Morphy, P.C. – Thompson, J. (1) 1859 (2)




Results
 
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Morphy, Paul    2809 (36) 5.5/
Thompson, James (1)    2302 (46) 3.5/
  Morphy, Paul gave odds of a knight
 
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: New York
Start date: 23 May 1859
End date: 17 June 1859
 
Notes:
Spinrad gives +5-3=1 from the New York Times of 18 June 1859. Löwenthal also gives it in the Era of 24 Jul. 1859 (p.5), as does the Chess Monthly of July 1859 (p.221) and the Sunday Times of 21 Aug. 1859 (supplement, p.3). Lawson and Sarah's Morphy website give the same result and exact start and end dates. Staunton, in the Illustrated London News of 20 Aug. 1859 gives +6-3=1, but this includes another game that was played before the formal match. The New York Clipper of 12 Nov. 1859 gives a result of +16-9=1 for Knight odds games between Morphy and Thompson, including three separate match results recorded here at +1-0=0, +5-3=1 and +10-6=0, respectively.
 
References
Books
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 29
   Gilberg, Fifth American Chess Congress, page 79
   Golombek, Golombek's Encyclopedia, page 205
   Hilbert, Essays in American Chess History, page 95
   Hillyer, Thomas Frère, page 47, 167
   Lawson, Paul Morphy, page 205, 221, 329
   van Winsen, James Mason in America, page 302
Periodicals
   [CMNY], vol. 3, June 1859, page 200
   [CMNY], vol. 3, July 1859, page 221, 229, 230
   [CMNY], vol. 3, Nov. 1859, page 356
   [Era], vol. 21, 10 July 1859, page 12
   [Era], vol. 21, 24 July 1859, page 5
   [ILN], vol. 35, 20 Aug. 1859, page 221
   [LiM], vol. 49, 21 July 1859, page 4
   [NYC], 12 Nov. 1859
   [RiS], vol. 1, Oct. 1859, page 151
   [ST], 21 Aug. 1859, page supp.3
Web
   Alberti, Marco A.  [Paul Morphy]
   Morphy, Paul.  [A Letter from Morphy to Maurian, November 16, 1857]
   Reinfeld, Fred.  [Paul Morphy]
   Sarah.  [The Returning Hero]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]

Match information updated: 30 Oct. 2016