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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 World Chess Champion. He was a chess prodigy. He was called "The Pride and Sorrow of Chess" because he had a brief and brilliant chess career, but then retired from the game while still young. He gradually relapsed into a state of seclusion and eccentricity which culminated in unmistakable paranoia and delusions.

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Paul Morphy: #9 on the list of Top 10 Greatest Chess Players in History

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Paul Morphy (left) dominated all opposition in his brief chess career (1857–58).

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The Chess Art Thread - Chess.com

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Games of Paul Morphy Number of games in database: 467 Years covered: 1848 to 1869 Overall record: +196 -26 =24 (84.6%)* * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games Based on games in the database; may be incomplete. 221 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

Paul Morphy, the pride and sorrow of chess (right) playing Lewis Elkins in 1859.

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