How To Slay a Giant? || Löwenthal vs Morphy (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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Johann Jacob Loewenthal vs Paul Morphy
London (1859), London ENG, Apr-13
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. d4 ed4 9. cd4 Bb6 10. Bg5 Bb7 11. Nc3 Ne7 12. Re1 h6 13. Bh4 g5 14. Bg3 Kf8 15. Qd3 c5 16. e5 de5 17. Be5 Kg7 18. Ne4 Be4 19. Qe4 Ng6 20. Qb7 Ra7 21. Qc6 c4 22. Bc2 Bc7 23. Rad1 Qe7 24. Bg6 Kg6 25. d5 Be5 26. Ne5 Kg7 27. Ng6 Qd8 28. Nh8 Kh8 29. d6 Kg7 30. a4 Rd7 31. ab5 ab5 32. Qb5 Rd6 33. Rd6 Qd6 34. Qc4 h5 35. h3 Nd7 36. Re3 Ne5 37. Re5 Qe5 38. Qc3...
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. CoverDrive 007

    CoverDrive 007Πριν ημέρα

    King G7 is the one i played immediately and Morphy plays it too..but it doesn't work? Fck!

  2. Sean Yang

    Sean YangΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Take a shot every time agadmator says interesting 😆

  3. enthros

    enthrosΠριν 8 ημέρες

    excellent, thanks Agad

  4. napoearth

    napoearthΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Is F.M. Edge the name Yoda used while in hiding?

  5. chunkz1187

    chunkz1187Πριν 9 ημέρες

    How does he know if a move has ever been done again?

  6. MateyJerryBoy

    MateyJerryBoyΠριν μήνα

    5:18. is it really? If bishop takes both knights, it will fork both the king and the queen at the end. White will win 2 knights, queen and the pawn later on, while black only gets a queen and a bishop. Morphy played the correct move there, defending the knight.

  7. حامد موسو

    حامد موسوΠριν μήνα

    King morphy👑

  8. Amit Manjarly

    Amit ManjarlyΠριν μήνα

    Wouldn't it be fun if you did a blindfold game stream! Against anyone you choose. 🤔

  9. Tanya J

    Tanya JΠριν μήνα

    Johann Jacob Lowenthal won the game!

  10. Hagen Scholz

    Hagen ScholzΠριν μήνα

    outsanding move. agadmator knows his memes.

  11. N330AA

    N330AAΠριν 2 μήνες

    When this game was played it took 1 week to travel from New Orleans (Morphy's home town) to NYC and then 6 weeks to cross the Atlantic to London. Pretty nuts.

  12. Tav Ferry

    Tav FerryΠριν 2 μήνες

    Now that 'The Queen's Gambit' came out and is popular worldwide, maybe we'll get more cool chess related movies/shows. I'd love to see a mini series based on Morphy's life.

  13. Zahary Nussbaum

    Zahary NussbaumΠριν 2 μήνες

    At the end of the game...i know it doesn't actually help but f7p to f6 to protect the queen...ugh i love chess but im not great. Why does this end game get crushed? (ugh you played it out...why doesn't protecting the black queen right away and forcing white to make the next move...whats the next move.)

  14. Johnny Pastrana

    Johnny PastranaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Good for Johann...tough to beat old Morphy. He is sneaky...

  15. GrandMoffTarkin'sTeaDispensermatic2000Patented

    GrandMoffTarkin'sTeaDispensermatic2000PatentedΠριν 2 μήνες

    Staunton summoned Lowenthal Lowenthal used salt

  16. Peli Mies

    Peli MiesΠριν 2 μήνες

    It’s like Die Hard 4 - just goes on and on and on...

  17. weakbrainthrombosis

    weakbrainthrombosisΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy has looked somewhat mortal in the last few games.

  18. Jie Mileng

    Jie MilengΠριν 2 μήνες

    This was the fastest time I ever spotted the pause the video moment. The queen pin was surely visible

  19. Stats Journal

    Stats JournalΠριν 2 μήνες

    Greatest Chess Players Ranking

  20. Damo Hanson

    Damo HansonΠριν 2 μήνες

    Thanks for showing a Morphy loss. There weren’t many of them. So many parallels to Fischer.

