paul charles morphy

Morphy

[mawr-fee]
noun
Paul Charles, 1837–84, U.S. chess player.
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Morphy (ˈmɔːfɪ)
 
n
Paul. 1837--84, US chess player, widely considered to have been the world's greatest player

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paul charles morphy

American chess master who, during his public career of less than two years, became the world's leading player. Acclaimed by some as the most brilliant player of all time, he was first to rely on the now-established principle of development before attack. (See chess: Development of theory.

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