A Lesson in Rook Lifts || 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
Morphy - Loewenthal (1858), London ENG, rd 10, Aug-??
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ed5 ed5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Bd6 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 c6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 Bg4 10. h3 Bf3 11. Qf3 Nbd7 12. Bf5 Qc7 13. Rae1 Rae8 14. Re3 Bf4 15. Re2 Re2 16. Ne2 Bd6 17. Bd7 Nd7 18. Ng3 Re8 19. Nf5 Nf8 20. Bg3 Bg3 21. fg3 Re4 22. c3 Nh7 23. h4 h5 24. c4 Nf6 25. Ng7 Ng4 26. Nh5 Rd4 27. Nf6 Nf6 28. Qf6 Rc4 29. Rf5 Rg4 30. Re5 Qc8 31. Re7 Qf8 32. Qe5 Qg7 33. Re8 Kh7 34. Qh5
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  1. Jim Hoey

    Jim HoeyΠριν 3 ώρες

    Any comment on the Queens Gambit series on Netflix? They reference Morphy, was glad to see, but doesnt focus much on the actual moves of the game. Im still enjoying it tho...

  2. hitzaz8

    hitzaz8Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Or ... Rook to h8, pick up the Queen at 12:31

  3. chari Muvilla

    chari MuvillaΠριν 21 ημέρα

    Ah yes doubled pawns in front of the king. Good ol alphazero

  4. Howard Wang

    Howard WangΠριν 25 ημέρες

    That shirt though...

  5. kvtassel

    kvtasselΠριν 26 ημέρες

    At the end where the scenario is kings and paws only, I'd swear it looks good for black. I don't get that.

  6. kvtassel

    kvtasselΠριν 26 ημέρες

    At 10:10 why not bring the black pond down from F7 to F6?

  7. kvtassel

    kvtasselΠριν 26 ημέρες

    ok I used a chess board editor. Morphy would be up a rook.

  8. Mati1111

    Mati1111Πριν 27 ημέρες

    10:13 f5 goes brrr

  9. Jakki Hessing

    Jakki HessingΠριν μήνα

    after Qh6 blocking check you wouldn't pick up the rook. you would play RH8+ and win the Queen.

  10. kenneth hasel

    kenneth haselΠριν μήνα

    Why do chess masters resign games ? Why not just go out on your shield?

  11. Richard Hunter

    Richard HunterΠριν μήνα

    I've always had a problem with nice rook lifts so I'm very grateful for this lesson.

  12. kkg T

    kkg TΠριν μήνα

    Thanks for rook lift tips.

  13. Snehil Narahari

    Snehil NarahariΠριν μήνα

    @agadmator I believe in last position Rh8+, Kxh8, Qxh6+ wins the queen for white. Better than picking up the rook.

  14. Carlos Giudice

    Carlos GiudiceΠριν μήνα

    Love this tutorial videos!!!!

  15. the sniper

    the sniperΠριν μήνα

    last move qxr is inaccurate the move should have been rh8+ it either wins the q or makes qxq mate

  16. saturdaycity

    saturdaycityΠριν μήνα

    6:22 - why not knight to d4??

  17. Mr Winds&Reeds

    Mr Winds&ReedsΠριν μήνα

    12 31...after queen blocks check why can't we play rh8+ and win the queen instead of capturing the rook?

  18. Ankur Malik

    Ankur MalikΠριν μήνα

    12:32 wouldn't it be better for white to play Rh8 check and win the black queen?

  19. Oliver Angermüller

    Oliver AngermüllerΠριν μήνα

    Today I learned that the Knight belongs on the open file 😀

  20. Nabendu Mitra

    Nabendu MitraΠριν μήνα

    Not Qxg4 it will be Rh8 winning the queen

  21. Srini V

    Srini VΠριν μήνα

    grlifes.info/number/1qKWfI2nqMzco9M/b-nteo

  22. Matt Kretchmar

    Matt KretchmarΠριν μήνα

    I think you should say instead "and this position will never be reached again" --- using your time machine to verify.

  23. Peli Mies

    Peli MiesΠριν μήνα

    Thanks for the lift-analysis!

  24. ekta mehta

    ekta mehtaΠριν μήνα

    After re4 white could have played nd6

  25. MarcusAurelius

    MarcusAureliusΠριν μήνα

    9:58 Literally unplayable.

  26. DirteJoe

    DirteJoeΠριν μήνα

    At the end of the game when Morphy played Qh5+ and Lowenthal had to play Qh6 to block, instead of playing Qxg4, he could’ve played Rh8+. King would’ve had to go either Kxh8 or Kg7, either of which would win the queen for Morphy.

  27. Blaecc Cuebbler

    Blaecc CuebblerΠριν μήνα

    Who is the person top right?