  21. Bhavadas Purushothaman

    Bhavadas PurushothamanΠριν 2 μήνες

    To defeat was a Himalayan Task. We have to give a good applause to Loventhal

  22. Manasha T

    Manasha TΠριν 2 μήνες

    Is the game over because the player made what is considered an illegal move and place themselves into checj

  23. Manasha T

    Manasha TΠριν 2 μήνες

    Question if an opponent king is under pressure and the player moves his king into check or move a piece that blocks an attack that places the king in check is the game over

  24. Ryan Flanagan

    Ryan FlanaganΠριν 2 μήνες

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  25. squealer

    squealerΠριν 2 μήνες

    I solved the not real pause the video moment!

  26. Isaac

    IsaacΠριν 2 μήνες

    "You can safely resign"

  27. Rovenzoo

    RovenzooΠριν 2 μήνες

    3:06 Staunton?

  28. bruce davis

    bruce davisΠριν 2 μήνες

    another type of game as in slaying a giant is Reshevsky vs. Capablanca, 1935

  29. Nam NguyenMai

    Nam NguyenMaiΠριν 2 μήνες

    This video ends in 1093 seconds!

  30. Oscar Black

    Oscar BlackΠριν 2 μήνες

    This shit is like crack for some people in the comments. Big respect to all the chess headz hustling out there hahah

  31. James Moskal

    James MoskalΠριν 2 μήνες

    Shouldn't the phrase be, "and here we have a completely new game, that has never been reached again."?

  32. Triệu PhiLong

    Triệu PhiLongΠριν 2 μήνες

    This video ends in 1094 seconds!

  33. David Comeau

    David ComeauΠριν 2 μήνες

    Qc3 gains the knight and the game is basically over

  34. ApolloNik

    ApolloNikΠριν 2 μήνες

    RE: the next part of the saga, Morphy needs his 8 gym badges before he can take on the Elite rival

  35. Rick L

    Rick LΠριν 2 μήνες

    Love this game! Finally got a spot the move correct!

  36. Marco Zanin

    Marco ZaninΠριν 2 μήνες

    Hi I'm writing this comment on behalf of all the people in your telegram group. We need a moderator, unfortunately it seems impossible to get in touch with you there so i need to write this request on the youtube comment section. Lately we have experienced issues with a couple of trolls and people who pretended to be IMs selling courses, so now the group (which still counts about 500 people) is dying and everyone has stopped writing (except for a troll who everyday sends pictures of naked asian girls -.- ) So please, could you open telegram just once and and make a couple of people admins of the chat? This way we could at least remove those trolls and maybe bring back a good chess-themed group (sorry if there are some mistakes but i'm not a native english speaker)

  37. Khelopedia

    KhelopediaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Who else watches agad's videos on 2x or 1.5 x speed.

  38. Yat Lee

    Yat LeeΠριν 2 μήνες

    Can you remake the ron weasly game in 1080p?

  39. Guidodom Desantis

    Guidodom DesantisΠριν 2 μήνες

    We need an admin on the telegram group

  40. Tony DiLucente

    Tony DiLucenteΠριν 2 μήνες

    Staunton ?!?

  41. Tommy. Bee. .

    Tommy. Bee. .Πριν 2 μήνες

    I am Anxiety. .

  42. Saturninus

    SaturninusΠριν 2 μήνες

    "I'll try the Morphy defense, that's a good trick."- Morphy

  43. michael hart

    michael hartΠριν 2 μήνες

    "Staunton's minions" lol. I bet the boy Barnes didn't think of himself that way.

  44. Martin Koch

    Martin KochΠριν 2 μήνες

    3:08 is he playing staunton or löwenthal now?

  45. nirmal kumar das

    nirmal kumar dasΠριν 2 μήνες

    Barnes: Hello everyone! Owens: captures, captures Löwenthal: :D

  46. rkrmtest

    rkrmtestΠριν 2 μήνες

    Lowenthal's reply is just myself 😆😆😆 #SourGrapeCase

  47. Dalek

    DalekΠριν 2 μήνες

    I mean you could say that Löwenthal's judgement was impaired at times. The Queen to H8 move in the previous game hinted that Löwenthal wasn't playing his best chess, especially since he basically set up an immortal just a few games before that. My diagnosis: mercury poisoning impairing his judgement. A very common ailment during that time period.

  48. Randomnick123

    Randomnick123Πριν 2 μήνες

    12:55 I wasnt simple enough.. Was thinking Queen C3 first..

