Morphy, P.C. – de Riviere, J.A. 1863

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Morphy, Paul    2717 (52) 13/18 
de Rivière, Jules    2517 (45) 5/18 
Status: casual

Event table notes

Event data
Place: Paris
Start date: 1863
End date: 1863
The oft-cited score of casual games between Morphy and de Rivière during Morphy's visit to Paris from Dec. 1862 into 1863 (+9-3) is apparently just a collection of a few recorded games amongst many. In the Jan. 1863 issue of La Nouvelle Régence (p.24) de Rivière reports that he won the first three games he played with Morphy, and the Feb. 1863 issue gives a score so far of 4-3 for de Rivière. The 14 Feb. 1863 issue of the Liverpool Mercury (p.5) gives a score so far of 3-2 for de Rivière. Two games are given with dates 7 and 8 Jan. 1863. The Illustrated London News of 4 Mar. 1865 gives a win by Morphy over de Rivière 'Played in Paris, at the latter end of 1863...', reprinted from the Chess World. thus, there were more than 12 games, de Riviére won at least 4 (early in the year) and how many Morphy won is not at all clear. The Philadelphia (Daily) Evening Bulletin of 1 Oct. 1864 states that the final result of these games was +13-5 for Morphy. I will use the latter result, which is at least consistent with all earlier reports. Zavatarelli gives a cummulative score in games between them of +18-6 for Morphy. The total of the 1858 series and the 1862-1863 series (using 13-5) comes to 20.5-6.5, which is close to the total given by Zavatarelli.
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 39
   Lawson, Paul Morphy, page 346
   Sergeant, Morphy Gleanings, page 36
   Zavatarelli, Ignatz Kolisch, page 32
   [DCA], 16 Mar. 1863
   [ILN], vol. 46, no. 1304, 4 Mar. 1865, page 219
   [ILN], vol. 46, no. 1313, 29 Apr. 1865, page 419
   [LiM], no. 4685, 14 Feb. 1863, page 5
   [NR], vol. 4, no. 1, Jan. 1863, page 24
   [NR], vol. 4, no. 2, Feb. 1863, page 47, 55
   [PDEB], 1 Oct. 1864
   Sericano, C.  [I grandi matches 1850 - 1864]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]

Match information updated: 6 Mar. 2021