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  • Légall's Mate

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    Légall's Mate is named after the French player M. de Kermar, Sire de Légall (1702-1792).  While there are several variations, each involves the sacrifice of the queen.  If you would like to see more on this trap, David ... Read More »

  • Landey, Benjamin

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    Benjamin M. Landey, born in 1912, was a former president of the Massachusetts Chess Association and the New England Chess Association.  He was president of the Boylston Chess Club.  He was a pioneer in the promotion of chess in New Engla... Read More »

  • Lange, Max

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    Max Lange (1832-1899) was a German chess player and inventor of the helpmate in 1865 and the Max Lange Attack (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 4.O-O Bc5 5.e5) in 1854.  From 1858 to 1864, he was the editor of Deutsche Schachzeitung, the... Read More »

  • Larsen, Bent

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    Bent Jorgen Larsen, born March 4, 1935, is a Danish Grandmaster (1956) who now lives in Buenos Aires with his Argentinean wife. In 1954 at the age of 19, he won the Danish championship and became an International Master.  Larsen won the Danis... Read More »

  • Las Palmas 1996

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    Strongest chess tournament ever held.  This was a category 21 event with an average rating of 2756. The event included the top 6 players in the world: Garry Kasparov (2785), Anatoly Karpov (2775), Vladimir Kramnik (2765), Veselin Topalov (2... Read More »

  • Lasa, Tassilo von Heydebrand und der

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    Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa (von der Lasa) was born on October 17, 1818 in Berlin, Germany.  He studied law in Berlin and Bonn, Germany. In 1837, he was one of the seven co-founders of the Berlin Chess School (the Berlin Pleiades),... Read More »

  • Lasker, Berthold

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    Berthold Lasker (1860-1928) was the older brother of Emanuel Lasker who taught Emanuel how to play when Emanuel was 11 years old.  He was known as a chess hustler in Berlin in the early 1880s.  As a medical doctor who lived in Berlin, he... Read More »

  • Lasker, Edward

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    Edward  Lasker was born in Kempen, Germany (now Poland) in 1885.  He became an International Master at the age of 75.  FIDE awarded him the official IM title in 1961.  He was an International Master in 1913, a title given to hi... Read More »

  • Lasker, Emanuel

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    Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941) was the second world chess champion, from 1894 to 1921, who played in 8 world championship matches.  Emanuel Lasker took first place at Breslau in 1889 by accident.  Another competitor, needing a draw or win fo... Read More »

  • Last place

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    In 1851, at the first International Chess Tournament, Eduard Loewe, M. Brodie, E.S. Kennedy, Samuel Newham, and Carl Mayet all got knocked out without a single win in 2 games.  In 1857, at the 1st American Chess Congress, James Thompson and S... Read More »