The Beast Awakens || Owen 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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John Owen vs Paul Morphy
Odds match (1858) (unorthodox), London ENG, rd 7, Aug-??
Chess variants (000)
1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. Nf3 ed4 4. Bc4 Qf6 5. O-O d6 6. Ng5 Nh6 7. c3 Bg4 8. f3 Bd7 9. Bd5 dc3 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Nb5 Bd8 12. f4 Ne7 13. Nc3 Bg4 14. Qb3 c6 15. e5 de5 16. Nce4 Bb6 17. Kh1 Qg6 18. Bf7 Nf7 19. Nf7 Nd5 20. Ned6 Ke7 21. f5 Qh5 22. Bg5 Kd7 23. Qg3 Bc7 24. Qe5 Rae8 25. Qg7 Bd6 26. Ne5 Kc8 27. Qd7 Kb8 28. Qd6 Ka8 29. Bf4 Qf5 30. Nc6 Bh3 31. gh3 Qe4 32. Kg1 Nf4 33. Rf4 Rhg8
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. Queen Merlin IX.

    Queen Merlin IX.Πριν μήνα

    own he is prob gonna capture knight Morphy:WRONG

  2. doctorbea

    doctorbeaΠριν μήνα

    The problem is, well....Morphy starts being Morphy. Lol!

  3. Zito Keratin

    Zito KeratinΠριν μήνα

    It must be very hard to live among people who are entire steps below you. So lonley there.

  4. Paulus De'John

    Paulus De'JohnΠριν 2 μήνες

    That is weird... hahaha..

  5. Zlatko Margeta

    Zlatko MargetaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy madman

  6. AllrounderOT

    AllrounderOTΠριν 2 μήνες

  7. Robert Brownlow

    Robert BrownlowΠριν 2 μήνες

    When will the Saga continue? Can't wait for the trip to France!

  8. Morphy

    MorphyΠριν 2 μήνες

    You thought you were winning.

  9. Mark Creech

    Mark CreechΠριν 2 μήνες

    your dog cracks me up

  10. Peter Parker

    Peter ParkerΠριν 2 μήνες

    2:53 maybe valak came to play 👻

  11. jan stevko

    jan stevkoΠριν 2 μήνες

    Epic move by Morphy gg

  12. Gaurav Jha

    Gaurav JhaΠριν 2 μήνες

    That discover check could have been game over for Morphy.. I don't think one could get that lucky to get that position against Morphy.

  13. Gaurav Jha

    Gaurav JhaΠριν 2 μήνες

    When I was 7 , my bishop used to change lanes ..just like that Arrow..💁🏻‍♂️

  14. Cuck Norris

    Cuck NorrisΠριν 2 μήνες

    I thought the answer was Re6, does that work also?

  15. Rei

    ReiΠριν 2 μήνες

    Aha! I won't make a mistake of playing f6 if I didn't start with an f7 pawn!

  16. Abu Ali BH

    Abu Ali BHΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow insane ending. Damn that was sexy.

  17. Muhammad Ammar

    Muhammad AmmarΠριν 2 μήνες

    Can someone tell me why didnt knight took rook by owen? 4:26

  18. حامد موسو

    حامد موسوΠριν 2 μήνες


  19. Brad Schlager

    Brad SchlagerΠριν 2 μήνες

    Thank you for these videos. You have been an excellent substitute for my friends at the bar and library during the pandemic :)

  20. Giri Iyer

    Giri IyerΠριν 2 μήνες

    The two knights the queen and dark bishop. Morphy's king playing catch me if you can. Tag me. Leading them up the garden path. Actually morphys king is the king here.

  21. Mohibullah

    MohibullahΠριν 2 μήνες

    Last time i came this early his name was jim owens

  22. Steve Schollnick

    Steve SchollnickΠριν 2 μήνες

    rg8 by black ne5 ++ leads to mate?

  23. Chris I

    Chris IΠριν 2 μήνες

    The Morphy Saga might be your best saga yet agad. Love the characters, the backstories, and (of course) the awesome chess play.

  24. Gerwin Warzycha

    Gerwin WarzychaΠριν 2 μήνες

    a good thing about dont having a f7 pawn is that you cant play f6!'

  25. A.A Yehanan

    A.A YehananΠριν 2 μήνες

    I was so excited for this game after the last one, and it didn’t disappoint. Murphy is the best.

  26. Mangrover

    MangroverΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion John Nunn vs Alexander beliavsky 1985 Link:

  27. Tanay Banaudha

    Tanay BanaudhaΠριν 2 μήνες


  28. Damien

    DamienΠριν 2 μήνες

    So, all those time's the light square Bishop couldn't help out? Think again!

  29. Sumanyu Deora

    Sumanyu DeoraΠριν 2 μήνες

    #Suggestion Hikaru Nakamura v/s Danlil Dubov in Magnus Carlsen Tour Finals 2020

  30. edward tang

    edward tangΠριν 2 μήνες

    Even when morphy blunders the opponent reciprocates

  31. Peter S

    Peter SΠριν 2 μήνες

    Owen probably muttered under his breath..”diabolical!”.

