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Stamma, Philip

Philip Stamma (1705-1770?) was a chess player and author from Aleppo (Haleb), Syria.  He was an interpreter of Oriental languages to the British government.  In 1737 he published Essai sur le Jeu d-Echecs.   The book was a collection of 100 endgames.  It was the first chess book to use algebraic notation (a=QR, b=QN, c=QB, etc).  In 1745 he published The Noble Game of Chess.  It was a collection of 100 endgames with 74 openings added to it.  In London, he was one of the strongest chess players at Slaughter’s Coffeehouse.  In 1747 he lost to Philidor in a match played at Slaughters.

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