Chessopedia: Online Chess Encylopedia


  • Balinas, Rosendo

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    Rosendo Carreon Balinas, Jr. (1941-1998) was a Philippine lawyer and Grandmaster (1976) who was Asia’s best player in the 1960s.  He was born on September 10, 1941 in Manila, Philippines.  He learned how to play chess at the age of 7, but di... 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 »

  • Paulsen, Louis

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    Louis Paulsen (1833-1891) was the second prize winner (after Paul Morphy) in the first American Chess Congress in 1857.  He was born in Germany but emigrated to America in 1854 with his family and established a distillery and a tobacco trade ... Read More »

  • Saint-Amant, Pierre

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    Pierre Saint-amant (1800-1872) was the leading French player after the death of Bourdonnais.  He was secretary to the Governor of French Guiana but was dismissed after he protested abouth the slave trade.  In 1823, he entered the wholesa... Read More »

  • Webb, Simon

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    Simon Webb (1949-2005) was an International Master (1977) and Correspondence Grandmaster (1983).  In 1966 he won the British Under-18 championship.  In 1969 he tied for 1st place (with Richard Eales) in the British Universities’ Ch... Read More »

  • Ardaman, Miles

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    Miles Ardaman, born Dec 28, 1963, is a FIDE master.  He won the Florida State Championship in 1986 and 1987.  He was Texas champion in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1997.  In 1998, 1999, and 2001, he won the South Carolina State Champ... Read More »

  • Aaltio, Erkki

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    Erkki Aaltio was born on September 16, 1935, in Hanko, Finland. He participated in the World Under 26 Championship in 1957. In 1957, 1959, and 1961, he represented Finland in the World Student Team Chess Championships (winning 2, drawing 7, and... Read More »

  • Demonstration board

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    The first demonstration board was designed in 1857 by Lowenthal. The first use of a demonstration board in a World Championship match was for the Steinitz-Zukertort match in 1886. Read More »

  • de Groot, Adrian

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    Adrian de Groot (1914-2006) was a Dutch psychologist and chess master who did the first psychological enquiry into the minds of chess players.  His 1965 book, Thought and Choice in Chess, showed the different abilities of masters and amateurs... Read More »

  • Finn, Julius

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    Julius Finn (71-1931) was the New York State chess champion in 1901 (first prize was $40), 1907, and 1908 (winning the Rice Trophy for winning the State Chess Championship three time).  At one time, he was director of the Manhattan Chess Club... Read More »