Chessopedia: Online Chess Encylopedia

  • Aronian, Levon

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    Levon Aronian, born Oct 6, 1982, is a Grandmaster (2001) from Armenia.   He learned chess at the age of 9.  In 1994, he won the World Under-12 Chess Championship with an 8 out 9 score.  He won the 2002 World Junior Chess Champi... Read More »

  • Mechanics' Institute

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    Oldest chess meeting place in the United States, founded on December 11, 1854.  Formerly the Mercantile Library in San Francisco, it was not incorporated as a chess club in its own right.  In 1906 the great San Francisco earthquake destr... Read More »

  • Bundesliga

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    German national team chess tournament, which began in 1975.  Chess Bundesliga (Schach Bundesliga) is the strongest and longest running league chess championship in the world.  Grandmasters from around the world are recruited to play in t... Read More »

  • United States Chess Federation

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    Formed in September, 1939 after the American Chess Federation (ACF) merged with the National Chess Federation (NCF).  George Sturgis was the first USCF President.  He had been president of the ACF.  The president of the NCF, Maurice... Read More »

  • Nimzovich, Aron

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    Aron Nimzovich (1886-1935) was the founder of the hypermodern movement in chess and author of My System.  He would stand on his head during chess events and did exercises in the tournament room.  After losing a game against Saemisch in B... Read More »

  • Philippines

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    The first national chess championship of the Philippines was held in 1947 and won by Horacio Tagle.  The Philippine Chess Federation has a dress code for chessplayers. They have outlawed slippers, T-shirts, and vests in their chess events.&nb... Read More »

  • Vienna 1882

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    One of the strongest chess tournaments of all time.  It was called the Second International Chess Tournament and was the strongest chess tournament up to that time.  The top 9 players in the world participated.  It was won by Steini... Read More »

  • Hang (to hang)

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    An unprotected piece, in harm's way. In chess parlance, to hang a piece means to leave it hanging: i.e., placed on the board so it can be easily captured without consequence.    Read More »

  • Reti Opening

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    The Reti Opening (1. Nf3 d5 2. c4) belongs to the Hypermodern School of Chess that dominated in the early 20th Century. The idea is to control the center rather than contest it by direct occupation with pawn moves such as d4 and e4. Because of its... Read More »

  • Time limit

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    The Anderssen-Kolisch match in 1861 was the first time a time-limit was used.  An hour-glass gave each player 2 hours to make 24 moves.  Tumbling clocks were introduced at London in 1883.  The modern chess clock was introduced in 19... Read More »