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The Opera Game

I've named this image after a famous game of chess played in 1858 between the American chess master Paul Morphy - who was described by Bobby Fischer as "probably the greatest genius of them all" - and two strong amateurs, the German noble Duke Karl of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Count Isouard. Whilst at the opera, trying to concentrate on the performance, Morphy annihilates his opponents with brilliant sacrifices and demonstrates perfectly the principles of good, attacking chess. You can view the game online at chessgames.com

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