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Francois-Andre Danican Philidor (1726-1795)

Undisputably the strongest and greatest player of the 18th century, Philidor is also considered to be the first superstar of the 'modern' game as we know it today.

GM Andrew Soltis wrote that Philidor "was the best player in the world for 50 years. In fact, he was probably about 200 rating points better than anyone else yet alive - set apart by the mysteries of the game he had solved."

"The pawns are the soul of chess." - Francois-Andre Philidor


  • 4 months ago


    He is one of my favorite players, and remarkably he played a quiet, crushing style characterized by a lot of pawn moves. He understood positional chess a couple hundred years before the Classical School of chess caught up with him.

  • 4 months ago


    i dont know much about him.

  • 4 months ago


    I've read that he was a prolific composer and that he invented the oboe. I've never heard his music (but will try to). Philidor is,arguably, the greatest genius in a field littered with geniuses. His true strength will never be known because he so out-paced his contemporaries.

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