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  • Banks, Newell

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    Newell William Banks (1897-1977) was a U.S. checker champion who was also a chess master.  He learned checkers at the Detroit Chess and Checker Club, and started playing checkers at the age of 5.  His father taught him chess at the age o... Read More »

  • Barcza, Gideon

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    Gedeon (Gideon) Barcza (1911-1986), pronounced bartsa, was a Hungarian professor of mathematics and Grandmaster.  He was born on August 21, 1911 in Kisujszallas, Hungary. In 1942, he took 6th place in the first European championship in Munich... Read More »

  • Bardeleben, Curt von

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    Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) was a German count and the strongest German player of the late 19th century, an openings expert, and player of Grandmaster strength.  He studied law, but never practiced, preferring to play chess. He was German cha... Read More »

  • Bareev, Evgeny

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    Evgeny Bareev, born Nov 21, 1966, is a Russian Grandmaster (1989) who was World Under 16 Champion in 1982.  In 1990, he tied for 1st in the Soviet Championship.  In 1999 he was ranked 3rd in the world, behind Kasparov and Karpov.  His highest E... Read More »

  • Barnes, Thomas Wilson

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    Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825-1874) was one of the strongest English players in the 1850s.   He scored more wins than anyone else against Paul Morphy, defeating him 8 times in friendly play.  Morphy considered him the strongest chess p... Read More »

  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... Read More »

  • Barry, John

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    John Finan Barry was born in Boston, Massachuesetts on December 12, 1873.  He was a Boston lawyer and strong amateur.  He played at Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania in 1904.  He was president of the Boston Chess Club.  He edited... Read More »

  • Basman, Michael

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    Michael Basman, born March 16, 1946, is an International Master (1980) from England who specializes in irregular openings.  He tied for 1st place in the 1973 British Championship, but lost the playoff to Bill Hartston.  He organizes the ... Read More »

  • Battell, Jack Straley

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    Jack Straley Battell (1909-1985) was a former USCF Correspondence Chess Director (1969-1978).  In 1935, he joined the Correspondence Chess League of America (CCLA).  In the 1937-38 Marshall Chess Club Championship, he scored no wins and ... Read More »

  • battery

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    "Battery" is the term used to refer to two or more heavy pieces lined up on a file in an effort to control it. In this diagram, white doubles the rooks, creating a battery. Read More »