In The Spirit of Barnes! || 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 5, Aug-??
Chess variants (000)
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Bd3 g6 4. Nf3 c5 5. c3 Nc6 6. O-O Qb6 7. ed5 ed5 8. Re1 Be7 9. Ng5 Nf6 10. Nh7 Rh7 11. Bg6 Rf7 12. Bg5 Bg4 13. Qc2 Kf8 14. Bf7 Kf7 15. h3 Bh5 16. Bf6 Bg6 17. Qe2 Bf6 18. Qe6 Kg7 19. Qd7 Kh8 20. Qd6 Kg7 21. Nd2 cd4 22. Nf3 Ne5 23. Qa3 Nf3 24. gf3 dc3 25. bc3 Rg8 26. Re3 Kh8 27. Kh1 d4 28. cd4 Bd4 29. Rae1 Be3 30. Re3 Qb1 31. Kh2 Be4 32. Qc3 Rg7 33. Re1 Qb6 34. Re3 Qd6 35. Kh1 Bf3 36. Rf3 Qd1 37. Kh2 Qg1
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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. Saw Txmes - Dutch RL Player

    Saw Txmes - Dutch RL PlayerΠριν μήνα

    What would happen if he did Queen to G6 instead of D6 at the end? Isn’t that a mate in 3? He can’t defend the G2 square, or Queen amhas to capture the Rook right?

  2. Jim Hoey

    Jim HoeyΠριν μήνα

    Any advice- best way to load a game into an engine...?

  3. Phil Brockwell

    Phil BrockwellΠριν μήνα

    I've never really been compelled to leave a positive comment on a GRlifes video, but you are one of the best channels I watch. Your videos are entertaining, professional and informative, and It's clear to see you put a lot of preparation into your work, so I'm sure you are also an excellent chess player ;).

  4. Federico Carusso

    Federico CarussoΠριν μήνα

    "Watch the game I mention here" Link in the description was the best elaborate joke i've seen in so long. You're amazing Antonio.

  5. Georgios Doumas

    Georgios DoumasΠριν μήνα

    At 08:54 I found another winning move (not mate) ...Qb6-g6 , Qc3-c8+ Kh8-h7 , Qc8-g4 Qg6-d6+ , Qg4-g3 Rh7:g3 , f2:g3 Be4-c6 and winning the endgame.

  6. squealer

    squealerΠριν μήνα

    Isn't it an advantage to spot the F7 pawn? You can never make the mistake of playing F6.

  7. michael hart

    michael hartΠριν μήνα

    I still don't understand what Morphy was playing at when he made Qb6. It almost seems like he was saying "Look, I gave you a Pawn and then a Queen" because his Queen was almost irrelevant during the King-side attack of Owen, only becoming important when Morphy had already weathered the storm. When starting with such a handicap, I would have thought that the Queen's main early role should have been protecting the King-side. Was Morphy just insulting Owen over the board?

  8. Vincent Santos

    Vincent SantosΠριν μήνα

    Paul Morphy the oopa loompa haircut

  9. Ahrry depp

    Ahrry deppΠριν μήνα

    Bruh john is an idiot

  10. N20 Games

    N20 GamesΠριν μήνα

    Morphy is like a snake in the grass. He just waits for you to take one misstep and then he strikes.

  11. mehmet yilmaz

    mehmet yilmazΠριν 2 μήνες

    Isn’t any game agatmator shows quite the game

  12. Tejas Kajale

    Tejas KajaleΠριν 2 μήνες

    Hi please cover some games from the ongoing fide online olympiad 2020 event

  13. OmidSafarzadeh

    OmidSafarzadehΠριν 2 μήνες

    You are now famous in AI literature sir :

  14. bart De Koker

    bart De KokerΠριν 2 μήνες

    Back to the past

  15. Niks Gobs

    Niks GobsΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestions Agadmator, please cover the match between Duda and Anand from the FIDE Online Olympiads 2020, specially the 2nd match.. Thanks in advance..

  16. Param

    ParamΠριν 2 μήνες

    Please do games from olympiad if you can 😊 thank you

  17. Alain Trépanier

    Alain TrépanierΠριν 2 μήνες

    Hi @agadmator, please cover this game from the 1964 US tournament: Fischer vs Saidy (fisher's knight vs Saidy's bishop end game). This is Carlson's best Fischer game.

  18. Alain Trépanier

    Alain TrépanierΠριν 2 μήνες

    Those videos really cranked up my games - my score now been 25 - 0 against my 9 yo daughter (she don't want to play anymore. - ever!).

