Morphy, P.C. – Barnes, T.W. 1858 (1)

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Morphy, Paul    2801 (29) 13/19 
Barnes, Thomas    2505 (42) 6/19 
Status: casual

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London
Start date: June 1858
End date: July 1858
Sergeant, in Morphy Gleanings (p.17) gives +19-8? as a total between Morphy and Barnes. Spinrad gives 19.5-7.5 (from a website he considers unreliable) and 19-7 from the New York Times of 21 Oct. 1858. Edge (p.200), Feenstra Kuiper, Sarah's Morphy website and an article from the Scotsman of 26 Jan. 1860 (at Sarah's Morphy website) give +19-7=0. A letter by Edge dated 9 July 1858 gives +13-6=0 for Morphy, but more games were played after this date. Steinitz, in an 1896 interview with the Dutch newspaper Tijdschrift, quoted by Krabbé, also gives +13-6, again a partial score. Here I record the first series of games with score +13-6 separately from the set played in August, which, according to Lowenthal total +6-0=1 (rather than +6-1=0). These were played sometime between Morphy's arrival in London in June and the date of Edge's letter in July.
   Edge, Exploits of Morphy, page 200
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, page 16
   Lange and Falkbeer, Paul Morphy Sketch, page 114, 192
   Lawson, Paul Morphy, page 103
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 101
   Sergeant, Morphy Gleanings, page 17
   [BLL], 22 Aug. 1858, page 3
   [CMNY], vol. 2, Aug. 1858, page 256
   [CMNY], vol. 2, Sep. 1858, page 285
   [CMNY], vol. 3, June 1859, page 198
   [NYC], 7 Aug. 1858
   Edge, Frederick Milnes.  [Edge to Fiske Letter July 9,1858]
   Kingston, Taylor.  [Morphy, More or Less], page 7
   Krabbé, Tim.  [Band ten: An Interview with Wilhelm Steinitz], page 2
   Sarah.  [Paul Goes to England]
   Sarah.  [The Scotsman]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]

Match information updated: 14 Nov. 2015