  32. A B

    A BΠριν 2 μήνες

    Hi Agadmator! I just watched your video on the game of chess they played in Harry Potter. ( But I think there is a way for white to still "survive": After Rc3, black can do Qf5 or Qd5. I think both of these could save white. I don't find a reason why I'm wrong, so I was wondering if you could look into this and tell me if I overlooked something.

  33. Pranav Parmar

    Pranav ParmarΠριν 2 μήνες


  34. Ashraf Shaikh

    Ashraf ShaikhΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy :- Yes you can chekmate in one. John:- yes I will checkmate you Morphy:- In your dreams 🤣

  35. a square yt crazy

    a square yt crazyΠριν 2 μήνες


  36. Niklas P14

    Niklas P14Πριν 2 μήνες

    Hey @Agadmator, I really enjoy your content and also your merch.. Can Leela Chess Zero merch be an idea in the future?

  37. LukeKraken

    LukeKrakenΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy is the ultimate MADLAD.

  38. Karan Ram

    Karan RamΠριν 2 μήνες

    That is really weird 😸, perhaps an advanced form of Knight.

  39. Martin Hedesström

    Martin HedesströmΠριν 2 μήνες

    You need to make Morphy merch!

  40. anjana sthapak

    anjana sthapakΠριν 2 μήνες

    The problem is that owen is extremely strong player

  41. Medha Choudhary

    Medha ChoudharyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Well here is one thing good for paul morphy and that is he can't play f6

  42. s p

    s pΠριν 2 μήνες


  43. Qnko Qnkov

    Qnko QnkovΠριν 2 μήνες

    Owen is a good attacking player maybe even sharper than Barnes

  44. Mikain Silverlet

    Mikain SilverletΠριν 2 μήνες

    12:40 if King to f1 instead of f2 I initially thought agad missed it but I guess I was wrong since it falls faster; f1 Qe3 and there is no defense Mi1 Rg1#. Damn it im so bad took me 10 mins to see it.

  45. Mikain Silverlet

    Mikain SilverletΠριν 2 μήνες

    Oh wait there is, but it's still losing for white: Qe3 Qd8+, Rxd8 Nxd8, Qxh3+...

  46. Some Random Codes

    Some Random CodesΠριν 2 μήνες

    And is it as of move 0 that we have a completely new game?

  47. Amar Singh

    Amar SinghΠριν 2 μήνες

    What I learnt from

  48. Adam Moloney

    Adam MoloneyΠριν 2 μήνες


  49. Manoj Kumar Dasari

    Manoj Kumar DasariΠριν 2 μήνες

    12:35 @agadmantor why can't rook be moved to g3?

  50. Dr. Bluesfield

    Dr. BluesfieldΠριν 2 μήνες

    He could, but it wouldn't help, still gets mated in a few moves.

  51. Manoj Kumar Dasari

    Manoj Kumar DasariΠριν 2 μήνες

    Anybody can reply,That would help


    KS VARAGUNANΠριν 2 μήνες

    Dear Mr. Agadmator, can you put up Steinitz saga

  53. Safe Tex

    Safe TexΠριν 2 μήνες

    Owen missed too many opportunities. Morphy got really lucky hree

  54. Akash Roy

    Akash RoyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Owen never won against Morphy again. The result is 6-1 in Morphy's favour.

  55. Giri Iyer

    Giri IyerΠριν 2 μήνες

    Against almost all new opponents Morphy usually lost the first game and the result in favour of his opponents usually stayed that way

  56. Rahul Kurve

    Rahul KurveΠριν 2 μήνες

    What Morphy think, who can think

  57. Storm Shadow

    Storm ShadowΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy was Alpha zero basic version in the 19th century.

  58. Astitv Shandilya

    Astitv ShandilyaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Someone give this guy a Morphyhead already...

  59. Ethan Porter

    Ethan PorterΠριν 2 μήνες

    I think Morphy stopped playing chess because there was really no point anymore....

  60. darrius williams

    darrius williamsΠριν 2 μήνες

    Owen blundered the game

  61. Vedant Bhardwaj

    Vedant BhardwajΠριν 2 μήνες


  62. EBHAE 1

    EBHAE 1Πριν 2 μήνες

    Timestamp: The only move. Question: What happens after Re6?

  63. Daffyyy

    DaffyyyΠριν 2 μήνες

    we need more Tal videos man

  64. Vikram Srinivasan

    Vikram SrinivasanΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy started being Morphy 💪

  65. Richard McCandless

    Richard McCandlessΠριν 2 μήνες

    Amazing! #suggestion games have been fantastic! Include as much story as you can too, please.

  66. boxingjerapah

    boxingjerapahΠριν 2 μήνες

    That was like a Rocky movie. Morphy was getting pummelled the whole way and then BOOM! Down goes Owen.

