You DARE Attack Me?? || Morphy vs Rhodes (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 John Rhodes
Blindfold simul, 8b (1858) (blindfold), Birmingham ENG, Aug-27
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)
1. e4 Notes by J. Lowenthal 1... e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. fe5 We consider 4 Bb5 to be also a good move at this juncture. 4... d5 The sacrifice of the Knight here is not advisable, as the variation appended will prove : 4...Nxe5 5 Nxe5 Qh4+ 6 g3 Qh4+ 7 qe2 Qxe4+ 8 d4 (Ng6+ though apparently a good move is not so; for after taking the rook the knight could not easily be liberated) Be7 9 Nf3 d6 10 Be3 Bg4 11 Nbd2 and we prefer the game of the first player. 5. ed5 Qd5 6. Nc3 Qd8 7. Ne4 Bb6 8. c3 Bg4 9. d4 Qd5 10. Nf2 Ne5 11. Qe2 It will be noticed that if White had instead played 11 dxe5, Black would have answered ...Bxf2+ and so obtained a decisive advantage. 11... Bf3 12. gf3 Qf3 When Mr. Rhodes sacrificed the piece, he no doubt thought that after moving ...Kf8 he could bring his queen's rook with grat effect to e8 or he would hardly have dared to give up so much to so formidable an opponent. 13. Qe5 Kf8 14. Be2 Qc6 15. Rg1 f6 16. Qg3 g6 17. Be3 Re8 18. Kd2 Ne7 19. Bd3 Qd7 20. Ng4 Nd5 21. Rae1 Ne3 22. Re3 Qf7 23. Nf6 Re3 24. Qe3 Qa2 25. Qe8 Kg7 26. Nh5 Kh6 27. Qe3 Kh5 28. Qg5#
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. I Solomon

    I SolomonΠριν ημέρα

    Saw agad in the hoodie and immediately scrolled down to what I knew would be a great comment section

  2. Wegnostyk

    WegnostykΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Burial coming out

  3. Fran Alarcón

    Fran AlarcónΠριν 9 ημέρες

    *S O Y E A H*

  4. Money Magnet

    Money MagnetΠριν 10 ημέρες

    The hoodie guy always has guts to put himself in these positions all the time

  5. Scruffy_ The_Scruff

    Scruffy_ The_ScruffΠριν 11 ημέρες

    John Rhodes is related to Lana Rhodes

  6. Brock Franklin

    Brock FranklinΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Is every player blindfolded or just Morphy?

  7. maxhi shorlek

    maxhi shorlekΠριν 11 ημέρες

    It took me 2 hours to find that second move

  8. NYCFenrir

    NYCFenrirΠριν 13 ημέρες

    At 4:53 why is the queen lost? Can't you put the bishop to b5 and check the black king and then pick up the black queen with even material?

  9. SaiVishruth

    SaiVishruthΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Hey, I think I found a few photos. Can you pick out the real person?

  10. Grise Works

    Grise WorksΠριν 13 ημέρες

    I dont know if this is the right rhodes but maybe just maybe

  11. Texas Buzzard

    Texas BuzzardΠριν 13 ημέρες

    6/5 stars. Awesome content bro

  12. Howard Sun

    Howard SunΠριν 13 ημέρες

    After 11 PxNe5 and 12 KxBf2, white does not lose the queen, so analysis is not correct. 12 ...QxQd1 13 Bb5+ and white wins back the queen. That said, it's unclear whether this line is actually good for white because black has 13 ...Bd7 and black wins back the piece. The game might continue 14 RxQ BxB and white is down a pawn but has more control of the center and an active rook on the open d file. Not clearly better for white but also not clearly worse.


    VINCENTΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Give Morphy a Morphy head for that performance.