  28. Glenn Lees

    Glenn LeesΠριν μήνα

    Will you ever award Morphy a Morphy head?

  29. John Tracey

    John TraceyΠριν μήνα

    To strengthen the reason for saying “.. this position has never been reached again” would be the fact that you know that it hasn’t in today’s database, whereas if you were alive at the time of the game you would have more information on local pro games and perhaps that position had actually been reached but we just don’t have that information now. I love the way you cover the old games, just as instructive as todays 👍

  30. sadiq

    sadiqΠριν μήνα

    Poor Lowenthal😥

  31. Thomas from Denmark

    Thomas from DenmarkΠριν μήνα

    Nice video. How come you often reach down towards the floorbin your videos and says "sorry about that"? What are you doing?

  32. Hemlock Drinker

    Hemlock DrinkerΠριν μήνα

    10:13 How does White win the rook? Can't Black simply push the pawn, leaving the queen guarding the rook?

  33. JetsMetsCanes117

    JetsMetsCanes117Πριν μήνα

    In the final position wouldn't Rh8+ be better? The king would have to capture the rook and then you win the queen.

  34. Filltselep13

    Filltselep13Πριν μήνα

    In the end if you play rook to h8 you don't get a free queen?

  35. francismartinevans

    francismartinevansΠριν μήνα

    Agadmator... Could you do a little piece on 'Morphy Number'. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphy_number chicagochess.blogspot.com/2010/09/fun-with-morphy-numbers_21.html?m=1

  36. Wim P.

    Wim P.Πριν μήνα

    #suggestion Erwin l'Ami vs Fabiano Caruana in the german Bundesliga.

  37. KLUMZY_ 909

    KLUMZY_ 909Πριν μήνα

    i also agree with haven’t been reached again

  38. Lin Bao

    Lin BaoΠριν μήνα

    "Sorry about that''is tradition?

  39. niraj Chitte

    niraj ChitteΠριν μήνα

    By seeing your videos my game is improving day by day.... Great job bro...nice explanation...

  40. Ner0

    Ner0Πριν μήνα

    hey guys, do you mind telling me in which video Antonio mentions about sending him quotes to use over the board?

  41. Tochukwu TK

    Tochukwu TKΠριν μήνα

    10:11(time) Black still has f5?(he does not win rook immediately) though buh d position is shattered 4 him

  42. Suraj Koley

    Suraj KoleyΠριν μήνα

    That deliberately “sorry about that “ is really very annoying

  43. Taserlink

    TaserlinkΠριν μήνα

    @agadmator, at the end, isn’t Rh8 winning the queen a better move than taking the rook?

  44. Mashahid Nadirah

    Mashahid NadirahΠριν μήνα

    12:33 instead of Qxg4 I will lift my rook to h8 and win the Queen

  45. Harmik Doshi

    Harmik DoshiΠριν μήνα

    One more reason for resigning is rook h8+ kxh8 and black loses its queen

  46. therealrealvlad1

    therealrealvlad1Πριν μήνα

    how about "this is a completely old" position, for symmetry with "this is a completely new position"? :-)

  47. Kaden Kyllingstad

    Kaden KyllingstadΠριν μήνα

    rh8 wins the queen, so capturing on g4 would be a mistake

  48. Awlad Hossain

    Awlad HossainΠριν μήνα

    Lichess has changed there piece set color. I was using piece set like agadmator. But I am now so disappointed. They should have done "dark gray" colour instead of "dark black" for black pieces. Please do somthing agadmator. Request them to change this piece set. Please. Pure dark color is very irritating, I can't concentrate.

  49. GnuReligion

    GnuReligionΠριν μήνα

    @5:26 There is an interesting reason that P-G5 does not work to trap the W bishop, for Black (N-F5).

  50. Bob M

    Bob MΠριν μήνα

    Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe: all mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe.

  51. Bob M

    Bob MΠριν μήνα

    You can marry now

  52. Nikhil Singh

    Nikhil SinghΠριν μήνα

    Why don't u create chess teaching videos?

  53. Church Goin

    Church GoinΠριν μήνα

    Ok at 12:31 why capture the rook? Why not the immediate rook to h8? If rook to h8 king either moves and loses the queen or black king captures rook on h8 an Then white queen captures black queen on h6 with check... am I missing something to think that rook to h8 is a epic crushing move for white at 12:31??? Maybe I'm just greedy? Edit: it was after posting this I was scrolling through the comments and saw all the people commenting on the same move.. nice to know I wasn't the only one.. congratulations everyone we Are Improving by watching this channel..!! High five everyone from me to you!

