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  • Marathon chess

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    The first marathon chess record was set  by R.H. Jones and Stewart Walker who played chess 52 hours non stop at St. Lukes College in 1962.  It appeared in the 1962 Guinness Book or Records.  In 1983 two bus drivers from Bristol, Eng... Read More »

  • Newspaper

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    Prior to the paper ending publication in 2003, the oldest newspaper chess column still in existence runs in The Illustrated London News, which first appeared in 1842.  The first newspaper chess column appeared in the Liverpool Mercury in 1813 and... Read More »

  • Philately

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    The first philatelic item, a chess cancellation, appeared on a German envelope in 1923.  The first postage stamp depicting a chess motif was issued in Bulgaria in 1947 on the occasion of the Balkan games.  Over 140 countries have issued ... Read More »

  • Balinas, Rosendo

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    Rosendo Carreon Balinas, Jr. (1941-1998) was a Philippine lawyer and Grandmaster (1976) who was Asia’s best player in the 1960s.  He was born on September 10, 1941 in Manila, Philippines.  He learned how to play chess at the age of 7, but di... Read More »

  • Saint-Amant, Pierre

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    Pierre Saint-amant (1800-1872) was the leading French player after the death of Bourdonnais.  He was secretary to the Governor of French Guiana but was dismissed after he protested abouth the slave trade.  In 1823, he entered the wholesa... Read More »

  • Webb, Simon

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    Simon Webb (1949-2005) was an International Master (1977) and Correspondence Grandmaster (1983).  In 1966 he won the British Under-18 championship.  In 1969 he tied for 1st place (with Richard Eales) in the British Universities’ Ch... Read More »

  • Ardaman, Miles

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    Miles Ardaman, born Dec 28, 1963, is a FIDE master.  He won the Florida State Championship in 1986 and 1987.  He was Texas champion in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1997.  In 1998, 1999, and 2001, he won the South Carolina State Champ... Read More »

  • Dzindzichashvili, Roman Yakovlevich

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    Roman Dzindzichashvili a well known grandmaster of Soviet origin (peak rating 2703), was born on May 5, 1944. In 1976, he emigrated to Israel where in 1977 he won the 1977 Israeli Championship and gained the grandmaster title in 1979.  That ... Read More »

  • Aaltio, Erkki

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    Erkki Aaltio was born on September 16, 1935, in Hanko, Finland. He participated in the World Under 26 Championship in 1957. In 1957, 1959, and 1961, he represented Finland in the World Student Team Chess Championships (winning 2, drawing 7, and... Read More »

  • Bishop

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    The origin of the name of the chess bishop is obscure.  It was introduced in the 15th century, taking the move of the courier and placed where the alfil used to be at the set up of the chess pieces on a chessboard.  The appearance of the... Read More »