  49. Rishy p

    Rishy pΠριν 2 μήνες

    this was played in 1859 in london agad not in 1858

  50. Nagabhargav Ravella

    Nagabhargav RavellaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Agadmator if possible please try botvinik Vs tigran Petrosian 1963 chess championship.A suggestion to your next saga

  51. Ahmed Wahba

    Ahmed WahbaΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion Karjakin vs Samy Shoker (2016) : amazing attack by black with a crazy rook against world champion

  52. Joe DidIt

    Joe DidItΠριν 2 μήνες

    löwenthal was salty back in 1858 it really sounds like your average aggressive online player you only won cuz im chilling

  53. Dodo17

    Dodo17Πριν 2 μήνες

    Wow I found the move!!

  54. Joe DidIt

    Joe DidItΠριν 2 μήνες

    i get hungry when i watch agadmator i conditioned myself because i always put on some agadmator when im eating

  55. Jailet Jacob

    Jailet JacobΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy is the best 😀😀😀


    SRI KRIPAΠριν 2 μήνες

    Plz start Botvinik saga also

  57. newp gaston

    newp gastonΠριν 2 μήνες

    Saying "I played lesser moves because I didn't expect this or that" could work it it had been 1 game, but as he was getting destroyed all over the series; He should've stopped playing 'lesser moves', but he didn't. These 'lesser moves' were the best he got.

  58. K Venkat Krishna Rao

    K Venkat Krishna RaoΠριν 2 μήνες

    Agadmator: Congratulations to everyone if you played any move........(I was expecting "other than what Lowenthal played") Me: Here comes the worst move in the position again Me: Disappointed

  59. alahiri22

    alahiri22Πριν 2 μήνες

    Lowenthal gets a Morphy head :D

  60. vladp089

    vladp089Πριν 2 μήνες

    Antonio, just wanted to let you know, I had a very stressful day today. But when I heard your calm voice in the evening, I instantly felt better. Keep up the great work!

  61. Albert Chang

    Albert ChangΠριν 2 μήνες

    3:10 Howard Staunton?

  62. pabloalguibay

    pabloalguibayΠριν 2 μήνες

    At 13:56 in move 38 if black goes Kf6 instead of directly capturing white Queen, then if black queen captures white queen, after black Ke5 captures, it's much closer to b2 pawn and white king won't be able to prevent it winning that pawn. Isn't that enough to take away white's advantage?

  63. BustedEarly

    BustedEarlyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Dude use a new thumbnail

  64. Gary Tugan

    Gary TuganΠριν 2 μήνες

    Lowenthal sounds like a very sad sportsman if he can only make excuses for his losses. Too funny.

  65. Dima Zaitsev

    Dima ZaitsevΠριν 2 μήνες

    think its the first time morphy plays morphy defence, at least in this saga. i remember thinking "how come they call it morphy defence if he never plays it"

  66. mastrtonberry2

    mastrtonberry2Πριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy doesn't seem like he's all that good.

  67. David Anderson

    David AndersonΠριν 2 μήνες

    "Accept he must, but play, will he?" As Yoda-esque as one could ever hope for, F.M. Edge's words are.

  68. 白飯

    白飯Πριν 2 μήνες

    Löwenthal's attitude is because he was a son of a merchant.

  69. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν 2 μήνες

    Löwenthal did fairly well. Beating Morphy 3 times is still an accomplishment. Sad to hear he was a bad sport about it. I look forward to more Morphy saga!

  70. William Gowan

    William GowanΠριν 2 μήνες

    I like the Morphy saga. It’s what got me interested in your channel. Thank you.

  71. BrightNight88

    BrightNight88Πριν 2 μήνες

    Lowenthal: You only win because I play bad moves. Morphy: Rude!

  72. Wesley Bradshaw

    Wesley BradshawΠριν 2 μήνες

    Is F.M. Edge the inspiration for Yoda? lol. Also it's clear Lowenthal is the best of all time. The only reason for any of his losses is that he didn't play the best moves possible.

  73. S V

    S VΠριν 2 μήνες

    This was really enjoyable, I love those old games!

  74. Beerfish777

    Beerfish777Πριν 2 μήνες

    I assume in the next match Morphy will be flipping the bird.

