Chessopedia: Online Chess Encylopedia


  • Kasimdzhanov, Rustam

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    Rustam Kasimdzhanov, born Dec 5, 1979, was the World FIDE champion from Uzbekistan who won the FIDE knockout in Tripoli in 2004.    He won the Asian Championship in 1998.  He took 2nd place in the World Junior Championship in 1... Read More »

  • Cable Match

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    In 1895,  the first transatlantic cable match (moves transmitted by telegraph) was played between the British Chess Club and the Manhattan Chess Club.  In 1897 a cable match between the British House of Commons and the U.S. House of Repr... Read More »

  • Japan

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    Chess Facts related to Japan. During World War II, the Japanese confiscated chess books thinking they were military codes. In 1962, they held their first international chess tournament, organized by the Japanese Chess Federation, in Yokohama. It... 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 »

  • Mephisto

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    The best of the automatons.  It was operated from another room by electro-mechanical means.  It entered the County Chess Association held in England in 1878 and won.  Isidor Gunsberg (1854-1930) was the operator.  He operated i... Read More »

  • Najdorf, Miguel

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    Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) was a Polish-born player who stayed in Argentina after the outbreak of World War II and became a naturalized citizen of Argentina five years later.  Najdorf escaped the Holocaust, but he lost his wife, child, parents an... Read More »

  • Ehlvest, Jaan

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    Jaan Ehlvest, born Oct 14, 1962, is an Estonian Grandmaster (1987).   In 1981, he took 2nd in the World Junior Chess Championship.  He won the European Junior Championship in 1982/83.  He won the New York Open in 1994 and the W... Read More »

  • Passed Pawn

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    A passed pawn is a pawn with no opposing pawns to prevent it from advancing to the eighth rank, i.e. there are no opposing pawns in front of it, blockading it on the same file nor engaging it on an adjacent file (diagonally). A passed pawn is ... 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 »

  • 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 »