Chessopedia: Online Chess Encylopedia


  • 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 »

  • Bishop

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    The origin of the name of the chess bishop is obscure.  It was introduced in the 15th century, taking the move of the courier and placed where the alfil used to be at the set up of the chess pieces on a chessboard.  The appearance of the... 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Newnes, George

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    George Newnes (1851-1910) was a newspaper and magazine publisher (Tit-Bits, Review of Reviews, and Country Life).   In 1892 he published The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.  He helped finance the early days of m... Read More »

  • Dorfman, Josif (Iosif )

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    Josif Davidovich Dorfman, born May 1, 1953, is a Ukrainian trainer and Grandmaster (1978) who was Kasparov’s second for four World Championships.  He tied for 1st place (with Gulko) in the USSR championship in 1977.  He later moved... Read More »

  • Dzindzichashvili, Roman Yakovlevich

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    Roman Dzindzichashvili a well known grandmaster of Soviet origin (peak rating 2703), was born on May 5, 1944. In 1976, he emigrated to Israel where in 1977 he won the 1977 Israeli Championship and gained the grandmaster title in 1979.  That ... Read More »