  19. Youcef Attoui

    Youcef AttouiΠριν 2 μήνες man u have to put this in your collection.. the best chess puzzle ever

  20. Eugene Fritz

    Eugene FritzΠριν 2 μήνες

    Why did he start without a pawn

  21. eLem3nT

    eLem3nTΠριν 2 μήνες

    You should do games of "The Turk"

  22. Stelios Ntouranidis

    Stelios NtouranidisΠριν 2 μήνες

    Can someone explain why black begin the match with a lesser pawn? Is it some mode(blitz etc.) of the game which i am not familiar with?

  23. TwentyMinuteMan

    TwentyMinuteManΠριν 2 μήνες

    Hi Sir. Check this game out...maybe a game you would like to do a video on?[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "2020.8.1"] [Round "?"] [White "Nigel"] [Black "Ben"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteELO "?"] [BlackELO "?"] %Created by Caissa's Web PGN Editor 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 Nc6 4. d3 h6 5. f4 d6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. Be2 g6 8. Be3 Ng4 9. Kd2 Nxe3 10. Kxe3 e5 11. g3 h5 12. Kd2 Bg4 13. Nd5 Bf8 14. Qa4 Bh6 15. h3 Bxf3 16. Bxf3 exf4 17. gxf4 Qh4 18. Nxc7+ Kd8 19. Nd5 Qf2+ 20. Be2 Nd4 21. Rae1 Nf3+ 22. Kd1 Nxe1 23. Rxe1 g5 24. Nf6 Ke7 25. Qd7+ Kxf6 26. fxg5+ Kxg5 27. Rf1 Qxf1+ 28. Bxf1 Bg7 29. Qf5+ Kh6 30. Be2 Be5 31. Qxh5+ Kg7 32. Qg5+ Kf8 33. Bg4 Rg8 34. Qe3 b6 35. d4 Bf6 36. Kc2 Re8 37. Kd3 Re7 38. a4 Bg5 39. Qf3 f6 40. b4 Kf7 41. c5 dxc5 42. e5 Rd8 43. e6+ Kg7 44. bxc5 bxc5 45. d5 Rb7 46. Kc4 a5 47. d6 Rb4+ 48. Kxc5 Rc8+ 49. Kd5 Rcc4 50. Qd3 Rxa4 51. e7 Rd4+ 52. Qxd4 Rxd4+ 53. Kxd4 Kf7 54. Bh5+ 1-0

  24. Behnam Alizade

    Behnam AlizadeΠριν 2 μήνες

    Why not qxc5 instead of qa3 for owen . He could easily deafend the knight while capturing an undeafended pawn!

  25. Luke Honey

    Luke HoneyΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion Hi, please can you look at game 1 between David Pakman and easywithaces in their pogchamps match, it was an insane game

  26. Quinto

    QuintoΠριν 2 μήνες

    Ever watched "Monty python and the holy grail?" "find the mate in 5" "It's 3, sir"

  27. SergetheGrim

    SergetheGrimΠριν μήνα

    it was actually mate in 4 lol

  28. Stephen Hey

    Stephen HeyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Is there enough screen real estate to show captured pieces?

  29. Judith Steve Hennen Vacca

    Judith Steve Hennen VaccaΠριν 2 μήνες

    I don’t how the Reverend didn’t win.

  30. Virendra kumar Pathak

    Virendra kumar PathakΠριν 2 μήνες

    Agadmator Why not games from Olympiad



    I never knew Willy Wonka let umpa lumpa s play chess

  32. Siddharth Pathare

    Siddharth PathareΠριν 2 μήνες

    I'm your fan but why you are not covering online chess Olympiad

  33. Frankie Gee

    Frankie GeeΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy odds I love it

  34. Pimpernickel

    PimpernickelΠριν 2 μήνες

    Do some pogchamps.

  35. josh harwell

    josh harwellΠριν 2 μήνες

    Agadmator is my favorite chess channel!!!

  36. Sebastian Rex

    Sebastian RexΠριν 2 μήνες

    Now that's what I'm talkin about

  37. Tryfonas Kontakos

    Tryfonas KontakosΠριν 2 μήνες

    when will magnus and kasparov play?

  38. Alan Z

    Alan ZΠριν 2 μήνες

    0:18 where is F7 Pawn???????

  39. Subhom Baruah

    Subhom BaruahΠριν 2 μήνες

    I like Potato . and chess

  40. Pranav Khetan

    Pranav KhetanΠριν 2 μήνες

    Very happy to see short videos on this channel Got really bored by 20 minutes videos and left the channel

  41. saarike

    saarikeΠριν 2 μήνες

    Really great end in this game. Thank you.

  42. AndasMus - Your Laugh is Under-Rated

    AndasMus - Your Laugh is Under-RatedΠριν 2 μήνες

    I was cheering for Owen (weep) (weep)

  43. Fresh

    FreshΠριν 2 μήνες


  44. Ishan Joshi

    Ishan JoshiΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion ‘Adolf Anderssen - Lionel Kieseritzky, 1851 (The Immortal Game)’ its an epic game.. must analyse

  45. Kamesh Waran

    Kamesh WaranΠριν 2 μήνες

    Y F7 pawn is not there?

