Morphy is probably the best player for the beginning
player to study. Alas there are precious few games to go on, for he
lived before the growth in international tournaments and was denied
a match by Staunton.
Morphy more or less perfected the art of winning in open
games: smooth, fast development, opening up lines for the attack,
dynamic piece play throughout the game, ruthless cashing in of
advantages, wonderfully imaginative combination play. Even against
inferior opposition he plays with great energy and balance.