  75. sneekmatrix

    sneekmatrixΠριν 2 μήνες

    Staunton? 😀

  76. sneekmatrix

    sneekmatrixΠριν 2 μήνες

    Lets hope lowenthal wins this one ☺🐰👍

  77. Lupo Zen

    Lupo ZenΠριν 2 μήνες

    mr agad are you bullish on bitcoin? Wondering if you kept the 1 BTC donation that you received or if you sold it that day :D

  78. Scott Nokes

    Scott NokesΠριν 2 μήνες

    Three wins against Morphy - probably the most talented chess master to ever play the game? Pretty darn good. But, of course, Lowenthal has to be Lowenthal, and not be a gentlemen in accepting defeat. I recently gave rook odds to a friend of mine, who plays pretty well, and it was a heck of a battle. Similar to this game, it came down to a passed pawn of mine that won the game. I congratulated my friend a a game very well played. He is just a novice, but played a wonderful game - an epic battle, and we enjoyed every minute of it. Our friendly wager of "loser buys lunch" was won by my friend. Even though he technically lost the game, he played far beyond his novice skills, and that is a clear victory.

  79. Owen Roberts

    Owen RobertsΠριν 2 μήνες

    Thank God for the good stuff

  80. Gniewomir Ciołek

    Gniewomir CiołekΠριν 2 μήνες

    Was Staunton even a chess player?

  81. yair kama

    yair kamaΠριν 2 μήνες

    05:14 sac the queen if pawn C4. Grab a rook and a knight for the queen and enjoy your position. If white is not carefull F6 with the bishop can be very strong.

  82. Bobby Fischer

    Bobby FischerΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion Nikolic vs Mamedyarov 2005 That is legendary game by Mamedyarov.

  83. Solomon Idokoko

    Solomon IdokokoΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow...thank you Agadmatto...this was sweet

  84. Chad Man

    Chad ManΠριν 2 μήνες

    i feel watching you narrate you paint a picture and i imagine each game is a different story being told. No two games feel exactly the same

  85. Daniel Andrade

    Daniel AndradeΠριν 2 μήνες

    I mean yes. Lowenthal lost because of his oversights, but a game ends in checkmate. Playing half a good game is worthless if you throw it into the trash in the other half. Unlike Lowenthal, when Morphy played half a good game, generally, he played half another good game immediately afterwards. That's why Morphy is better. I mean, losing that g6 pawn, really? Really Lowenthal????

  86. panda4247

    panda4247Πριν 2 μήνες

    "Accept, he must. But play, will he?" - Yoda

  87. shree jwnw

    shree jwnwΠριν 2 μήνες


  88. Brave New World 2

    Brave New World 2Πριν 2 μήνες

    Soar loser, our Johann........

  89. Tom Bailey

    Tom BaileyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Ugh! Terrible longish ads.

  90. Peter Day I Am

    Peter Day I AmΠριν 2 μήνες

    Great Morphy chapter, Agadmator. Thanks.

  91. Frank Gecko

    Frank GeckoΠριν 2 μήνες

    The only reason Morphy lost , was Lowenthal had a forced game. It happens.

  92. Kirk Mason

    Kirk MasonΠριν 2 μήνες

    Your in-depth analysis on Nxe4 is always helping understanding how far ahead you have to visualize in a game to become better.

  93. Ash Purohit

    Ash PurohitΠριν 2 μήνες

    Lowentell is a soar looser

  94. behzad

    behzadΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy goes for Morphy's defense" imagine that. Lol, I'm dying.

  95. Mark London

    Mark LondonΠριν 2 μήνες

    A time traveler bringing these two to 2020 to watch Antonio show their game would be epic! Hey dudes, this magic box shows a Croatian guy describe your game 150 years later to an audience of possibly half a million. We have machines that can beat every human on the planet, but we still want to see your games from the early days. Respect!

  96. saimon174666

    saimon174666Πριν 2 μήνες

    I wish this saga would never end.

  97. John Grey

    John GreyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Staunton played on Lowenthal's team? Or was he just an advisor?

  98. John Grey

    John GreyΠριν 2 μήνες

    3:05 "Let's see how Staunton deals with it."

  99. Armin Garmrudi

    Armin GarmrudiΠριν 2 μήνες

    all good things must come to an end

  100. Narren Sivasegaram

    Narren SivasegaramΠριν 2 μήνες

    3:04 Lowental Becomes Howard Staunton (Mouth Slip)

  101. Shashank Ram

    Shashank RamΠριν 2 μήνες Lowenthal morphs into Staunton

  102. Ευαγγελος Δεληπετρος

    Ευαγγελος ΔεληπετροςΠριν 2 μήνες

    I love your Saga