Chessopedia: Online Chess Encylopedia


  • 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 »

  • Salvio, Alessandro

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    Alessandro Salvio (1570-1640) was a chess author from Naples, doctor, and best chess analyst of his time.  He defeated Paolo Boi in 1598 (who died three days later) and Geronimo Cascio in 1606.  He was unofficial world chess champio... Read More »

  • Kamsky, Gata

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    Gata Kamsky, born June 2, 1974, is a Grandmaster (1990) who was born in Siberia, Gata Kamsky won the USSR Junior Championship (under 18)  at the age of 12.  Gata and father Rustam defected from the Soviet Union after playing in the 1989 ... Read More »

  • Swallow's Tail Mate

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    The Swallow's Tail Mate is a rare mating pattern. The king is checkmated by an enemy queen, and two friendly pieces block off the backward-diagonal escape squares. Read More »

  • List of chess variants

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    A chess variant (or unorthodox chess) is a game "related to, derived from or inspired by chess".[2] The difference from chess might include one or more of the following: different rules for capture, move order, game objective, etc.; addition... 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 »

  • Uganda

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    The Uganda Chess Association formed in 1972 after the Fischer-Spassky match.  They joined FIDE in 1976.  In 1976 their team played in the counter-Olympiad team in Tripoli.  In 1982 the Ugandan chess team showed up at Lugano, Switzer... 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 »

  • Elo, Arpad Emrick

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    Arpad Elo (1903-1992) was born in Egyhazaskeszo, Hungary, he moved to the United States with his parents in 1913.  He played in 37 consecutive state championships in Wisconsin, from 1933 to 1969, winning the title 7 times (1935, 1937, 1940, 1... Read More »

  • Evans, William Davies

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    William Davies Evans (1790-1872) was a captain in the mercantile marine and amateur chessplayer.  He went to sea in 1804 at the age of 14, and later became a  steamer ship captain in 1819.  He discovered the Evans Gambit (1.e4 ... Read More »