"A Night at the Opera" || Most Famous Chess Game Ever Played



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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  • Invincible Morphy !!!

    Mohammed Siraj Mohi July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • wow o/

    Bert Seeger July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Stockfish actually agrees with Morphy on bringing out the knight!

    Streq July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • In Suren’s voice “guys guys!… look at this beautiful move queen to b8, setting up checkmate!”

    The Gorn July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Sacrificing the queen through a forced move and mating on the next move… now THAT'S a way to finish the game.

    Boya Desu July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Beautiful quote "Morphy was an artist not a butcher…" Even if at the end he butchered black's queen side!

    Noelf July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • The black kingside rook and the black kingside bishop never left their original squares during the entire game.

    tottenvillelegend826 July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Shortest 5 minutes and 44 seconds of my life

    Novmik July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Rolled and smoked.

    Randeep Singh July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • I love how stockfish prefers the artist's move over the other move suggested

    chari Muvilla July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • 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.

    lamwen03 July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • 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.

    Gregory Robertson July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • wow damn game

    Arun Das July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Who's here after Agad's tweet that he missed this night at the opera mate ?

    Mohamad Alrashed July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • All three were aristocrats no wonder this was such a gr8 game.

    Nicholas Anonymous July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • I guess he really wanted to watch the opera…

    NB July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Morphy the goat

    tim Taylor July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • And this is a piece of art.

    crebegea July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Well look at that.

    Kraston Laesazu July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • 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😉😉

    ABHRO July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • 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.

    Timmy Fay July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Aga! you have to add this to the saga!

    Chris Kane July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Amazing!

    Joormachien July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • 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.

    Le Cobra July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • There’s Morphy for ya.

    Im gay since Im responding to your comment but , July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply
  • Hello Everyone!

    Derek Brosnan July 6, 2020 1:41 am Reply

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