  54. Knowledge of Chess

    Knowledge of ChessΠριν μήνα

    #KnowledgeofChess

  55. Tesomanjarvi

    TesomanjarviΠριν μήνα

    Keep these old games coming :D very fun

  56. Damon Dance

    Damon DanceΠριν μήνα

    I like how you say 'this position has never been reached again'. It seems more accurate. Also, you're the best

  57. Urmila Baori

    Urmila BaoriΠριν μήνα

    I think rh8 also wins here 12:31

  58. Nikhil Chehal

    Nikhil ChehalΠριν μήνα

    At last, positon where Lowenthal resigned Morphy can win the queen with Rh8+

  59. Nikhil

    NikhilΠριν μήνα

    12:32 Other than capturing the rook you can also play Rook h8 check. If king captures it then just capture the queen. If king moves to g7,then Queen captures queen is checkmate. I just saw it so I told guys. :)

  60. Facundo Calbo Leyes

    Facundo Calbo LeyesΠριν μήνα

    Hi! We really appreciate when you teach chess during your videos, especially if it is in a saga! Thanks!

  61. Arivazhagi Govindarajan

    Arivazhagi GovindarajanΠριν μήνα

    Agdamator i reached this position as black on 15th move buyvojly the difference is my opponent did not play for the open file.anf i won the game.

  62. Arivazhagi Govindarajan

    Arivazhagi GovindarajanΠριν μήνα

    No reply no problem

  63. Arivazhagi Govindarajan

    Arivazhagi GovindarajanΠριν μήνα

    Someone like it

  64. trequor

    trequorΠριν μήνα

    Okay so I, as a native English speaker, agree with on using "This position has never been reached again" as opposed to your usual "A completely new game" when you describe historic games... however I am curious as to what you mean by "earthly"? That is not an expression that makes sense in English. I have to imagine that "earthly" translates to something in your native tongue.

  65. Ragini S

    Ragini SΠριν μήνα

    After watching your vedios now I am 1200 + rated in chess 😎😎

  66. Frank Gecko

    Frank GeckoΠριν μήνα

    Deep Morphy , it's so wonderful to see his amazing Gift of Chess Mastery, Knight to G7. There is something magical to his wizardry of the rook sacrifice.

  67. HKM

    HKMΠριν μήνα

    While Morphy was a genius, we shouldn't always attribute his rare mistakes to 'playing fast' or 'not caring' - occasionally even Morphy could just make a plain old mistake.

  68. CJ

    CJΠριν μήνα

    He was very prideful, though, and he did see himself as better than others. It wouldn't be crazy for him to be petty and intentionally try less/play lazily against people he considers worse than him.

  69. Arnav youtube

    Arnav youtubeΠριν μήνα

    Carlsen vs billgates

  70. KpCT

    KpCTΠριν μήνα

    "So here white plays g4, prevents black from playing f5, and the king pawn endgame is winning for white." -Radić, Antonio

  71. Ayush Lohumi

    Ayush LohumiΠριν μήνα

    Dude his voice is soothing I can watch chess videos on his channel everyday.

  72. Gonzalo Waszczuk

    Gonzalo WaszczukΠριν μήνα

    Losing 8-2? Ah, Löwenthal is having the Barcelona special, I see

  73. Chris Chardon

    Chris ChardonΠριν μήνα

    One day a computer will invent the Best Opening Ever and Agad will have to say, "And it is as of move 13 that this position has always been reached again."

  74. Chris I

    Chris IΠριν μήνα

    10:11 Black can play Qb6 with check, then next move Qxb2 defending the rook. Am I missing something?

  75. Success Is the key

    Success Is the keyΠριν μήνα

    I hope the next big saga will be Alekhine because he's the one who popularized modern chess strategy, I want his great knowledge in modern chess strategy in rule independence,unlimited possibilities against Capablanca's classical chess where he mainly based on principle and rules, and his limited possibilities.

  76. Nicholas Brassard

    Nicholas BrassardΠριν μήνα

    12:31 more importantly, Rh8+ wins the queen. If Kxh8, Qxh6+ or if you don't capture and go Kg7, Qxh6#

  77. Ricky Manfy

    Ricky ManfyΠριν μήνα

    * 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 *

  78. James Tickle

    James TickleΠριν μήνα

    Uplifting video

  79. The Gorn

    The GornΠριν μήνα

    Every second comment is like "Rh8 wins the queen!", but as Agadmator often says, "Morphy was an artist not a butcher.". He would often look for the cleverest ways to win, and not always go for the brutal obvious.

  80. Christian Veilleux

    Christian VeilleuxΠριν μήνα

    Agadmethor full mode from 3:28

  81. Andrea Bonaccorso

    Andrea BonaccorsoΠριν μήνα

    Actually in the last position instead of winning the rook u can win the queen by playing rook to h8 giving check and forcing him either capturing the rook or going to g7

  82. massContinuity

    massContinuityΠριν μήνα

    Correct me if I'm wrong but the point is that it is impossible to say at what point these 150 year old games were 'new', since adequate records from those days are difficult to find and I imagine many, many games were new at move 6 or 7 as theory was still in its infancy.

