Blindfold but SEES Everything! || Morphy vs Lyttelton || 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 George William Lyttelton
"Chicken Lyttelton" (game of the day Apr-12-2007)
Blindfold simul, 8b (1858) (blindfold), Birmingham ENG, Aug-27
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Kolisch Defense (C39)
1. e4 Notes by J. Lowenthal 1... e5 2. f4 ef4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 d6 A favorite defence with Kieseritsky; but one that, according to Janisch, renders the maintenance of the pawn an impossibility. 6. Ng4 Be7 7. d4 Bh4 This is a deviation from the ordinary line of defence, which is as follows: 8...Qg5 9 Qf3 Bg3 10 Nc3 Nf6 11 Bd2 Nf6 (or A) 12 Bb5 Bd7 13 Bxc6 bxc6 14 O-O-O and the game is even on (A) 11...Bd7 12 d5 Ng4 13 Qxg3 fxg3 14 Bxg5 gxf2+ 15 Kd2 f6 16 Be3 O-O 17 Be2 Nxe3 18 Kxe3 f5. 8. Nf2 Bf2 9. Kf2 Nf6 10. Nc3 Qe7 11. Bf4 Ne4 12. Ne4 Qe4 13. Bb5 Kf8 14. Bh6 Kg8 15. Rh5 Bf5 16. Qd2 Bg6 17. Re1
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. GrandMoffTarkin'sTeaDispensermatic2000Patented

    GrandMoffTarkin'sTeaDispensermatic2000PatentedΠριν 7 ημέρες

    Staunton final boss fight is approaching. For the moment Morphy faces his trusted minion Lyttelton, how will he fare? Watch and find out.

  2. michał botor

    michał botorΠριν 3 ημέρες

    dude even looks like a character from a comic book. ;p

  3. David Anderson

    David AndersonΠριν 6 ημέρες

    @73 GreyCat Because every time such a game was proposed, Morphy would postpone it by saying, "Hold my Falkbeer".

  4. Arpi MorFischer

    Arpi MorFischerΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Staunton boss fight haha. Let's see if Staunton walks the talk....I have my doubts though.

  5. Arpi MorFischer

    Arpi MorFischerΠριν 6 ημέρες

    @73 GreyCat Because he was a wooz...just like Staunton

  6. 1346 Prem

    1346 PremΠριν 7 ημέρες

    @agadmator's Chess Channel me too. Haha

  7. Ayman Miri

    Ayman MiriΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Isn't the game still playable? Queen takes Rook then whatever white plays you can take the other Rook and now you have 2 Rooks for a Queen.

  8. Miroslav Štola

    Miroslav ŠtolaΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Seriously? Blindfolded simultaneous 8 games? That is insane bordering impossible.

  9. Leandro Souza

    Leandro SouzaΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Morphi o rei do xadrex

  10. Flavian Kibunyi

    Flavian KibunyiΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Almost a million subs!

  11. Honor Truth

    Honor TruthΠριν 4 ημέρες

    No small wonder that Morphy went nuts.

  12. Raymond Li

    Raymond LiΠριν 4 ημέρες

    "Hello everyone welcome back to the good stuff we're continuing with the morphine saga..."

  13. Mark Mark

    Mark MarkΠριν 5 ημέρες

    i am sure Lyttleton never said 'ok' once in his life...although maybe morphy did :)

  14. Gurbinder Sekhon

    Gurbinder SekhonΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Hey Antonio please cover the games of Anand and Dreev

  15. Marco van Bergen

    Marco van BergenΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Lyttelton looks like Neil Young.

  16. paul kerr

    paul kerrΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Loving these thanks

  17. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Lyttelton put up a good fight but was very much out=classed.

  18. Oliver

    OliverΠριν 5 ημέρες

    I love that portrait of Lyttelton, looks like quite a character, wish Agad had said something about.

  19. kev4241

    kev4241Πριν 5 ημέρες

    didn't someone say that blindfold simuls were bad for the sanity

  20. ravenous ol

    ravenous olΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Morphy is the greatest player of all time in chess!!!

  21. Sagar Wagle

    Sagar WagleΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Is 1BTC 9.5k ?Isn't it in 40k ? I guess the Top mystery donation is from Elon Musk

  22. Raghuveer Dubagunta

    Raghuveer DubaguntaΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Good old days when the strongest player in the world played the King's Gambit.

