Chessopedia: Online Chess Encylopedia


  • New Zealand

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    In 1863, the first New Zealand chess club, the Dunedin Chess Club, was formed.  In 1879, the first New Zealand Chess Championship was  held.  The winner was 55-year old Henry Hookham (1824-1898) of Christchurch.  The next ... Read More »

  • Adamski, Jan

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    Jan Adamski, born in Warsaw on Nov 11, 1943, is a Polish International Master (1976).  He was Polish Champion in 1982.  He represented Poland in the 1968, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, and 1984 chess Olympiads.  His best ELO rating was 2470 in 1977. Read More »

  • Anastasian, Ashot

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    Ashot Anastasian, born July 16, 1964, is a Grandmaster from Armenia.   He won the Championship of Armenia in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994, and 2005.  His current Elo rating is 2555.  His peak Elo rati... Read More »

  • GMA

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    Grandmasters Association, founded in 1987 by Garry Kasparov and Bessel Kok to give a voice to grandmasters that were dissatisfied with FIDE.  The GMA was succeeded in 1993 by the Professional Chessplayers Association (PCA).    ... Read More »

  • Magazines, chess

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    The first magazine devoted entirely to chess was Le Palamede, founded by La Bourdonnais in 1836.  The first English chess magazine, The Philidorian, was edited by George Walker in 1838.  The oldest existing chess magazine in the world is... Read More »

  • Telegraph

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      The first telegraph match was played between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore in  November, 1844, linked by the first American telegraph.  In 1845, Staunton and Hugh Kennedy, playing from Gosport, Portsmouth Harbor, played two telegraph gam... Read More »

  • Teletype

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    The first transoceanic teletype match occurred in 1963 between Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.  Sydney won.  The first time an international tournament game was played by teletype was on Aug 25, 1965 when Bobby Fischer playe... Read More »

  • de Vere, Cecil

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    Cecil Valentine Brown, later known as Cecil de Vere, was born in February 14 (Valentine’s Day), 1845.  In 1857, at the age of 12, he was taught who to play chess by a strong London player, Francis Burden (1830-1882).  In 1859, he j... Read More »

  • Jaenisch, Karl (Carl) Friedrich von

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    Karl Jaenisch (1813-1872) was a Russian chess player and analyst.  In 1842 he gave the name to the French Defense (1.e4 e6) and the Center Game (1.e4 e5 2.d4) in his book Analyse Nouvelle des ouvertures du jeu des Echecs.  He was a Major... Read More »

  • Niemeijer, Meindert

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    Meindert Niemeijer (1902-1987) was a Dutch lawyer, banker, managing director of an insurance company, chess historian and International Master for Chess Composition.  He collected over 7,000 chess books for the Royal Hague Library for over 40... Read More »