He Tried to Embarrass Paul Morphy

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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 Jabez Carr
Blindfold simul, 8b (1858) (blindfold), Birmingham ENG, Aug-27
Carr Defense: General (B00)
1. e4 Notes by J. Lowenthal 1... h6 2. d4 a5 3. Bd3 b6 4. Ne2 e6 5. O-O Ba6 This series of unusual moves was no doubt adopted with the view of embarrasing the blindfold player, in place of which it served to allow him to bring out his pieces and secure victory in a shorter space of time. 6. c4 Nf6 7. e5 Nh7 8. f4 Be7 9. Ng3 d5 10. Qg4 O-O 11. Nh5 g5 12. fg5 hg5 Black has indeed placed himself in a deplorable condition in vainly attempting to puzzle his antagonist. 13. Bh7 Nf6+ would also have led to a speedy termination. 13... Kh8 14. Nf6 dc4 15. Bc2 Qd4 16. Qd4 Bc5 17. Qc5 bc5 18. Bg5 Nc6 19. Rf3 Threatening mate in two moves. 19... Kg7 20. Bh6 Kh6 21. Rh3 Kg5 22. Rh5 Kf4 23. Kf2 Terminating the game in masterly style, and giving it an interest, from the nature of the opening, which we had not looked.
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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 5 ημέρες

    Sorry about the music. Someone subscribed to my Twitch channel and the interface picked it up lol

  2. Ionut Luchian

    Ionut LuchianΠριν ημέρα

    @Dermot I hadn't been able to find it! Thank you so much!

  3. Dermot

    DermotΠριν ημέρα

    @Ionut Luchian Purple Hat - Sofi Tukker but I assume you've found it :)

  4. Dermot

    DermotΠριν ημέρα

    Purple hat is a baller tune

  5. Rick Ellis

    Rick EllisΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Get it fixed

  6. Hamid Khan

    Hamid KhanΠριν 3 ημέρες

    I thought you made a new piece for "congratulations"

  7. Clorox Bleach

    Clorox BleachΠριν ώρα

    If I played Morphy in my beginning years, he'd also probably think I tried to embarrass him, but no. That's how I start ny games back then; with the a and h pawns since I wanna bring the rooks out early lmao.

  8. Shiv Singh

    Shiv SinghΠριν ώρα

    At 5:30 I thought my phone started music itself

  9. kirkstable

    kirkstableΠριν 13 ώρες

    Why did he resign the game?

  10. david king

    david kingΠριν 15 ώρες

    To all Chess players......Please don't be "that person". Thanks.

  11. Ghannawy Ghannawy

    Ghannawy GhannawyΠριν 17 ώρες

    Hello Agadmator, At 4:57 when the queen captured on h7 with check and the black king moved to g8, what if white captured on f6 with the pawn not with rook, I think it is checkmate faster than yours and Morphy one.

  12. وجدي نصرالله

    وجدي نصراللهΠριν 19 ώρες

    God bless u.none will like chess any more cuz it includes draw.contrary to reallity ♡

  13. Katarzyna Lampart

    Katarzyna LampartΠριν 23 ώρες

    5:01 why cant queen capture rook?

  14. Watteau66

    Watteau66Πριν ημέρα

    ha ha I thought the music was to show how badass the moves were or something LOL

  15. Ashutosh Dubey

    Ashutosh DubeyΠριν ημέρα

    What is he sorry about at 01:14 ?

  16. Dimitris Koliopoulos

    Dimitris KoliopoulosΠριν ημέρα

    -You could prolong the game and be annoying but Jabez Carr is not that kind of person. -plays 1...h6 against Morphy

  17. First Last

    First LastΠριν ημέρα

    Has there ever been a game won by Hoodie Guy?

  18. Manny Sainz

    Manny SainzΠριν ημέρα

    Wow you r so close to a million subs nice

  19. justin ball

    justin ballΠριν 2 ημέρες

    I'm sure Agad looks very pretty in that yellow dress he has hanging in the backround.

  20. Kamogelo Mabea

    Kamogelo MabeaΠριν 2 ημέρες

    This was the only time i paused the video to check whether the sound comes from the video or it was an opened tab. Other than that I always enjoy the show😂😂😂

  21. Captain Virgil

    Captain VirgilΠριν 2 ημέρες

    An anagram for his name is Crab jar ez, hence the crab opening

  22. Steven DimISiano

    Steven DimISianoΠριν 2 ημέρες

    #agadmator's Harley to 5G

  23. William Andrés

    William AndrésΠριν 2 ημέρες

    5:29 I wasn't expecting that at all LOL I thought it was my browser or something.