  23. Daniel Gontar

    Daniel GontarΠριν 5 ημέρες

    One thing I have noticed is that his blindfold games seem better than his non-blindfold games.

  24. Andrew Makaveli

    Andrew MakaveliΠριν 5 ημέρες

    The fact he wanted to face the 8 strongest players while blindfolded and some refused just sold me on him being the best chess player ever.

  25. Luke Sims-Jenkins

    Luke Sims-JenkinsΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Staunton seems like a gigantic wimp

  26. David Hahn

    David HahnΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Anyone else burst out laughing when he said “juicy e4 pawn”

  27. Theo Pärsson

    Theo PärssonΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Thank you agadmator, thank you for helping us increase out vast knowledge, you are an exellent person i hope you found this comment. I did enjoy the show!

  28. trv5

    trv5Πριν 5 ημέρες

    I feel like this is a sober version of Drunk History.

  29. TM

    TMΠριν 5 ημέρες

    Very beautiful game

  30. Aadhi Nathan

    Aadhi NathanΠριν 5 ημέρες

    My opponent: captures a pawn Me: I am not that person who prolongs checkmate hence I resign.

  31. Presing Izdavaštvo

    Presing IzdavaštvoΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Why is there a portrait of Billy Bob Thornton as Lyttelton?

  32. Alex Moye

    Alex MoyeΠριν 6 ημέρες

    “And morphy just laughed at his face.”

  33. Vivek Mohan

    Vivek MohanΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Morphy was Unimaginable

  34. Arber Numani

    Arber NumaniΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Is anybody else in love with agad’s personallity ?

  35. Jack Alexander

    Jack AlexanderΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Hi I’ve only just subscribed after watching for a couple of years (my bad), I’m wondering if you could explain why I can appreciate the brilliance in these games but when I’m playing I can’t fathom such attacks or strategy?? Is it just because you are so good at explaining?!

  36. DunkCSA

    DunkCSAΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Staunton - ....I will play you at the beginning of November. Morphy - Ok, I'm down with that. Best line in a chess video ever

  37. Markiese Hershkovitz

    Markiese HershkovitzΠριν 6 ημέρες

    This is a Beautiful King's Gambit by Morphy

  38. Arindam Mishra

    Arindam MishraΠριν 6 ημέρες

    🙄Skipped 4mins🙄

  39. scottmuck

    scottmuckΠριν 6 ημέρες

    “I’m down with that.” - Morphy

  40. Snowman 1217

    Snowman 1217Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Has anyone told you that u look like Sam Smith

  41. MARCME3

    MARCME3Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Even though Im just a casual chess player, agad makes chess content so beautiful to watch

  42. Indrajeet Patil

    Indrajeet PatilΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Petrosian vs. Spassky World Championship Game #6 - Petrosian's Immortal #suggestion

  43. veerooz

    veeroozΠριν 6 ημέρες


  44. Konstantin Chernikov

    Konstantin ChernikovΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Do you still have the BTC? Because if you kept it, is a bit more now

  45. Frank Gecko

    Frank GeckoΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Staunton Staunton to Morphy, ""I dream about Magnus v. Morphy,"

  46. Bruno Machado

    Bruno MachadoΠριν 6 ημέρες

    So top level chess in the early days was populated by s bunch of puss1es

  47. Cryptic IZX

    Cryptic IZXΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Just a few days till 1million.

  48. Meraxes Rex

    Meraxes RexΠριν 6 ημέρες

    what a mess!

  49. FormostPanda

    FormostPandaΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Sixty years ago, when I was a sprout, I use to play blindfold against my friends. I had taped a board up on my bedroom ceiling to help me visualize. That was actually pretty easy. But being able to play multiple boards against not too shabby opponents is awe inspiring.


    RUDRA NARAYANΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Where is nihal's game for brilliance...#askagadmator

  51. Jomonger

    JomongerΠριν 6 ημέρες

    What does #2992 mean??

