Morphy, P.C. – Lowenthal, J.J. 1850

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Morphy, Paul    2722 (69) 3/
Löwenthal, Johann    2519 (43) 0/
Status: casual

Event table notes

Event data
Place: New Orleans
Start date: 22 May 1850
End date: 25 May 1850
Sergeant gives result as +1-0=1 for Morphy; Alberti gives +2-1 for Morphy; Fiske (in the First American Chess Congress and in the Chess Monthly), Frère (in Hillyer, quoting the Chess Monthly), The Living Age (see Sarah's Morphy website), Ernest Morphy (in an 1856 letter, see Sarah's Morphy website), Edge (p.3), Gilberg, Maurian's obituary for Morphy in the New Orleans Times-Democrat (see Sarah's Morphy website), C.A. Buck (see Sarah's Morphy website), Devens, Ernest Jones (see Sarah's Morphy website), Sunnucks and Spinrad give +2-0=1. Löwenthal (in Fiske) says he doesn't remember whether Morphy won 1 or 2 games. Sarah's 'Life and Chess of Paul Morphy' website gives +3-0=0 at the Morphy's Childhood page and the Löwenthal page. Morphy's New York Times obituary (see Sarah's Morphy website) says Morphy won 2 out of 3 games. Lawson concludes that there were 3 games, demonstrates that the usual draw given was actually a win for Morphy (Löwenthal changed it in his collection of Morphy's games) and quotes Maurian saying that Morphy told him that Löwenthal lost the 3rd game by an oversight early in the game and Paul offered to let him take the move back, which he declined. Lawson suggests that this game may have been counted as a draw, and that the result was therefore really +3-0=0 as given by Maurian. Since we have the scores of the 2 wins, this seems likely. Fiske, Frère (in Hillyer, quoting the Chess Monthly), and Lawson give dates 22 May and 25 May 1850 for these games, but Löwenthal (in Fiske) gives date 27 May 1850. Morphy's New York Times obituary gives 1849. One of the games is dated 25 May 1850 in the June 1858 Chess Monthly (p.178).
   Barcza, Magyar Sakktörténet, Vol.1, page 84
   Edge, Exploits of Morphy, page 3
   Fiske, First American Chess Congress, page 394, 507
   Gilberg, Fifth American Chess Congress, page 58
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 73
   Hillyer, Thomas Frère, page 43
   Lange and Falkbeer, Paul Morphy Sketch, page 15, 18
   Lawson, Paul Morphy, page 24
   Sergeant, Morphy Gleanings, page 11
   Sunnucks, Encyclopaedia of Chess, page 319
   Winter, Kings, Commoners and Knaves, page 325
   [BDE], vol. 17, no. 228, 25 Sep. 1858, page 2
   [CMNY], vol. 1, no. 12, Dec. 1857, page 382
   [CMNY], vol. 2, no. 6, June 1858, page 178
   [Fld], 22 July 1876
   [ILN], vol. 32, no. 918, 22 May 1858, page 519
   [ILN], vol. 33, no. 936, 18 Sep. 1858, page 255
   [IZL], vol. 31, no. 796, 2 Oct. 1858, page 222
   [NYC], 21 June 1856
   [NYC], 16 Oct. 1858
   Alberti, Marco A.  [Johann Jacob Löwenthal]
   Buck, C.A.  [Paul Morphy: His Later Life]
   Devens, R.M.  [Unrivaled Performances by Paul Morphy], page 1
   Devens, R.M.  [Unrivaled Performances by Paul Morphy (Part I)]
   Jones, Ernest.  [The Problem of Paul Morphy]
   Lange, Max.  [Paulo Boi and Paul Morphy]
   Morphy, Ernest.  [Ernest Morphy's Letter to the New York Clipper]
   Sarah.  [John Jacob Löwenthal]
   Sarah.  [Löwenthal meets Morphy]
   Sarah.  [Löwenthal's visit to America]
   Sarah.  [The Living Age, Vol.63, No.802, 8 Oct., 1859], page 67
   Sarah.  [Morphy Obituary, New Orleans Times-Democrat]
   Sarah.  [Morphy Obituary, New York Times]
   Sarah.  [Paul Morphy's Childhood]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]
   Sunnucks, Anne.  [Morphy Bio by Anne Sunnucks]

Match information updated: 2 Oct. 2023