Paul Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard
“A Night at the Opera” (game of the day Dec-02-2007)
Paris (1858), Paris FRA
Philidor Defense: General

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. dxe5 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 dxe5 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. Qb3 Qe7 8. Nc3 c6 9. Bg5 b5 10. Nxb5 cxb5 11. Bxb5+ Nbd7 12. O-O-O Rd8 13. Rxd7 Rxd7 14. Rd1 Qe6 15. Bxd7+ Nxd7 16. Qb8+ Nxb8 17. Rd8#

The chess game played in 1858 at an opera house in Paris between the American chess master Paul Morphy and two strong amateurs, the German noble Karl II, Duke of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Comte Isouard de Vauvenargues, is among the most famous of chess games. Duke Karl and Count Isouard consulted together, playing as partners against Morphy. The game is often used by chess instructors to teach the importance of rapid development of one’s pieces, the value of sacrifices in mating combinations, and other chess concepts. The game is sometimes called “The Opera Game” or “A Night at the Opera”

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27 thoughts on “"A Night at the Opera" || Most Famous Chess Game Ever Played

  1. Sacrificing the queen through a forced move and mating on the next move… now THAT'S a way to finish the game.

  2. Beautiful quote "Morphy was an artist not a butcher…" Even if at the end he butchered black's queen side!

  3. The black kingside rook and the black kingside bishop never left their original squares during the entire game.

  4. I remember you pointing out ( I beleive in an earlier Morphy game ) that players of this era tended to be much stronger on offense than defense. A shattering exhibition.

  5. I was watching this [woE4LnHcVYs] Fischer interview before watching this. The respect shown from Fischer to Morphy is a very special moment in chess history to me and watching your analysis is also great. You produce great content. I could not find the second part to that video where Fischer analyzes the game. Thank you for posting the video.

  6. I actually analyesed the whole game with stockfish.It says every move but Qxb7 was best by Morphy.But if morphy played Qxb7, Then simply Qb4+ and morphy is forced to exchange queens. So after Qxb4 and Bxb4, yes morphy will be up a piece.But then morphy wont have his queen , his peices wont be devloped and he most likely would not have won the game quickly.But if he doesnt win quickly, He is gonna miss the opera!! I am pretty sure it was worth more than a pawn😉😉

  7. I think what Morphy was trying to say was: you two were "close" you should invite me back to watch opera. The first chess troll.

  8. A game I know by heart, yesterday I ran into a philly and simply try to play like Morphy, I didn't even have to go as far as Morphy as my opponent missed mate in two after Qb3… This game is brutal if black don't play carefully.

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