Morphy, P.C. – Meek, A.B. 1855

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Morphy, Paul    2791 (60) 6/
Meek, Alexander    1915 (109) 0/
Status: casual

Event table notes

Event data
Place: Mobile
Start date: 1 Mar. 1855
End date: 1 Mar. 1855
D.W. Fiske (in The First American Chess Congress, p.507) is clear that this match was played on 1 Mar. 1855, while Morphy was at St. Joseph's College in Spring Hill, Alabama (near Mobile). M.F. Hillyer cites T. Frere's Morphy's Games of Chess which cites the Chess Monthly, giving the date as 1 Mar. 1856, but Morphy left Alabama in Oct. 1855. Sarah's Paul Morphy site gives 1854, 'at age 17', but Morphy did not turn 17 until 22 June 1854. Sarah's Early Morphy Games page gives 1855. Spinrad also gives the date as 1854. All agree on a score of 6-0 for Morphy, but Spinrad's collected results give 4-0, which may be confused with another series of games played between the same players in Jan. 1857. The biography in the Illustrated London News of 18 Sept. 1858 (p.255) gives the date as 1 Mar. 1865.
   Fiske, First American Chess Congress, page 507
   Hillyer, Thomas Frère, page 43
   Lawson, Paul Morphy, page 42
   [CMNY], vol. 1, no. 12, Dec. 1857, page 382
   [ILN], 18 Sep. 1858, page 255
   [IZL], vol. 31, no. 796, 2 Oct. 1858, page 222
   Jones, Ernest.  [The Problem of Paul Morphy]
   Sarah.  [American Chess Congress Players]
   Sarah.  [Morphy Obituary, New Orleans Times-Democrat]
   Sarah.  [Morphy's Early Games]
   Sarah.  [Paul Morphy's Contenders]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]

Match information updated: 2 Oct. 2023