- Age Range: 5 and up
- Series: Dover Chess
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; annotated edition edition (June 1, 1957)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486203867
- ISBN-13: 978-0486203867
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Morphy's Games of Chess Paperback – June 1, 1957
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I decided to get a replica of Spicer's copy and see if I could follow it and somehow see how he (Spicer) used chess, and in particular the legend of Paul Morphy, in his extremely difficult poetry. He was attracted I think to Morphy in the same way as he found Rimbaud so intriguing: in both cases an exhibition of brilliance, nearly of genius, while both men were very young, teenagers I guess, and then only a few years later a renunciation so extreme it amounted to burn-out, a psychic fatigue. Sergeant's annotations I find helpful, as well as his reasoned and well-argued account of Morphy's rise and fall as a grand master. What makes us turn away from the thing we do best, and go into trade? At least Rimbaud had reason to enter the mercantile world, for he was a poor boy and needed money for his family. But Morphy apparently was a scion of American aristocracy and would be counted a millionaire in today's money.
I found it interesting that they were annotating his games when he was a mere 13 years of age! AND that the games he played in blindfolds were among his best. If chess relies as much on memory as computers do, perhaps it would not matter to a clear brain like Morphy's how many games he was playing at once (in London he played five men simultaneously, two wins, two losses, one draw)--not exactly bukkake by the standards of today, but as Sergeant reminds us, he was playing the absolute top masters of his time. I love the idea of Game LXXIX, the opera house game, played in the royal box of the Duke of Brunswick at the Paris Opera House during a performance of Rossini! You can practically hear the triumphantly comic strains of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE in the air as you read the long columns of Morphy's assault. (He won of course.)
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descriptive notation and that makes the book itself
very awkward . Descriptive notation is no more used since
decades .Read more