|THE LIFE AND CHESS OF PAUL MORPHY L÷wenthal|
from Book of the 1st American Chess Congress
pp.394-5 (by John Jacob L÷wenthal)
On the 10th of May I left Cincinnati, and after
spending two days at Louisville reached New Orleans on the 18th. On the 22d I
delivered my letter of introduction to Mr. Rousseau, and was by him introduced
to E. Morphy and several other amateurs. Matches were arranged between Mr.
Rousseau, Mr. Morphy and me. On the 26th, I played with Mr. Rousseau (not match
games) and won 5 games, all we played.
p.507 (by Daniel Willard Fiske)
The crowning triumph, however, of the younger years of the American master was his defeat of L÷wenthal. This distinguished Hungarian player, who had long before acquired a European reputation as a gifted cultivator of the art of Chess, was, like like his famous Chess-loving countryman, Grimm, driven into exile by the disastrous events which followed the heroic but unfortunate struggle of the Magyars against Austria. Coming to America, he visited New York and some of the western cities, and finally reached New Orleans in May, 1850. On the twenty-second and twenty-fifth of that month he played with Paul Morphy (at the time not yet thirteen years of age) in the presence of Mr. Rousseau, Mr. Ernest Morphy, and a large number of amateurs of New Orleans. The first game was a drawn one, but the second and third were won by the invincible young Philidor. Another opponent of Paul Morphy's before the Congress was Mr. James McConnell, a lawyer of New Orleans, with whom he played about thirty games, of which he won all but one.