  24. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν 2 ημέρες

    No fooling Morphy!

  25. New PowerUp

    New PowerUpΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Am I the only one who cant watch Agadmator cos of his "ehh"s every 2 second`?

  26. Prasad G

    Prasad GΠριν 3 ημέρες

    I thought that music is for celebrating checkmate 😂

  27. Ausaf Ahmad

    Ausaf AhmadΠριν 3 ημέρες

    8:36 White's King starts walking up the board : Black's king : ARE YOU APPROACHING ME?! White : I can't checkmate you without getting closer. Black : Ho! Then come as close as you like. Also, I resign gg

  28. Ausaf Ahmad

    Ausaf AhmadΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Black's King starts walking down the board.....

  29. Stephen Doty

    Stephen DotyΠριν 3 ημέρες

    I think Morphy had the best head for chess, I think. Back when people didn't take chess seriously, Morphy included. It wasn't a profession then. Could Magnus or Fischer play this blindfolded? I doubt it.

  30. iexist sometimes

    iexist sometimesΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Great video, I'm from leamington and for fun English reasons it's pronounced "lem" rather than "leem"

  31. Sugat Machale

    Sugat MachaleΠριν 3 ημέρες

    How does one play blindfolded? I don't understand. Are you allowed to at least know the notation of the moves played? Or do you go around touching the pieces on the board?

  32. iasonas stathis

    iasonas stathisΠριν 3 ημέρες

    5:23 wouldn't the rook just moving out of the way of the bishop without taking the pawn just be checkmate with one less move?

  33. Mikael Fischer

    Mikael FischerΠριν 3 ημέρες


  34. manish singh

    manish singhΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Paul morphy played in which years

  35. Asonze Great

    Asonze GreatΠριν 3 ημέρες

    When will we start a garry kasporov saga

  36. Hans Moeller

    Hans MoellerΠριν 3 ημέρες

    In some of Agadmator's excellent videos we see a dog in the background, and it reminds me of an old joke: A man is sitting in a café playing chess with his dog. Another man enters and begin to watch the game. "Excuse me sir, but that is really a remarkable dog you have!" he says after having watched some time. "Oh," says the owner: "Why do think so?" "But, it can play chess!!" replies the man. "Well I don't know," says the owner: "I win four games out of five."

  37. GCSU MAT

    GCSU MATΠριν 3 ημέρες

    You are the best at this - love your videos. Helpful, historically cool, and really well explained. Really appreciate these.

  38. Stay Positive

    Stay PositiveΠριν 3 ημέρες

    The timing of that music couldn't be worse! hahaha

  39. RickieRickRack

    RickieRickRackΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Fools mate.

  40. 2019inuyasha

    2019inuyashaΠριν 3 ημέρες

    this is not checkmate next turn because of Rg8 and black survives to the next move...LOL

  41. Terracotta Pie

    Terracotta PieΠριν 3 ημέρες

    You should always play random music when someone is about to be checkmated

  42. DrFatnutzz

    DrFatnutzzΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Lol I love Purple hat. Was very confused for a minute. Great game and video. Thank you for sharing this with us

  43. Josh Muz

    Josh MuzΠριν 3 ημέρες

    He played blindfolded??

  44. Steve Brown

    Steve BrownΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Morphy looks different in every photo. He's impossible to understand.

  45. D Dosier

    D DosierΠριν 4 ημέρες

    To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game -- Savielly Tartakover grlifes.info/number/laG7oqucqt3ey9c/b-nteo

  46. Ritik Kumar

    Ritik KumarΠριν 4 ημέρες

    When the music started playing Me: Sorry about that incoming Agad: King, Ah ,Queen captures

  47. Jahiz Khan

    Jahiz KhanΠριν 4 ημέρες

    I don’t mean to offend anyone, but am I the only one who is really getting bored of this saga? Like we get it, they didn’t know how to play back then. Please cover the Karpov-Kasparov WC matches agad :(

  48. Koushik

    KoushikΠριν 4 ημέρες

    1:13 Thank me later

  49. tomschrauwen

    tomschrauwenΠριν 4 ημέρες

    honestly i don't think it is a weird idea at all. If i were playing someone who's blindfolded i don't think it would be a bad idea to play weird moves to create an unconventional position. Obviously it didn't work out, but there's a good chance he would have also lost and maybe even had worse chances had he played a normal game.

  50. Emmett Niles

    Emmett NilesΠριν 4 ημέρες

    The beginning of the confusion begins now. Lol

  51. chunkz1187

    chunkz1187Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Does someone call out the movements of blacks pieces for Morphy in these games?

  52. Gerzon Marin

    Gerzon MarinΠριν 4 ημέρες

    I am sorry to confess that I am “that person.”

