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Chess was first introduced in Russia in 820 A.D.  Some scholars believe chess originated in Russia.  Ivory pieces that may have been used as chess pieces were discovered in Southern Uzbekistan and dated to the 2nd Century A.D.    The first Russian championship took place in Moscow in 1899, won by Chigorin.  Several players used pseudonyms because they did not want their employers to know they were spending their free time playing chess.  The first All-Russian Chess Federation was formed in 1914 with 65 members

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