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  • South Africa

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    The Cape Town Chess Club in South Africa was founded in 1885.  Competitive chess began in 1891.  The first South African championship was held in 1892 and won by E. Roberts and A. Rivett.  South Africa was banned from FIDE from 1977... Read More »

  • Lopez de Segura (Sigura), Ruy

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    Ruy Lopez (1530-1580) was a Spanish priest and one of the leading players of his day.  In 1559-60 he went to Rome to attend an ecclesiastical conference.  It was there that he defeated all the best players in Rome, including Leonardo.&nb... Read More »

  • Benko Gambit

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    The Benko Gambit is characterized by the move 3...b5 in the Benoni Defense arising after: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 c53. d5 b5 The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) has three codes for the Benko Gambit: A57 3...b5 A58 3...b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 A59 3... Read More »

  • Mason, James

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    James Mason (born Patrick Dwyer?) was born in Kilkenny, Ireland on November 19, 1849.  The family moved to New Orleans in 1861, then to New York.  At the age of 11, his name was changed to avoid prevalent anti-Irish prejudice in America.  In ... Read More »

  • Stamma, Philip

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    Philip Stamma (1705-1770?) was a chess player and author from Aleppo (Haleb), Syria.  He was an interpreter of Oriental languages to the British government.  In 1737 he published Essai sur le Jeu d-Echecs.   The book was a coll... 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 »

  • Queen's Indian Defense

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    The Queen's Indian Defense (QID) is defined by the moves: 1. d4 Nf62. c4 e63. Nf3 b6 The opening is a solid defense to the Queen's Pawn Game. 3...b6 increases Black's control over the central light squares e4 and d5 by preparing to fianche... Read More »

  • Mortimer, James

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    James Mortimer (1833-1911) was an American player, journalist and dramatist.  For a time, he worked in the U.S. diplomatic service.  He started playing in chess tournaments at the age of 50.  In 1883, he took last place out of 14 pl... Read More »

  • Pillsbury, Harry Nelson

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    Harry Nelson Pillsbury (1872-1906) was one of the top four chess players in the world from 1895 to 1903.  He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts and learned chess in 1888, at the age of 15.  In 1895 he played in his first major tournam... Read More »

  • Allgaier, Johann

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    Johann Baptist Allgaier (1763-1823) was the author of the first chess book published in German, Neue theoretisch-praktische Anweisung zum Schachspiel.  It was published in Vienna in 1795.  Johann Baptist intended to become a Catholic pri... Read More »