Chessopedia: Online Chess Encylopedia


  • Karpov, Anatoly

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    Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov, born May 23, 1951, in Zlatoust, Russia, was the 12th World Chess Champion (1975-1985). Karpov was the first world champion to win the title without playing a chess match.  He was awarded the title in 1975 when Bobby ... Read More »

  • Sicilian, Kan Variation

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    The Kan Variation of the Sicilian Defence arises after the moves 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 a6.  Black creates a bed of thorns with his pawns to prevent the invasion of white's knights. Read More »

  • Gelfand, Boris

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    Boris Gelfand is a Grandmaster (1989) from Belorussia who moved to Israel.  In 1988 he tied for first in the World Junior Championship.  In 1995 he lost to Karpov in the Candidates final match.  He has won two Interzonals (1990 at M... Read More »

  • Dake, Arthur

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    Arthur W. Dake (1910-2000) became a bridge toll collector, then a highway auto controller, and finally an automobile inspector for the state of Oregon after serving in the merchant marines when he was 16.  He learned how to play chess at age 17 ... Read More »

  • Pin

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    A pin is a chess fundamental, where a piece is immobolized because it stands between its king (or a more valuable piece) and an attacking enemy piece.   Pins often put the immobolized piece in danger of capture.  Read More »

  • Cambridge-Oxford University Chess Club Match

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    Longest running annual match in chess.  The traditional series began in 1873 with the help of future world champion Wilhelm Steinitz (won by Oxford University 10-3).  The univerisities actually started playin in 1871, but the early matches were ... Read More »

  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... Read More »

  • Malta

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    The first recorded chess game in Malta was in 1880.  Leone Benjacar wrote chess articles for the Daily Malta Chronicle in 1880 and created the Malta Chess Club.  The Maltese Chess Association was formed in 1923.   The first off... Read More »

  • Algebraic notation

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    This article is about Algebric notation.First we will talk about what the pieces mean: K=king Q=queen R=rook B=bishop N=knight when pawns move,only the destination square is described. Here is an example of an opening with algebric notation... Read More »

  • Bronstein, David

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    David Ionovich Bronstein (1924-2006) was a Grandmaster (1950) and winner of the first, and strongest,  Interzonal in 1948 at Saltsjobaden  who survived an assassination attack during the tournament.  On the last day Bronstein was pl... Read More »