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Happened Today in the Chess World - June 22, 2024

Posted on 06.22.2024

THE FIRST (UNOFFICIAL) CHESS CHAMPION Paul Morphy Today, we remember Paul Morphy, born in New Orleans on June 22, 1837. Paul learned the game from his father and uncle. At 12, he challenged Johann Löwenthal and, to everyone's amazement, managed to beat him.  The first American Chess Congress tournament was held in New York in 1857. Morphy won it with brilliant play, sweeping his opponents James Thompson (3-0-0), Alexander Beaufort Meek (3-0-0), Theodor Lichtenhein (3-1/2-0), and Louis...Full Story


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