Morphy, P.C. – Bird, H.E. 1858

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Morphy, Paul    2796 (29) 10.5/12 
Bird, Henry    2468 (51) 1.5/12 
Status: casual

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England
Start date: Aug. 1858
End date: Aug. 1858
Di Felice gives +3-0=0; Sarah's Morphy website, Taylor Kingston, Bird quoted in the Brooklyn Eagle (17 Jan. 1892), Edge (p.200), Lawson (p.114), Bell's Life in London of 22 Aug. 1858 (p.3) and the Era of 22 Aug. 1858 (p.5) give +10-1=1; Spinrad also gives 10.5-1.5. An obituary in the New York Times (11 July 1884) gives 10-1 for Morphy. Harding says that the result +3-0=0 for Morphy was for the more serious games between the two, out of the total number of games they played. Sarah's Morphy website gives the date as sometime between 14 Aug. and 21 Aug. 1858. Lawson also indicates that these games were played while Morphy was waiting for a reply from his letter to Staunton of 14 Aug. 1858.
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 27
   Edge, Exploits of Morphy, page 200
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 117
   Hilbert, Walter Penn Shipley, page 59
   Lange and Falkbeer, Paul Morphy Sketch, page 115, 192
   Lawson, Paul Morphy, page 114
   [BLL], 22 Aug. 1858, page 3
   [CMNY], vol. 2, Oct. 1858, page 314
   [CMNY], vol. 3, June 1859, page 198
   [Era], vol. 20, 22 Aug. 1858, page 5
   Kingston, Taylor.  [Don't Bet the Farm or Scholar's Concern Tempers Stat-Freak's Delight], page 9
   Kingston, Taylor.  [Your Morphy Number is Up], page 3
   Sarah.  [Bird Talk]
   Sarah.  [The Birmingham Meeting]
   Sarah.  [Morphy Obituary, New York Times]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]

Match information updated: 31 Dec. 2014