  83. Kevin Carr

    Kevin CarrΠριν μήνα

    For everybody wondering why Agadmator did not cover Rh8+ at the end, it's probably because Qxg4 is simply a better move. Black will have to trade queens immediately to avoid checkmate, and Rook vs. pawns is a much better endgame than Queen vs. Rook.

  84. identity theft is not a joke Jim

    identity theft is not a joke JimΠριν μήνα

    12:32, once the black queen blocks, you can go Rook H8 with check, if King takes, white Queen takes Queen, and if he moves to G7, then White Rook takes Queen 💀

  85. Elijah

    ElijahΠριν μήνα

    Does Morphy ever play something other than e4?

  86. The Gorn

    The GornΠριν μήνα

    It's no coincidence that Bobby Fischer was a big fan of Morphy. e4 bros

  87. Wild Albanian

    Wild AlbanianΠριν μήνα

    Morphy is a guy a friend I wish i had!! More of #morphysaga please.. hvala 😉

  88. TIME X 1234

    TIME X 1234Πριν μήνα

    Wow something to learn every day! Thanks agadmator!

  89. cougjimmy

    cougjimmyΠριν μήνα

    What do you always reach down for at the beginning of many of your videos?

  90. William Gowan

    William GowanΠριν μήνα

    Love the Morphy Saga. The good stuffs rocks.

  91. Rayan Estephan

    Rayan EstephanΠριν μήνα

    Thanks for the rook lift info💪you should throw in more tips like these in your videos. Amazing work keep it up man❤

  92. Domonero7

    Domonero7Πριν μήνα

    3:40 Agad should make a video decked out in 1858 clothing & background stylized of the era for Halloween then he can say “we have a completely new game” so it would make perfect sense & it would also shut up the people who don’t like the “never been reached again” phrase lol

  93. InkPaw

    InkPawΠριν μήνα

    I wonder if during the middle âge people where playing chess, the interesting game that we will never ear or.

  94. Arjun Gangadharan

    Arjun GangadharanΠριν μήνα

    Why does he always say "sorry about that" in the beginning of every video? Am i missing something?

  95. Alex Harris

    Alex HarrisΠριν μήνα

    I don’t like the sound of Morphy as a person, from what I’ve read of him, it sounds like he was a cocky douche who just sailed through life, he squandered his talent and lived off his inheritance until he died... Shame there were no chess players around at the time smart enough to teach him a lesson and make him eat humble pie. Lowenthal is just shit. At least now with Magnus he gets a run for his money by many other players in all time formats, so he’s earned his right to be cocky!

  96. The Gorn

    The GornΠριν μήνα

    You don't understand Morphy at all. He was the ultimate gentleman, always agreeing to play other people on their terms. He didn't "squander his talent". Chess was not considered an honorable profession. He decided to pull his weight so to speak and be a Lawyer but it was hard for him with the Civil War and him being a southerner, and the people who came through his door just wanted to talk and play chess. Also he had health issues and died at a relatively young age. Morphy was a good man.

  97. Muhammed Ali Inamdar

    Muhammed Ali InamdarΠριν μήνα

    10:11 doesn’t pushing f6 prevent the mate?

  98. Kevin K

    Kevin KΠριν μήνα

    12:32 but you can capture the queen if rock to h8

  99. James Moran

    James MoranΠριν μήνα

    12:30, even better than Qxg4 is Rh8, winning the queen.

  100. Ishan Dhawan

    Ishan DhawanΠριν μήνα

    12:33 rh8+ is a stronger idea, picking up the queen

  101. Tye Warren

    Tye WarrenΠριν μήνα

    Also, after 34. Qh5+ Qh6, Morphy had 35. Rh8+ winning the queen. Just thought I'd throw that in there.

  102. panda4247

    panda4247Πριν μήνα

    For some reason I thought the chess manga will be about Capablanca or something like that; not a post-apocalyptic scifi. Well, let's wait a few more days and get into it

  103. panda4247

    panda4247Πριν μήνα

    I suffer the same fate. Spend a few minutes thinking about a plan, and then get distracted and play the 2nd move completely different

  104. Neocortex

    NeocortexΠριν μήνα

    I think it's better if you say "as of move x, it is a completely unique game" or "no other game in the database reached this position". The way you're saying it makes it sound like it was reached often before; or, for newer games, it was reached after that.

  105. Sorgrum

    SorgrumΠριν μήνα

    "It's like he completely forgot what was happening." I wonder if the long time formats maybe had something to do with this.

  106. Meno homo

    Meno homoΠριν μήνα

    Take a look at SO vs MVL game 2 on chess24's banter blitz cup. Insane stuff until the end. #suggestion