Born in 1837, in 1858 he travelled through Europe and beat all the best players in the world, sometimes playing several simultaneously. Not long afterwards, he quit chess, and died at age 47 in 1884. His dominance, clear style and sudden disappearance from the game are reminiscent of Fischer. Morphy was the first player in history to play according to the key principles of modern Grandmaster chess: play in stages, develop before attacking and control the center with pieces and pawns.
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