  14. diego gomes

    diego gomesΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Briliant Morphy! Briliant game

  15. Murdock Kakudji

    Murdock KakudjiΠριν 14 ημέρες

    The second input pertinently ban because pocket spectacularly doubt circa a belligerent division. imaginary, scrawny blue

  16. Zandor

    ZandorΠριν 14 ημέρες

    If you want a picture of John Rhodes I can send you a picture of a guy named john in Rhodes

  17. Nick Chua

    Nick ChuaΠριν 14 ημέρες

    At 2:31 does Nf3 not trap the queen?

  18. william goss

    william gossΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Morphy being a bit Excellent. Thkz

  19. Giri Iyer

    Giri IyerΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Dear agad sir,pls bring back"sorry about that", bcoz without that the good stuff is simply not good enough.

  20. DearDoue

    DearDoueΠριν 15 ημέρες

    idk why but Burmingham really reminded me of that DannyG guy...

  21. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Rhodes went for a Mr. Barnes when he should have gone for a Mr. Morphy.

  22. Joey murdaz Alotmore

    Joey murdaz AlotmoreΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Dude ty for chess sake. Live from rotten apple. Brooklyn ny thanks n is appreciative of your works. Its great brother n brings smiles to 00s u dont see in view counts

  23. Keep it Simple

    Keep it SimpleΠριν 15 ημέρες

    with love please keep the pgn clean, i love to run it through lucas to follow along but that doesnt paste

  24. Jose Sanchez

    Jose SanchezΠριν 15 ημέρες

    after bishop captures on f2 then king captures f2 you only lose the queen temporarily because of bishop b5 check picks up the i right?

  25. Sahaj Singh

    Sahaj SinghΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Barnes 🤣

  26. BranwellHaworth

    BranwellHaworthΠριν 15 ημέρες

    John Rhodes may perhaps have been the uncle of Wilfred Rhodes, one of the greatest cricketers of all time, who played for Yorkshire and England. . I imagine that Peter Svidler might know!

  27. Scarface Pug

    Scarface PugΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Do a video on how to learn blind fold chess

  28. Kim Jong Un

    Kim Jong UnΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Gosh, I'm such a Paul Morphy fanboy. Thanks for the vids, keep up the good work Agadmator!

  29. GD Kaci

    GD KaciΠριν 15 ημέρες

    It is pity to see the black Queen fighting with pawns,while the black king was left to fight on its own.

  30. Antonio Bacic

    Antonio BacicΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Found the four-move checkmate :-)

  31. Simon L

    Simon LΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Refusing the f4 pawn in the King's Gambit? Most unsportsmanlike I must say.

  32. Daniel

    DanielΠριν 15 ημέρες

    The most challenging in playing blindfold simultaneous exhibitions is navigating between the tables.

  33. Smienz

    SmienzΠριν 15 ημέρες

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  34. Ryan Higgins

    Ryan HigginsΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Can someone mash together all of the simul games into one video?

  35. kai henderson

    kai hendersonΠριν 15 ημέρες


  36. sepehr jafari

    sepehr jafariΠριν 15 ημέρες

    56000 people to 1 million

  37. paddy7

    paddy7Πριν 15 ημέρες

    More Morphy Games

  38. Chris Pantel

    Chris PantelΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Don't pull a Mr. Barnes!!

  39. Andrzej oczkoś

    Andrzej oczkośΠριν 15 ημέρες

    I have no idea how youtube brought me here, but i don't regret.

  40. Vladimir Pavliv

    Vladimir PavlivΠριν 15 ημέρες

    i'm an excellent finder of forced checkmate in 4

  41. Robert Thomas

    Robert ThomasΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Great games

  42. Vikram Srinivasan

    Vikram SrinivasanΠριν 15 ημέρες

    John Rhodes captured knight and lost that's how a true warrior loses. He didn't block with pawn you see.

