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in other centuries, people used words 
11th-Apr-2006 06:09 pm
Circumstances find me studying chess briefly, wherein the games of Paul Morphy (1837-1884) attracted my attention. His chess is brilliant, but I offer this for those whose game borders on the rhetorical:
It will be our endeavor, in the first place, to render this column not only interesting but instructive to the chess student - to make it, not an object of passing curiosity, but a feature possessing a deep and permanent value in the eyes of all who, in the few hurried moments of leisure snatched from the engrossing, and, to some extent, necessarily selfish pursuits of life, delight to turn to a pleasanter field of strife, and fight battles from which cupidity can expect no golden prize. How best to attain such a consummation was the problem presented for our solution. It has occurred to us that an eminently practical chess column was a desideratum in American chess literature; and that an attempt to fill up the void might be received with some little degree of favor. Our attention, then in the conduct of this department of the Ledger will be steadily directed to the plan here indicated. Excluding mere speculation we shall aim at laying before our readers none but purely practical matter. A good problem, remarkable for the ingenuity or nice accuracy which unravels its mazy intricacies - one or two standard games, contested by the acknowledged masters of the chequered field, and accompanied by elaborate notes, critical and analytical, will form the staple of our weekly contribution.

Paul Morphy, 1859, The New York Ledger
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