  52. Brad Howard

    Brad HowardΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Not directly at his face

  53. Johnny Blaze

    Johnny BlazeΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Would you mind posting games from Staunton, please? I’d like to see how formidable he is

  54. mark caywood

    mark caywoodΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Lyttelton looks like Neil Young’s great grandfather.

  55. Storm Shadow

    Storm ShadowΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Morphy is using an engine !

  56. David Anderson

    David AndersonΠριν 6 ημέρες

    4:05 "In those days, where the art of defense was literally nonexistent, aside from players like Mister Barnes, of course..." I scrolled through a lot of comments expecting to find even one person besides me who caught this.

  57. Logan Darling

    Logan DarlingΠριν 6 ημέρες

    #suggestion So some dude by the name of Darius Benson made a video called “when a rapper plays chess”. He’s not known for chess at all, often makes raps about random stuff, and he made a rap about a chess game he played. He went through every move, and I would absolutely enjoy listening to you analyze this game, as he seemed to play surprisingly well to me (although im not sure lol).


    JILL VAGHANIΠριν 6 ημέρες

    hello everyone. I am just curious. why not in the end position just capture the rook with queen with check queen takes n u take the other rook. two rooks against a queen is better

  59. Srini V

    Srini VΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I played a nice game on lichess #suggestion

  60. aequitas8

    aequitas8Πριν 6 ημέρες

    I’m semi-new to chess slang and I honestly thought he played blindfolded...

  61. aequitas8

    aequitas8Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Oh ok. It sounded he was in the other room or something. Impressive none the less.

  62. Super Nukey

    Super NukeyΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I'm pretty sure he did

  63. Justin Gallant

    Justin GallantΠριν 6 ημέρες

    #suggestion not a great game but interesting how home assistants can play it out

  64. Abdqs

    AbdqsΠριν 6 ημέρες

    You know I would love to see a Netflix show about Morphy

  65. Richard Hunter

    Richard HunterΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Thank goodness we have Agadmator and Paul Charles Morphy in these crazy times.

  66. Toysrme

    ToysrmeΠριν 6 ημέρες


  67. Krushard

    KrushardΠριν 6 ημέρες

    When he says "recommended by the engine" why it sounds like there is only one abstract "The Engine" and only one correct move? I mean, is chess such deterministic game that no matter what engine you build, it'll find the same optimal move?

  68. Kellen Sanna

    Kellen SannaΠριν 6 ημέρες

    It’s not a solved game if that’s what your asking, but there are computer programs that will beat humans 100 games out of a hundred, so those engines are good references for what moves are good usually.

  69. Moa'eid ahmed

    Moa'eid ahmedΠριν 6 ημέρες

    What about 16.Bd3

  70. Yeska Haganta

    Yeska HagantaΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Lytellton like a newbie

  71. Sabose

    SaboseΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I believe the mystery guy that gave you a bitcoin didn't give you $9,590.26, did he?

  72. MightyLeviathan

    MightyLeviathanΠριν 6 ημέρες

    The players not wanting to play against Morphy reminds me of Mihawk from one Piece not wanting to fight Shanks, because he only had one arm. Still a beast, but you cant brag with beating a disabled.

  73. JS CUT

    JS CUTΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Anyone realised the dog behind agad. A great character

  74. Migel Molla

    Migel MollaΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I hope you still have that bitcoin 🤪

  75. Morphy Fischer

    Morphy FischerΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I have a running fear of what im going to do once we are done with the morphy saga....i will miss the good stuff

  76. Sebastian Giovannella

    Sebastian GiovannellaΠριν 6 ημέρες

    3:35 sorry I got distracted by your dog what did you say again?

  77. william goss

    william gossΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Interesting game, thks.



    His opponent put feces on his pieces when he took the blind fold off morphy made a nasty discovery 😁



    His opponent put feces on his pieces when he took the blind fold off morphy made a nasty discovery 😁



    Willie wonka tought this umpa lumpa well.

  81. Shadow Spectral

    Shadow SpectralΠριν 6 ημέρες

    You could give up the queen for the rook. to prolong the game. Is only good move.

  82. sh1507

    sh1507Πριν 6 ημέρες

    I don't understand how he could know when to resign if he couldn't see anything? Lol

  83. Exayevie

    ExayevieΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I want a Morphy movie so bad

  84. Ayman Abedftah

    Ayman AbedftahΠριν 6 ημέρες

    At 7:38, what about Queen to g4?

