Paul Morphy, the chess champion, by an Englishman [F. M. Edge].

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Page 53 - And you, good yeomen, Whose limbs were made in England, show us here The mettle of your pasture; let us swear That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not; For there is none of you so mean and base, That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
Page 2 - His leisure he'd employ ; Until, at last, the old man Was beaten by the boy.
Page 88 - Permit me to repeat what I have invariably declared in every chess community I have had the honor of entering, that I am not a professional player — that I never wished to make any skill I possess the means of pecuniary advancement — and that my earnest desire is never to play for any stake but honor.
Page 14 - I heard him state," says the writer of the sketch, " that no author had been of much value to him, and that he was astonished at finding various positions and solutions given as novel — certain moves producing certain results, &c.," for that he had made the same deductions himself as necessary consequences.
Page 16 - ... (and some devilish bad games)'. After Morphy's victory at the New York tournament some enthusiasts mooted the possibility of a European champion coming to America to play him. On hearing of this Staunton published a deprecatory paragraph in his weekly chess column and remarked that 'the best chess players in Europe are not chess professionals but have other and more serious avocations'.
Page 15 - ... for that he had made the same deductions himself as necessary consequences. In like manner, Newton demonstrated in his own mind the problems of Euclid, the enunciations only being given, " and I can think of no more suitable epithet for Morphy than to call him the
Page 19 - The proposed terms of the match provided that "should the English player lose the match, the sum of one thousand dollars" was "to be paid him out of the stakes in reimbursement of the expenses incurred by him.
Page 21 - ... by laborious literary occupation, to abandon the practice of chess beyond the indulgence of an occasional game, must find it not merely inconvenient, but positively impracticable, to cast aside all engagements, and undertake a journey of many thousand miles for the sake of a chess-encounter? Surely the idea of such a sacrifice is not admissible for a single moment. If Mr. Morphy — for whose skill we entertain the liveliest admiration — be desirous to win his spurs among the chess chivalry...
Page 16 - December 26, 1857. to be London or Paris, there can be little doubt, we apprehend, that a European champion would be found ; but the best players in Europe are not chess professionals, but have other and more serious avocations, the interests of which forbid such an expenditure of time as is required for a voyage to the United States and back again.
Page 173 - It is no use struggling against him, he is like a piece of machinery which is sure to come to a certain conclusion.

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