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from Paul Morphy's speech at the New York Chess Club Testimonial held in his honor, May 25, 1859.
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Born: June 22, 1837

Bio: Paul Charles Morphy was an American chess player. He is considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial World Chess Champion. He was a chess prodigy. He was called The Pride and Sorrow of Chess because he had a brief and brilliant chess career, but then retired from the game while still young.

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