  53. James D, writer of Fahrenheit 1984

    James D, writer of Fahrenheit 1984Πριν 4 ημέρες

    "sorry about that" agadmator 2021

  54. GyrosHunter

    GyrosHunterΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Yes, I am that person.

  55. susanta sutradhar

    susanta sutradharΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Shit things! Why subtitle showing on the board.

  56. Kineahora

    KineahoraΠριν 4 ημέρες

    I think that name looks more like it shld be pronounced “Kar”-was he Croatian?🤣

  57. Erik Benson

    Erik BensonΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Chess.com has a Daily Puzzle that’s mate in 2. I missed it. Meanwhile Morphy plays blindfolded and finds mate in 7-9.

  58. Даниил Разыков

    Даниил РазыковΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Bishop: stands on d3 Agadmator: bishop b6

  59. python3467

    python3467Πριν 4 ημέρες

    To those of you who are 'that person', stop it. You're not impressing anyone. And you're making Agad do extra work.

  60. rocchirodrigo

    rocchirodrigoΠριν 4 ημέρες

    I think we all missed the hoodie guy, he who has the burden to loose all the games to give us memorable masterpieces!

  61. Nate Van Syke

    Nate Van SykeΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Hooded Agad is the best Agad

  62. Cipher e

    Cipher eΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Nearly had a stroke

  63. Michael Lacy

    Michael LacyΠριν 4 ημέρες

    "Confusing moves" have another name: "Bad moves." Imagine having a horrible opening named after you!

  64. t m

    t mΠριν 4 ημέρες

    is it really an agadmator video without that classic "sorry about that"?

  65. oriondx72

    oriondx72Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Morphy one of the greatest chess players of all time!

  66. Luigiツ

    LuigiツΠριν 4 ημέρες

    agadmator is now a gansta

  67. Elon Weintraub

    Elon WeintraubΠριν 4 ημέρες

    I think 1h6 is known as the Carr Defense, because no one else played it, ever.

  68. Milos Bojanovic

    Milos BojanovicΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Agadmator at 2055: Hello everyone, Back to old good stuff, Magnus saga 🤣

  69. Donnie Beeler

    Donnie BeelerΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Lol- High resolution John Rhodes

  70. Mike Bircher

    Mike BircherΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Thought we were about to see some ChessBrahs action when that music queued up.

  71. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 4 ημέρες

    What does "ChessBrahs" mean?

  72. Sudarshan Singh

    Sudarshan SinghΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Maybe Agad is making hoodie guy videos cuz he wants to wear a hoodie in these winters

  73. Benjamin Guitar

    Benjamin GuitarΠριν 4 ημέρες

    oh no....no music please...

  74. Michael Wright

    Michael WrightΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Why am I watching an intermediate player teach me to play chess?

  75. Davide Ventimiglia

    Davide VentimigliaΠριν 4 ημέρες

    alekhine's saga #suggestion

  76. Pranav Autade

    Pranav AutadeΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Unpopular opinion! i think the guy did his best coz he anyways wasnt gonna defeat morphy and it was smart of him to confuse morphy as he was playing a blind simul

  77. ubertoaster99

    ubertoaster99Πριν 5 ημέρες

    If it's the Leamington chess club, it's pronounced 'Lemmington', as in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemming

  78. Krishna Birla

    Krishna BirlaΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Music was good.

  79. ElEeEe

    ElEeEeΠριν 5 ημέρες

    #suggestion I found a video online, where Google Assistant plays Chess against Alexa. Here is the link: grlifes.info/number/p2DTjpzOhbe-wts/b-nteo It's pretty interesting, although a bit long.

  80. Al Depantchu

    Al DepantchuΠριν 5 ημέρες

    I lost all respect for Morphy when he missed mate in 8 and saw it in 9. What a chump.

  81. Emmett Niles

    Emmett NilesΠριν 4 ημέρες

    He didnt SEE it in 9, he was blindfolded.

  82. Lewis Tricker

    Lewis TrickerΠριν 5 ημέρες

    After playing a5, it was forced mate in 32.

  83. Robi

    RobiΠριν 5 ημέρες

    #suggestion Bobby Fischer vs Robert Eugene Byrne, 1963/1964 United States Chess Championship, New York

  84. bach sygegc

    bach sygegcΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Why on every video on the beginning of a game he says "sorry about that" and reaches underneath his table ? Did i miss something ?

