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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

The answer from SmallChess is good. There's also an illustrative tweet from Garry Kasparov on the subject: For beginning chess players, studying a Carlsen game is like wanting to be an electrical ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

Paul Morphy's games are better resources for learning at your level. There's no use for you to get into deep positional understanding typically in modern GM games. You should get a book on Amazon. ...
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Puzzling phrases

What is being talked about are called Odds Games, which are indeed handicaps. It is not a common practice these days. Here’s a quote from chessvariants.com that gives the right idea. “During the 18th ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

If you're a beginner then studying games from the old masters does more good, especially players like Morphy who emphasized the basics (quick development, attacking an uncastled king, etc). Once you ...
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How can someone find their Morphy number?

You'd have to find a list of players Morphy has played. Then, you'd research as many players who played each of those players. This can all be done by searching by player in a large database. ...
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How can someone find their Morphy number?

I never heard of the 'Morphy number' until I read your post. I found that my Morphy number is 5. Here is how I did it. I started with Wikipedia After looking at the list I realized that my best ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

Pretty much all great players studied the games of the best players of the past, and it is repeatedly recommended that studying them is a great way to improve. Marin's book Learn from the Legends is ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

Definitely study classic Morphy's games. The fact that Morphy was so far ahead of his peers is a good thing. His opponents often missed Morphy's plan and the plan came out clearly, and it shows you ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

It absolutely makes sense to study Morphy. Sure, most of his opponents were "terrible" but so are most of your opponents. And, let's be honest, so are you, at the moment. Studying Morphy's games&...
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How can someone find their Morphy number?

I had a similar problem not long ago, though not chess related. If I were to pattern this solution off of that one, I would consider storing Morphy in an SQL table along with all of his opponents, ...
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How can someone find their Morphy number?

As far as an algorithmic answer goes, if you can get a set of games into a pandas dataframe (Python), the following code should get you the Morphy numbers, unless I've messed up somewhere: def ...
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Was Paul Morphy a slow player?

My item here does not "explain the controversy", but for a contemporary tournament comment concerning Morphy, see top of page 90 here: https://archive.org/details/bookoffirstameri00fisk From the ...
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Was Paul Morphy a slow player?

This 1860 book seems to have anecdotal evidence on the "fast" side of the argument: "Mr Morphy is a most fascinating player for those looking on, and there is always a crowd around his board ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

I just wanted to add - for one to say that to say "not all Morphy's opponents were terrible" is really understating the case. The fact is that Morphy consistently beat all the best chess players in ...
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How can someone find their Morphy number?

This may not help if you do not have games in the ChessBase database (or even enough games), but ChessBase recently released a feature called "WinChain", which TRIES to find your "number" to any ...
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How can someone find their Morphy number?

Pseudocode to iteratively compute morphy number. assume you have a database with a table plays of two columns x and y where a row indicates two indeviduals who have played one another. _morphy = {} ...
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How can someone find their Morphy number?

For me, it was a combination of Wikipedia, WinChain, USCF, and my own knowledge. I worked from both ends. I started by assuming that getting a link to high-rated players was probably the way to go - ...
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How can someone find their Morphy number?

Morphy numbers are something new to me. It is the degrees of detachment little world marvel for chess players. I was looking Gligoric and discovered he had a Morphy number of 3. So Morphy (1837-...
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How can someone find their Morphy number?

There is no magical way of finding it, of course, you just have to know the history of the people that you have played and then you can deduce your Morphy number. Of course, it is highly likely that ...
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Chess games similar to Morphy versus the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard

I would recommend the games collection from the book "Gm-Ram: Essential Grandmaster Chess Knowledge" by Rashid Ziyatdinov. Not all the games are the miniatures, but many of them. The author ...
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