Brooklyn Eagle, January 17, 1892
An Albany chess player, in recalling a visit Mr. Bird paid him when he was
last in America, said:
"While Mr. Bird was at the Albany chess club, in response to a
question as to what would have likely been the result had Morphy
participated in the last great tourney, he said:
"Paul Morphy would have gone through that tournament like a meteor.
He was head and shoulders above every player taking part in it." He
"Probably, with the exception of Steinitz, Blackburne is the finest
living player. Steinitz is a slow player and is always pretty well crowded
for time, and I doubt if he could have made as good a showing against
Zukertort had the latter been less confident and arranged the match at a
time limit of twenty moves to the hour instead of fifteen. I trotted
Steinitz the closest heat he ever contested. He beat me 8 to 7, with 6
draws. This was in '67. In '58 Morphy beat me 10 to 1, with 1 draw.
Steinitz claims that he is a better player than ever Morphy was, but I
think my record with each is a fair test of the strength of the two.
Steinitz claims that when I played with Morphy I was out of practice, but
I cannot explain away my crushing defeat by that great player in any such
way. I never played better chess in my life than when he beat me. Morphy
had more science than Steinitz - more imagination. His career was very
short, though very brilliant, and, whether or not he could have held first
honors as long as Steinitz, is a matter of some doubt; but Morphy never
met his match. He was never compelled to play his best game. His resources
were never fully tested.
April 29, 1888
The chess editor of the Boston Post says:
Judge Golmayo, the chess champion of Cuba, is said to discriminate as
follows between his experience of playing with Morphy and with Steinitz:
"In my games with Morphy at odds of a knight, I became hopelessly
bewildered by the brilliancy and intricacy of his combinations, but when I
sit down with Steinitz on even terms, I feel as though I had a very
respectable chance to win."
If the Judge did have a respectable chance to win he failed to avail
himself of it, the record shows.