Paul Morphy

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Birthday
22, 1837
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Jul 10, 1884 (47)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
22, 1837
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Jul 10, 1884 (47)

About

19th century American chess master and one of the first unofficial World Champions of chess who retired from the game when he was very young.

Before Fame

He was one of the first famous chess prodigies.

Trivia

His nickname was "The Pride and Sorrow of Chess" because he left his brilliant career to become a lawyer only to die in 1884 from a stroke at the age of forty-seven.

Family Life

His father Alonzo was a Supreme Court Justice.

Associated With

He is often considered the Bobby Fischer of the 19th Century.