Morphy, P.C. – Paulsen, L. 1857

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Morphy, Paul    2800 (35) 3.5/
Paulsen, Louis    2610 (60) 0.5/
Status: casual

Event table notes

Event data
Place: New York
Start date: 8 Oct. 1857
End date: 1857
The Jan. 1858 issue of the Chess Monthly (p.30) gives a total score in New York of Morphy against Paulsen as +8-1=3 (not including blindfold games). A speech by Frère in 1884 (cited by Hillyer, p.167) agrees with this total. Taking out +5-1=2 for their tournament games leaves +3-0=1 from offhand games. These offhand games were played while Morphy was in New York for about 2 months from Oct. to Dec. 1857. Some at least of the offhand games were played on 8 Oct. 1857, according to Fiske (p.76) and Lawson (p.58). Lawson also cites the Albion to the effect that they played 10 or 11 offhand games 'presumably even, all of which Morphy won', but says there is no record of these games.
   Fiske, First American Chess Congress, page 76, 248
   Hillyer, Thomas Frère, page 167
   Lange and Falkbeer, Paul Morphy Sketch, page 53, 75
   Lawson, Paul Morphy, page 58, 60, 82, 86
   [CMNY], vol. 1, Dec. 1857, page 383
   [CMNY], vol. 2, Jan. 1858, page 30
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]

Match information updated: 31 Dec. 2014