  43. luyando

    luyandoΠριν 15 ημέρες

    My country was colonized by Cecil John Rhoades💀😂

  44. d3edoc

    d3edocΠριν 15 ημέρες

    So you are the famous hood guy

  45. oh

    ohΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Didn't know even pornstars were god at chess, oh nvm that's the wrong Rhoades.

  46. Mike S

    Mike SΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Beautiful game.

  47. Johnny Blaze

    Johnny BlazeΠριν 15 ημέρες

    I think hoodie guy deserves a mr Barnes head...

  48. Osama Hesham

    Osama HeshamΠριν 15 ημέρες

    4:53 doesn't Pb5+ wins the queen ??


    SCA-06 ANUBHOB DEYΠριν 16 ημέρες

    You once said that you will show a game where Mr. Barnes and Morphy team up ...

  50. Young Dan Kee

    Young Dan KeeΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Murphy’s games are truly unreal. Not to mention, he did this blind-folded...

  51. Requinix17

    Requinix17Πριν 16 ημέρες

    You THINK you can take ME? DON'T FORGET ME. Yur dun.

  52. usman1600

    usman1600Πριν 16 ημέρες

    not sure if 1858 is Rhodes' FIDE rapid rating or the year this was played. either way decent attack against a GM

  53. Oleen Fernando

    Oleen FernandoΠριν 16 ημέρες

    How to Win against Paul Morphy: Never play him. Easy. Now I am undisputed.

  54. Anton Atienza

    Anton AtienzaΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Here is a reliable portrait of John Rhodes.

  55. pectorialis

    pectorialisΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Never go the full Barnes

  56. raven lord

    raven lordΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Plot Twist: John Rhodes was actually known for frequently wearing a black hoodie, especially while playing tournament games.

  57. Lupo Zen

    Lupo ZenΠριν 16 ημέρες

    8:57 I thought the move was Rxg6+. If captures with pawn, queen takes is checkmate . if king takes knight, rook takes b6 check wins back the piece and starts a king hunt. in fact no offense here morphy but i think my combination looks cooler

  58. I hate my life

    I hate my lifeΠριν 16 ημέρες

    2 months later. Thank god.

  59. Great White

    Great WhiteΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Uhhhh dude, you need to change the value of that 1 BTC lol

  60. Samtheman

    SamthemanΠριν 16 ημέρες

    I was hype that I solved mate in 4 until I remembered morphy did it with his eyes shut lol

  61. Odysseas Dano

    Odysseas DanoΠριν 16 ημέρες

    4:53 Bb5+?

  62. Mukesh Das

    Mukesh DasΠριν 16 ημέρες

    0:40 I acquire 173 day after day with *f u n d a i l y p a y*

  63. hossein mohammadi

    hossein mohammadiΠριν 16 ημέρες

    I have to say thanks because of your commentary style. It's great for not advanced chess player like me. 🤗

  64. Meliodas

    MeliodasΠριν 16 ημέρες


  65. Victor Solanas

    Victor SolanasΠριν 16 ημέρες

    I found the Yorkshire Chess History web,%20John.htm but no photo of John Rhodes. They have got a lot of information about players and, in some cases, photo. Maybe can help u for others players. Sorry.

  66. Chris Davis

    Chris DavisΠριν 16 ημέρες

    The quote above the board is hilarious

  67. Daniel Fladmose

    Daniel FladmoseΠριν 16 ημέρες

    In the end, instead of Nh5+, Rg6+ seems like a quicker win??

  68. jonobrow

    jonobrowΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Cool to find out Morphy played a Yorkshireman, and pleased to see he at least put up a good fight!

  69. Julio Borko

    Julio BorkoΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Can you show the game Paul Murphy played against Thomas shelby?

  70. HussainGamer

    HussainGamerΠριν 16 ημέρες

    1:45 I only have a photo/video of his great grand daughter Lana. Will that be sufficient agadmator?

  71. Kilimanjarno Arnsson

    Kilimanjarno ArnssonΠριν 16 ημέρες

    whoa!! I'm on a work computer that has no sound so I watched this with CC closed captioning. whoa! Watch the game with Agadmator on closed captioning.! Whoa, super exciting. This is awesome.