  46. tapan vishwakarma

    tapan vishwakarmaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Why you are not covering Chess Olympiad?

  47. submalevolent grace

    submalevolent graceΠριν 2 μήνες

    Guys at 3:48 how did Owen's miss Q.F3? I didnt look with an engine but this seems odd.

  48. Harsh Dubey

    Harsh DubeyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Analyse the game from the Chess Olympiads semi finals India Vs Poland Armageddon match

  49. Rushit Sheth

    Rushit ShethΠριν 2 μήνες


  50. salah ahmed

    salah ahmedΠριν 2 μήνες

    Your analysis of these no-pawn matches is nonsense and meaningless, and we do not benefit from it at all .. Please go back to analyzing meaningful matches.

  51. olivier boissière

    olivier boissièreΠριν 2 μήνες

    why did Morphy remove his f7 pawn?

  52. Ralph Matta

    Ralph MattaΠριν 2 μήνες

    "And now h3, making some breathing room for the king"

  53. Arun H

    Arun HΠριν 2 μήνες

    Agadmator: Morphy has 2 bishops for Owens rook. Owens 3 extra king-side pawns: Are we a joke to you?

  54. melvin de bosscher

    melvin de bosscherΠριν 2 μήνες

    0% editing 0% special effects 100% real good content

  55. Ian Chen

    Ian ChenΠριν 2 μήνες

    that garbage queen move lost the game

  56. kings gambit accepted

    kings gambit acceptedΠριν 2 μήνες

    I don't like this morphy

  57. Jasper Maraño

    Jasper MarañoΠριν 2 μήνες

    wait, what was the odds on the first game of murphy and owen?

  58. anirudh mayaa

    anirudh mayaaΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion vidit Vs ding online chess Olympiad. And these old stuffs are losing your views... Have some new games analysed simultaneously

  59. 7amdi

    7amdiΠριν 2 μήνες

    Whats up with the video quality?

  60. Shreyansh Paliwal

    Shreyansh PaliwalΠριν 2 μήνες

    Why aren't you showing any games from FIDE online 2020 ?

  61. Jacob Smokes

    Jacob SmokesΠριν 2 μήνες

    #quote the virus is the cure and humans are the virus - Unknown

  62. Vivek Mohan

    Vivek MohanΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy Saga is really terrible

  63. Lipy Fatema

    Lipy FatemaΠριν 2 μήνες

    This video is not available in anyone else having this problem?

  64. Rahul Srinivas

    Rahul SrinivasΠριν 2 μήνες

    Only Agadmator can make heart surgery sound like a normal thing and upload videos regularly ! :)

  65. Enny Gima

    Enny GimaΠριν 2 μήνες

    I feel happy with myself-- I found the mate in 5 in only a few moments after pausing the video. Thanks for showing this great game.

  66. Preetham B

    Preetham BΠριν 2 μήνες

    dude friday arena

  67. Ninad Joshi

    Ninad JoshiΠριν 2 μήνες

    Why is the video quality maximum 480p?

  68. Jared Korotzer

    Jared KorotzerΠριν 2 μήνες

    at 8:25 is Qg8 not immediate checkmate?

  69. Giri Iyer

    Giri IyerΠριν 2 μήνες

    The rook was pinned till the end yet helped in cm!

  70. Vinod Bajpai

    Vinod BajpaiΠριν 2 μήνες

    want Barnes

  71. Ashish Tahelyani

    Ashish TahelyaniΠριν 2 μήνες

    8:27 why didn't Morphy deliver mate in 1?

  72. Ashish Tahelyani

    Ashish TahelyaniΠριν 2 μήνες

    @death by pig thanks... Silly me!

  73. death by pig

    death by pigΠριν 2 μήνες

    he was in check

  74. Amulya Baranwal

    Amulya BaranwalΠριν 2 μήνες

    The beast awaken😂

  75. Mahi Creations

    Mahi CreationsΠριν 2 μήνες

    Why Morphy has 7 pawn??

  76. Duchinsmickle

    DuchinsmickleΠριν 2 μήνες

    I got randomly unsubscribed from your channel and I have no idea how.

  77. fahIm M_

    fahIm M_Πριν 2 μήνες

    6:45 When this dude moved his Queen to a3 instead of Qxd5, I instantly knew he is no way close to a GM level.

  78. Abhishek Sharma

    Abhishek SharmaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Get well soon mate

  79. piyush kothari

    piyush kothariΠριν 2 μήνες

    where is the link for first game?

