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Kuhns, Maurice

Maurice Kuhns (1859-1949) was an organizer and president of the National Chess Federation (NCF) from 1926 to 1939.  In 1939, the NCF merged with the American Chess Federation (ACF) to form the US Chess Federation (USCF).  Kuhns was made president emeritus of the USCF.  He was also a vice-president of FIDE.  In the 1920s, he devised a special telegraph cable code for the transmission of chess moves.  It was called the Kuhns Cable Chess Code and was used in the 1926 London-Chicago Inter-city cable match.  He was one of the first Certified Public Accountants in the U.S.  In 1933, he directed an outdoor chess match on a giant chessboard at the New York World’s Fair.  32 men and women in medieval costume served as pieces.

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