  85. T

    TΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I always love the good stuff - thanks for the video agadmator.

  86. WeatherYourStorm

    WeatherYourStormΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Can we please see more games by women?!?

  87. onvduuen2

    onvduuen2Πριν 6 ημέρες

    "the saga is in the description -- not alot of videos, maybe like 100 "

  88. Fábio Palma

    Fábio PalmaΠριν 6 ημέρες

    This man was a superhuman. No words. It's unbelievable what the human brain can achieve

  89. Timothy Covert

    Timothy CovertΠριν 6 ημέρες

    "ok i'm down with that" -paul charles morphy , 1858

  90. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 6 ημέρες

    *Paul Charles Morphy

  91. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 6 ημέρες

    At 01:20

  92. marco canella

    marco canellaΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Couldn’t the game continue after queen captures the rook on e1 and after queen recaptures knight f6 defending the back rank while attacking the rook on h5? It would be 2 rooks against a queen and even if it’s hard to develop the rook there is still hope isn’t that correct?

  93. Lucas Voltolini

    Lucas VoltoliniΠριν 6 ημέρες

    How come that Morphy's eyes are not covered during the match?

  94. Marko Maodus

    Marko MaodusΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Hahahahahahaha! "In those days, when the art of defense was non existent, aside from Mr. Burnes, off course." 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  95. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 6 ημέρες

    At 04:07

  96. raven lord

    raven lordΠριν 6 ημέρες

    "Ok, I'm down with that" -Paul Morphy, 1858

  97. Peter Mortensen

    Peter MortensenΠριν 6 ημέρες

    At 01:20

  98. Jacob Peters

    Jacob PetersΠριν 6 ημέρες

    "Kind sir, I am descended with that ~!"

  99. David Gindi

    David GindiΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Anyone else get pissed when they realize Morphy retired at 22?

  100. jevitigre

    jevitigreΠριν 6 ημέρες

    What i dont get is why Morphy wanted to play Stauton so badly, by that time Stauton wasnt the strongest player in Europe, not even top 5

  101. Mathis Paul

    Mathis PaulΠριν 6 ημέρες

    #SUGGESTION The GRlifesr Darius Benson made a nice rap about a chess game. Maybe you could show it to us? It's for sure not the best game but it's a fun approach to chess imo

  102. Logan Darling

    Logan DarlingΠριν 6 ημέρες


  103. Logan Finn

    Logan FinnΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Will you do a face reveal at 1 million subs?

  104. Vytautas Šalomskas

    Vytautas ŠalomskasΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Wow, that is impesive.

  105. andrew murray

    andrew murrayΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Finally. Back to the good stuff.

  106. Dendra7

    Dendra7Πριν 6 ημέρες


  107. Matthew Salzman

    Matthew SalzmanΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Was Lyttelton considered a GM? I would not be able to handle such an ass whipping by someone blindfolded. Would have to give up chess and take up drinking full time.

  108. 3L$13 D@w6

    3L$13 D@w6Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Morphy v. Wolverine

  109. Veavictis Asmadi

    Veavictis AsmadiΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I am not mad at Staunton fro prolonging the event yet again. It means the Morphy Saga isn't over anytime soon

  110. Paul Sanou

    Paul SanouΠριν 6 ημέρες

    have you still have the BTC?

  111. MrZabao

    MrZabaoΠριν 6 ημέρες

    At 7:47 b. B5-C3?

  112. Romal Mohamed Nazir

    Romal Mohamed NazirΠριν 6 ημέρες

    When you learn about american chess players, you hear the name Caruana, then learn there was Fischer, a little bit of digging there is Casablanca, and suddenly you see this guy morphey destroying everyone during his time, and you wonder yourself you cant find even the board blindfolded, imagine someone going against 8 at the same time

  113. kasra sanati

    kasra sanatiΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Ah yes Mr barn the man who defends so well he is always attacking they always did say a good defense is a good offense

  114. Timothy Hufker

    Timothy HufkerΠριν 6 ημέρες

    I’d like to see some sort of collab with agad and Hikaru where they both go over a game. Maybe even one of Hikarus own games that’d be pretty cool.