Morphy, P.C. – Lichtenhein, T. 1859

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Morphy, Paul    2806 (36) 6.5/11 
Lichtenhein, Theodor    2474 (50) 4.5/11 
  Morphy, Paul gave odds of a knight
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: New York
Start date: July 1859
End date: July 1859
According to Lawson, this was referred to beforehand as a match in the New Orleans Sunday Delta and other papers. Lichtenhein afterwards objected to this being referred to as a match, claiming that they were only analyzing. The weight of evidence seems to suggest that they were actual games. Lawson gives one game dated 21 July 1859. The Chess Monthly of Aug. 1859 (p.263) gives a result of +1-0=0 for Lichtenhein at Knight odds, but perhaps this was just the first of the series.
   Gilberg, Fifth American Chess Congress, page 44
   Hilbert, Tragic Life of Leonard, page 71
   Lawson, Paul Morphy, page 232, 354
   [CMNY], vol. 3, Aug. 1859, page 263
   [CMNY], vol. 3, Sep. 1859, page 294
   [Era], vol. 30, 29 Mar. 1868, page 5
   [ILN], vol. 35, 17 Sep. 1859, page 285
   [NYC], 24 Sep. 1859
   [PDEB], 6 Mar. 1868
   [SoT], 30 July 1859
   [ST], 18 Sep. 1859, page 7
   [ST], 25 Sep. 1859, page supp.3
   Kingston, Taylor.  [Don't Bet the Farm or Scholar's Concern Tempers Stat-Freak's Delight], page 10
   Paulsen, Louis.  [The Harrisse Correspondence]

Match information updated: 5 May 2020