  67. shahid afwan

    shahid afwanΠριν 2 μήνες

    Great player morphy

  68. Guna Sekar

    Guna SekarΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy is always Morphy...

  69. Upadhyay Jinesh

    Upadhyay JineshΠριν 2 μήνες


  70. Priyanka Prabhari

    Priyanka PrabhariΠριν 2 μήνες

    But now Morphy starting to become Morphy.... Very good line by Agad..

  71. My Life Matters

    My Life MattersΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy would be 1400 in modern chess . Maybe

  72. My Life Matters

    My Life MattersΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy obviously only looked amazing against super weak players . Definitely no Capablancs

  73. My Life Matters

    My Life MattersΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy was way over rated obviously

  74. The Gorn

    The GornΠριν 2 μήνες

    This really is the good stuff

  75. Andrew Bartlett

    Andrew BartlettΠριν 2 μήνες

    Where’s Morphy’s Morphy head?

  76. Neerav Gupta

    Neerav GuptaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Instead of bh3, why not re6...

  77. Friedrich Wilhelm

    Friedrich WilhelmΠριν 2 μήνες

    I would like to thank you for that

  78. Friedrich Wilhelm

    Friedrich WilhelmΠριν 2 μήνες

    Your videos kept me company in the dark days while I struggled to cope up with the sudden demise of my beloved mother

  79. CiberNanza

    CiberNanzaΠριν 2 μήνες

    PLEASE do a video about Stockfish NNUE rated 3659! 😍

  80. Manav Rupani

    Manav RupaniΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy Kept complicating kept complicating kept complicating even though it mentions complicating so many times but agad makes it so simple love you bro

  81. Frank Gecko

    Frank GeckoΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy plays like James Bond 007

  82. Nguyễn Hải

    Nguyễn HảiΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy pulled a Yugioh.


    SOHAM MAITIΠριν 2 μήνες

    If only tal was here

  84. Kohinoor Banerjee

    Kohinoor BanerjeeΠριν 2 μήνες

    Here I am,

  85. Fares Hejazi

    Fares HejaziΠριν 2 μήνες

    this is the ugliest chess play I have ever seen it hurts my eyes looking at it

  86. verin rao

    verin raoΠριν 2 μήνες

    Really awesome odds games.

  87. Tom Conners

    Tom ConnersΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy the Cat

  88. Tom Conners

    Tom ConnersΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy Let Owen get what he thought was overwhelming, Morphy’s depth had it all covered the whole time..

  89. Im gay since Im responding to your comment, but

    Im gay since Im responding to your comment, butΠριν 2 μήνες

    When will Morphy’s opponent get the Morphy head?

  90. Tom Conners

    Tom ConnersΠριν 2 μήνες

    Slight of hand and twist of fate it was..congrats Agad ☝️

  91. Italo Barbiot

    Italo BarbiotΠριν 2 μήνες


  92. Andrea Bronzi

    Andrea BronziΠριν 2 μήνες

    That bishop move is Alpha Zero stuff.

  93. Lukas Adamsson

    Lukas AdamssonΠριν 2 μήνες

    This really opens your eyes to what a genius he was ... Literally too bored to play correctly against some of the best opponents available to him

  94. Kilimanjarno Arnsson

    Kilimanjarno ArnssonΠριν 2 μήνες

    beautiful move. This is why people who love chess love it.

  95. narayanan S

    narayanan SΠριν 2 μήνες

    This knight captures is different from that knight captures

  96. Ammar Haider

    Ammar HaiderΠριν 2 μήνες

    i ran that position with stockfish and i was surprised this Bh3 move was the only move giving black a huge advantage and rest were in favor of white. really amazing that morphy was able to find these moves in 1850s. its sad that he didnt play chess for long otherwise the scene of chess would be totally different. he is indeed the pride and sorror of chess.

  97. Jie Mileng

    Jie MilengΠριν 2 μήνες

    I actually spotted bishop to h3 😂🔥

  98. Wesley Bradshaw

    Wesley BradshawΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy: "Since you beat me in the last game how about I give you pawn odds this time"

  99. TheAgentcnote

    TheAgentcnoteΠριν 2 μήνες

    you the best Agadmator! love the morphy saga! from here in Minnesota, USA

  100. MouseMice

    MouseMiceΠριν 2 μήνες

    2:43 the light square bishop is secretly a dark square bishop

  101. Jason Q

    Jason QΠριν 2 μήνες

    11:38 If king just moves to g1 instead of capturing the bishop, the rook is safe because of checkmate for white. You assumed he’d capture with the king. No need.

  102. Michael Rubino

    Michael RubinoΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wow Morphy actually had some formidable opponents

  103. Unknown Soldier

    Unknown SoldierΠριν 2 μήνες

    Marjane, Marjane, Marjane, Marjane, Marjane, Marjane, ča barjak ne viješ?