the queen would need to capture and move away from defending the bishop. Am I missing something?

  70. Sari Khalil

    Sari KhalilΠριν 28 ημέρες

    5:42 why not rxd8+? and win the bishop then

  71. Ömer FİDANGENÇ

    Ömer FİDANGENÇΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Capablanca’s quote spoils the game.

  72. santhosh 2069

    santhosh 2069Πριν 28 ημέρες

    Doesn't rook d3 takes rook on d8 at 05:42 win a bishop?

  73. NAKA 2800

    NAKA 2800Πριν 28 ημέρες

    5:41 what if Rxd8+ ? It wins a piece

  74. Rahul Srinivas

    Rahul SrinivasΠριν 28 ημέρες

    #suggestion can you cover some of the nice games from the Fischer-Spassky rematch in 1992?

  75. Gaurav Kakra

    Gaurav KakraΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Where's your dog ?

  76. Afrazur Rahman

    Afrazur RahmanΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Carlsen→> Kim jong un Fabiano→> Putin

  77. Augusto

    AugustoΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Löwenthal vs Joseph Smith

  78. HKM

    HKMΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Morphy generally played with great accuracy, so I think we can forgive him his little mishaps like this one. Tbh, even today's Super GMs all have more than a few games where they throw away a hard-to-see winning position by making crucial moves in the wrong order.

  79. Gm Pillo

    Gm PilloΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Kasparov has blundered pieces and Kramnik allowed a mate in one

  80. Keshav Sharma

    Keshav SharmaΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Really like the way you explain things , it's not just about the match but special insight on what a beginner must know , e.g. these pawn pushing in this game.

  81. Groink1

    Groink1Πριν 28 ημέρες

    Ah yes, the classic Philidor Defense with 1. e4 c5

  82. rkrmtest

    rkrmtestΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Phew! This shows the quality of end game!

  83. Crazy Insane Chess Player

    Crazy Insane Chess PlayerΠριν 28 ημέρες

    At 5:46 can't Morphy trade rooks on d8 and grab the bishop for free?

  84. cekaem81

    cekaem81Πριν 28 ημέρες

    I never know if Antonio makes a joke or if he's serious when he says about chess conversation with friends in the pub or the library ;).

  85. ShadeIs

    ShadeIsΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Sadge morphy...

  86. Draugh39

    Draugh39Πριν 28 ημέρες

    >" They avoid grabbing the pawn.... unless they are i are like *Tomas Wilson Barnes...* " Love it!

  87. Cammy Smith

    Cammy SmithΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Very instructive end game!

  88. Pier Paolo Poli

    Pier Paolo PoliΠριν 28 ημέρες

    After hundreds of videos, I was finally able to perceive the meaning of the initial soundcheck at 0:35, probably due to the echo of the sound of the pawn! :)

  89. Chandler Bing

    Chandler BingΠριν 28 ημέρες

    This lowenthal dude is just gonna lose

  90. Sebastian Rex

    Sebastian RexΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Biggest mistake in chess is underestimating your opponent and agad don't care about all those comments I love all the games you show

  91. fjooke

    fjookeΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Что такое снюс фест

  92. Arnav youtube

    Arnav youtubeΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Magnus vs billgates

  93. Arnav youtube

    Arnav youtubeΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Magnus. Carlsen vs billgates

  94. Stone Skull

    Stone SkullΠριν 28 ημέρες

    excellent game. thank you for bringing this classic to life for us. i especially love these games when it comes down to 1 tempo.

  95. Rahul Khanduri

    Rahul KhanduriΠριν 28 ημέρες

    5:45, too bad, you didn't show qxc2 after king f2, winning a pawn

  96. Crazy Genius

    Crazy GeniusΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Why is the pgn again wrong?

  97. Ahmed Meeran

    Ahmed MeeranΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I'll definitely mention this game to my friends at the bar and the library ! especially the wrong pawn push

  98. Turnips

    TurnipsΠριν 28 ημέρες

    It also reminds us that Morphy can also make mistakes.

  99. Ashoka Manoban

    Ashoka ManobanΠριν 28 ημέρες

    5:46What happens if Morphy went Rxd8+?

  100. Giorgio 84

    Giorgio 84Πριν 28 ημέρες

    After white wins the bishop, black has Qd1+, Kf2, Qc2+ forking king and bishop, and black wins bishop back and is up a pawn.

  101. davevaebutuoy

    davevaebutuoyΠριν 28 ημέρες

    The reason Morphy didn't play the king-pawn endgame properly was because it was the first time he ever let an opponent get him to a king-pawn endgame and he didn't know what to do!

  102. Edwin Omar

    Edwin OmarΠριν 28 ημέρες

    before watching your videos i liked chess but after watching your videos ive develop a crazy obsession for chess, i cant stop playing. everytime i watch your videos i learn stuff i didnt know and it makes me wanna play chess even more.

  103. droceretik

    droceretikΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Not showing losses even from the greatest players ever is a distortion of reality and dishonest. Many people are guilty of hero worship where they cannot believe that their idols are fallible. Chess players are human and by that very nature are not perfect.

  104. SV Alangudi

    SV AlangudiΠριν 28 ημέρες

    complicated yet simple chess is. or rather looks simple yet complicated... then followed 'sorry about that'! :) it looked so natural flow!!

  105. check mate

    check mateΠριν 28 ημέρες

    I f rxd8 with check white will win the bishop

  106. Karan Ram

    Karan RamΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Triangulation Party 😁

  107. Tate Tadeng

    Tate TadengΠριν 28 ημέρες

    Evendo many grandmaster opened GRlifes channel... I always prefer this channel... The best👍👍👌👌

  108. Subhodeep Biswas

    Subhodeep BiswasΠριν 28 ημέρες

    You are a good comedian for sure, but you should really start playnig chess. :)

  109. Lil Uzi Vert

    Lil Uzi VertΠριν 28 ημέρες