Paul Morphy

1837 - 1884

Paul Morphy

Paul Charles Morphy (June 22, 1837 – July 10, 1884) was an American chess player. He is considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial second World Chess Champion 1858–1860. A chess prodigy, he was called "The Pride and Sorrow of Chess" because he had a brilliant chess career but retired from the game while still young. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Morphy has received more than 729,191 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 15th most popular chess player.

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Among chess players, Paul Morphy ranks 15 out of 256Before him are Mikhail Botvinnik, Max Euwe, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, François-André Danican Philidor, and Adolf Anderssen. After him are Vasily Smyslov, Viktor Korchnoi, Frank Marshall, Paul Keres, Ruy López de Segura, and Richard Réti.

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Among people born in 1837, Paul Morphy ranks 12Before him are J. P. Morgan, Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, Adam Opel, Marie François Sadi Carnot, Fredrik Bajer, and Tokugawa Yoshinobu. After him are Cosima Wagner, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, Pedro V of Portugal, Ivan Kramskoi, Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, and Georges Ernest Boulanger. Among people deceased in 1884, Paul Morphy ranks 5Before him are Gregor Mendel, Bedřich Smetana, Elias Lönnrot, and Maria Anna of Savoy. After him are Marie Taglioni, Johann Gustav Droysen, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Marie Bashkirtseff, Alfred Brehm, Hans Makart, and Hermann Kolbe.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Paul Morphy ranks 573 out of 12,171Before him are John Cassavetes (1929), Stephen Hillenburg (1961), Jim Jones (1931), Romina Power (1951), Ambrose Bierce (1842), and Larry Hagman (1931). After him are Gary Becker (1930), Paul Simon (1941), Kip Thorne (1940), Steven Tyler (1948), Harper Lee (1926), and Rachel Carson (1907).

Among CHESS PLAYERS In United States

Among chess players born in United States, Paul Morphy ranks 2Before him are Bobby Fischer (1943). After him are Frank Marshall (1877), Harry Nelson Pillsbury (1872), Reuben Fine (1914), William Lombardy (1937), Arnold Denker (1914), Larry Evans (1932), and Fabiano Caruana (1992).

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