  72. Scorchin' Scooters

    Scorchin' ScootersΠριν 16 ημέρες

    The music that started when you moved towards the forced mate was good - how about 'another one bites the dust'?

  73. Haunting Haze

    Haunting HazeΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Морфи: мне показалось или ты быканул?

  74. Arnaldo Sandoval

    Arnaldo SandovalΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Medo got a toy pig, What is the idea here? Medo is not fat, just a mountain of muscles

  75. JRChilzz

    JRChilzzΠριν 16 ημέρες

    There is a portrait of John Rhodes in this History of American Chess documentary

  76. Gerald Montagna

    Gerald MontagnaΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Black queen to A2 was an awful move, taking away the only defense for a naked king.

  77. jokatech

    jokatechΠριν 16 ημέρες

    I had Ng7 as my first move. doesn't that lead to mate in 4 as well?

  78. Shashank Ram

    Shashank RamΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Waiting for the day where Hoodie guy plays like Mr. Barnes and wins instead.

  79. Mohammad

    MohammadΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Pls do more podcast :(

  80. Elias Lodin

    Elias LodinΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Please consider changing the titles of your videos to start with Agadmators Chess Channel and next whatever is in it. It is by far more easy to find them this way, a search engine tip for you. I like your videos. Stay safe

  81. Franz Z

    Franz ZΠριν 16 ημέρες

    The hoodie guy was just Barnes in disguise ;)

  82. Leo Leon

    Leo LeonΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Rhodes??? That sounds familiar

  83. A P

    A PΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Morphy was the world's best chess player.

  84. MrMelkorbaggins

    MrMelkorbagginsΠριν 16 ημέρες

    you cannot be the strongest player in your county when Morphy visits your county

  85. Toysrme

    ToysrmeΠριν 16 ημέρες

    gud stuuuuuuuufff!!!!

  86. Me Justme

    Me JustmeΠριν 16 ημέρες

    John Rhodes, also known as Cecil John Rhodes was the governor of the cape province.

  87. Khal Draco

    Khal DracoΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Timur Garayev is ridiculous

  88. Bojan Boskovic

    Bojan BoskovicΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Hold my four moves!

  89. Carl KHAWLY

    Carl KHAWLYΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Danish gambit game please!!!

  90. athul athul

    athul athulΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Malayaly undo game kannan

  91. You are correct I am wrong because I say

    You are correct I am wrong because I sayΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Morphy vs *-Lana-*

  92. Joseph Meltzer

    Joseph MeltzerΠριν 16 ημέρες

    @ 4:41 why doesn’t Qa4+ work?

  93. حامد موسو

    حامد موسوΠριν 16 ημέρες

    King morphy👑

  94. aaa aaa

    aaa aaaΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Dude your video is amazing no need to remake it in the event someone finds a picture of the dude, also I like the hoodie guy vibe

  95. whippy

    whippyΠριν 16 ημέρες

    fun fact agad is the hoodieman all along

  96. Agosto Ceilings

    Agosto CeilingsΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Murphy was trash

  97. BAT

    BATΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Barnes never die....

  98. Ahmed M A

    Ahmed M AΠριν 16 ημέρες

    Crazy position

  99. Mark Pompeo

    Mark PompeoΠριν 16 ημέρες

    4:30 As a King's Gambit player myself, this was one pause the video that I had no trouble with. I knew it had to be Qe2 straight away. It's a common theme in the King's Gambit that if black gets overzealous before castling then white can often play Qe2 and take advantage of a pin to punish Black's play. Qe2 is also sometimes needed to defend the light square bishop if been it's developed to c4.

  100. Akash Roy

    Akash RoyΠριν 16 ημέρες

    After a long time a game with no resign(a beautiful checkmate)