  80. Greg Caceres

    Greg CaceresΠριν 2 μήνες

    HG Wells had me feeling the need for some Asimov! #Quote: 1) They’re like chess grandmasters... Put them in the same room and they would automatically challenge each other. 2) In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.

  81. Ẩm Thực Quê Hương

    Ẩm Thực Quê HươngΠριν 2 μήνες is very good....👍👍💥💥

  82. Anupama Sangam

    Anupama SangamΠριν 2 μήνες

    Agadmator should have worn the Barnes t-shirt if it is out(ig it's out)

  83. LoowheezeBreeze

    LoowheezeBreezeΠριν 2 μήνες

    6:47 Why not Queen takes pawn on D5?

  84. Enny Gima

    Enny GimaΠριν 2 μήνες

    I think because then the black queen would capture the pawn on b2. If white does not capture d4 with c3, then Black then threatens to capture c3 with d4 and put the rook behind it on c8, leaving black with a dangerous passed pawn supported by queen and rook. This is hard to defend by white because then rook from a to c1 even runs into a knight fork at that point. White would have to take d4 with c3, but then this allows the black rook to come to c8 and grab the open c-file after knight takes knight on f3. White moving queen to a3 defends b2 and stops all of this, even though it makes the queen less active. Someone else can chime in with their ideas.

  85. Justin Morales

    Justin MoralesΠριν 2 μήνες

    rook to ivanchuk

  86. boxingjerapah

    boxingjerapahΠριν 2 μήνες

    Cant play f6 if you dont have an f pawn. #Smart

  87. prithvi singh tewatia

    prithvi singh tewatiaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Hey, f7 pawn is on a vacation again!

  88. Man with a van

    Man with a vanΠριν 2 μήνες

    How does a Morphy saga climax? This so greatly predated world championships or a singular match that could define a chess player's career

  89. David Anderson

    David AndersonΠριν 2 μήνες

    The Owen Defense: Black fianchettoes his queenside bishop early to counter White's 1.e4. The Owin' Defense: "But Vinnie, it's like I told youse already, I'll have money next week!"

  90. Rahul Dutta

    Rahul DuttaΠριν 2 μήνες

    #suggestion #agadmator show us some games on fide chess olympiad 2020, now semi finals coming up today

  91. I Respect Your Opinion But,

    I Respect Your Opinion But,Πριν 2 μήνες

    I've got a random chess question: why can you only capture en passant with a pawn? I thought the historical point of en passant was to speed up the game. Instead of moving pawns one space at a time like the original rules, you can go two, but en passant was a way of making it so you can't push past without risk. It seems to me that any piece should be able to capture en passant with any piece because a pawn being able to move two spaces when it would be captured in one would be consider pushing past without risk.

  92. Wild Albanian

    Wild AlbanianΠριν 2 μήνες

    Morphy was a guy everyone would want to be around.. quiet a stylish fella :)

  93. keith dubose

    keith duboseΠριν 2 μήνες

    Proud owner of a Barnes Coffee Mug! Start the morning off with a cup of the good stuff .... coffee black

  94. Fundacion Tehpochtli

    Fundacion TehpochtliΠριν 2 μήνες

    Wasn't it mate in 2? Qg6 and Qg2?

  95. abhishek shrestha

    abhishek shresthaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Qg6 is much faster

  96. 0ldPlayer

    0ldPlayerΠριν 2 μήνες

    Watching an odds match without a pawn is just aggravating; If Owens wins it means nothing. If Morphy wins it means nothing because they weren't actually playing chess. Playing without a pawn is just a made up game of nonsense.

  97. diego gomes

    diego gomesΠριν 2 μήνες

    Show us games betwen Steinitz and mr Barnes.

  98. Ahmed Al shouwaikh

    Ahmed Al shouwaikhΠριν 2 μήνες

    Why he didn't have a f7 pawn ?

  99. fall defdea

    fall defdeaΠριν 2 μήνες

    Godmode is on

  100. Kevin LAM [07S2]

    Kevin LAM [07S2]Πριν 2 μήνες

    i think morphy is better withought a pawn and the white pieces.

  101. Zlatko Margeta

    Zlatko MargetaΠριν 2 μήνες

    far best chess channel, really great job Antonio! keep it up, support from Croatia, Slavonski Brod!!!

  102. Danyall Ramezany

    Danyall RamezanyΠριν 2 μήνες

    Dude i love morphy's game .plz cover more

  103. Adbeel Garcia

    Adbeel GarciaΠριν 2 μήνες

    The lack of f7 pawn is actually an advantage because you can never play f6

  104. Hakkihan Tunbak

    Hakkihan TunbakΠριν 2 μήνες

    Owen is quite a bad player, I’ve had better games against 1200 rated players on