  85. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 4 ημέρες

    It is a FAQ. See e.g. near _"Near the start of his videos"_ in: *en DOT wikipedia DOT org/w/index.php?title=Antonio_Radi%C4%87&oldid=978538274*

  86. Pranshu Ajmera

    Pranshu AjmeraΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Although it's a bullet game but can you make a video on this Mangus Carlsen's game, Agad? #suggestion t.co/QlZG7UoN9m

  87. Artur Slunga

    Artur SlungaΠριν 5 ημέρες

    I might be a chess genius.... my friends always say that I'm playing like I were blindfolded....

  88. David Gordon

    David GordonΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Ah, the half crab

  89. Brian Kleinschmidt

    Brian KleinschmidtΠριν 5 ημέρες

    "If you wanna be that person." Well, not anymore.

  90. Brian Kleinschmidt

    Brian KleinschmidtΠριν 4 ημέρες

    @Peter Mortensen That is precisely what he said as he showed the rook sac to prolong the game. ". . .If you want to be 'that guy.' . . ." It was hilarious, because I am that guy - well I was that guy.

  91. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 4 ημέρες

    At 08:59 That is not what he actually said. You can edit your comment.

  92. Vance Bocas

    Vance BocasΠριν 5 ημέρες

    I had my bluetooth headphones on and I was thinking I was picking up my neighbor's system. XD

  93. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 4 ημέρες

    At 05:29

  94. Uday Tej Singh

    Uday Tej SinghΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Day 10 of asking why Agad doesn't do photo challenges anymore?

  95. Mathias 90

    Mathias 90Πριν 5 ημέρες

    I paused the video when music starts, because i thinking where the music comes.. lol

  96. Peter S

    Peter SΠριν 5 ημέρες

    “Vainly trying to puzzle his antagonist”.. super sentence! More heady than used these days :-)

  97. Basil Glew-Galloway

    Basil Glew-GallowayΠριν 5 ημέρες

    If Agadmator doesn't start a video by saying 'sorry about that' and leaning down to his right I feel empty inside.

  98. Nick Rees

    Nick ReesΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Just a note on pronunciation - as I know you are meticulous in your attention to detail - Leamington is pronounced LEM-ington. Just one of those quirky Anglicisms. It also goes by the names ‘Leamington Spa” or even “Royal Leamington Spa”. Not many British place names get to prefix themselves with the word “ Royal” but a few get that honour.

  99. Marlon Morales

    Marlon MoralesΠριν 5 ημέρες

    why not pawn takes f6 4:48, would it be much faster?

  100. Safe Tex

    Safe TexΠριν 5 ημέρες

    I'm not sure if it would have be faster but Morphy did play this move a few moves later but after taking the black knight first. It's one of those moves that you can wait with as everything Morphy did came with tempo

  101. Searge12

    Searge12Πριν 5 ημέρες


  102. Sydney Sheldon

    Sydney SheldonΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Isn't it weird how chess.com gave morphy bot a rating of 2500, its a disgrace

  103. Sydney Sheldon

    Sydney SheldonΠριν 4 ημέρες

    The morphy bot is a computer on chess.com which is programmed. To play like morphy but has an elo of a 2500 only, so you are telling me he was just equal to an IM name one IM who plays like morphy, if he was in this era he would easily be a 2800+

  104. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 4 ημέρες

    What is "morphy bot"?

  105. Hero Ace

    Hero AceΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Agadmayor look like the guy morphy played

  106. Moe Lester

    Moe LesterΠριν 5 ημέρες

    grlifes.info/number/sonCnouzi8Saps8/b-nteo this is the best thing I've seen today

  107. Bibo 622002

    Bibo 622002Πριν 5 ημέρες

    "and if you really wanna be that person" lol

  108. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 4 ημέρες

    At 08:59

  109. Archit Saha

    Archit SahaΠριν 5 ημέρες

    #suggestion jakovenko vs cheparinov 2008

  110. Harikrishna B Nambiar

    Harikrishna B NambiarΠριν 5 ημέρες

    "Sorry about that"


    FOLLOW YOUΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Morphy on fire

  112. Benlahcene BENZARA TAHAR

    Benlahcene BENZARA TAHARΠριν 5 ημέρες

    You can pause the video for a moment to check wether it's the source of the music or not!

  113. Dev Isnomiac

    Dev IsnomiacΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Me : offers king sacrifice in every game Morphy : now that's confusing

  114. DuctTapedHearty

    DuctTapedHeartyΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Jabez is the definition of me when I was starting chess, I just started moving random pieces .-.

  115. Ivan Nadenka

    Ivan NadenkaΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Only in Agadmator's chess one has the ability to find forced checkmate of 8 moves in just 2 secs.. while the grandmasters out there struggle with that little clock.. ! Its because we (agadmators subscribers) can pause the time without being in a black hole.