Morphy, P.C. – Thomas, W.G. 1859 (3)

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Morphy, Paul    2811 (35) 3.5/
Thomas, William    2409 (64) 0.5/
  Morphy, Paul gave odds of a knight
Status: casual

Event table notes

Event data
Place: Philadelphia
Start date: 7 Nov. 1859
End date: 14 Nov. 1859
Reichhelm gives +2-0=1 for Morphy at Knight odds, following his 0-2 loss also at Knight odds a few days earlier, but this time stipulating that Thomas had to defend with 1...e5. Di Felice gives +2-0=1 without indicating any odds were given. Löwenthal, in the Era of 18 Dec. 1859 (p.13) and Fiske, in the Chess Monthly of Dec. 1859 (p.391), give a total of the two matches of +2-2=1, implying that the second was +2-0=1 also. Lawson, Kingston and Sarah's Morphy website give +2-0=0 on 7 Nov. and +1-0=1 on 14 Nov. 1859 and also say that Thomas had to defend with 1...e5.
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 29
   Hilbert, Essays in American Chess History, page 96
   Hilbert, Tragic Life of Leonard, page 121
   Lawson, Paul Morphy, page 239, 240
   Reichhelm and Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, page 8, 69
   [CMNY], vol. 3, no. 12, Dec. 1859, page 391
   [Era], vol. 22, no. 1108, 18 Dec. 1859, page 13
   Kingston, Taylor.  [Don't Bet the Farm or Scholar's Concern Tempers Stat-Freak's Delight], page 10
   Sarah.  [The Returning Hero]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]

Match information updated: 31 Dec. 2014