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Use this tag for questions relating to the history of chess and chess organizations, whose origins trace to the ancient Indian game of Chaturanga.

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How did the Omaha Gambit get its name?

I was recently playing the Vienna Gambit as white on chess.com and was surprised to see a variation called the "Omaha gambit." [Title "Vienna Game: Omaha Gambit"] [StartPly "5&...
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Russian chess school maxim: draw after loss (?)

I seem to remember a maxim attributed to the Russian chess school, "after two losses, draw the next game (however good the position may seem)". Does somebody know the exact saying and to ...
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What exactly happened between Georg Meier and Elisabeth Paehtz / the German chess federation?

Today in chess news is German GM Georg Meier transferring to the Uruguayan chess federation. Meier alleges a dispute with fellow German player Elisabeth Paehtz, and a lack of support from the German ...
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England team win senior 50+ world team championships and all the board golds - first time ever?

In this year's FIDE World Senior Team 50+ Championship the England team won the tournament and won all four board gold medals: England 1, headed by Michael Adams and Nigel Short, won all four matches ...
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History of private sponsorship of GM titles

According to this chess.com article "Jeanne Sinquefield Offers Historic $100,000 Awards To New Female Grandmasters In U.S" In a groundbreaking initiative to support women's chess, Saint ...
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Where to find cross table for 1956 Thanksgiving weekend Eastern Open?

Berliner won this tournament. Chess life/review reported it. Newspapers reported it. The Eastern Open in 1956 was Thanksgiving weekend in the YMCA in DC. Berliner won it. Rossolimo, Lombardy, ...
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What do the flags 'i', 'ie', 'in', 'n', 'w', 'wi', 'win', 'wn' mean in old FIDE rating lists?

I'm going through some old rating lists https://ratings.fide.com/download.phtml?period=2001-01-01 to be precise and came across these flags 'i', 'ie', 'in', 'n', 'w', 'wi', 'win', 'wn' I know that i = ...
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What is the actual and/or expected effect of the pandemic shutdowns on ratings?

As we're all aware, many over-the-board tournaments were canceled in the past couple of years. Some of them are coming back now, but many ratings are outdated. For example, in a recent tournament, one ...
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Ossip Bernstein's Game

I just came to know about the story of the great chessmaster Ossip Bernstein about how he was offered to play a game of chess to save his life (details here). My question is, is that game available ...
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What was the first brilliant move ever recorded?

I was wondering what the first brilliant move ever recorded was. This is based on Chess.com's modern definition of a brilliant move.
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Who is the highest rated player to play in the World Junior

As the title says who is the highest FIDE rated player to play in the World Juniors in any year (rating at the time of playing the tournament). In 2024 it was 2627 but 2700chess shows more than 10 ...
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Photo of Marcus Kann?

Does anyone know if this photo is in fact Marcus Kann? Are there any better photographs that exist of him?
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Why didn't/don't all chess armageddon have auction?

Quote: Armageddon Chess is a fair tie-break system only if the two players bid for how much time Black should have. Foolishly most times I see Armageddon specified there is no bidding. Instead the ...
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Largest round robin ever?

First, I myself played several large (20+) blitz round robins, this is nothing unusual. Thus: only "long" games. Second, oversize round robins were quite common in the good old days (maybe ...
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Chess960 castling controversy in the 2019 WFRCC: Where can I see the original Nepo vs Wesley So game?

Apparently in the 5th game Ian Nepomniachtchi originally had to play 13. Rf1 instead of 13. 0-0 but then they allowed Nepo to replay the whole game. The ff is the replay game: https://lichess.org/...
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Hikaru on chess960: Have there been more Najdorf or Dragon games in the past decade?

From Wikipedia: Hikaru in 2014 on chess960: (emphasis added) I think chess960 is great as it is simply pure intuition and understanding without theory or computers. In my opinion, a lot depends on ...
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Record total number of chess games by a player

I just read in a chess mag that Korchnoi holds the record with 5000+ documented games. I'm a bit sceptic about that - should I a) ever electronically document my games (currently they are just a ...
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Roulette as tiebreak in 1983 candidates

From What are some cases where a drawn match went to the player w/ more black wins? : In the 1980 – 1981 candidates, where Lajos Portisch, as black, beat Boris Spassky in the 1st game of their ...
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What happens if drawn matches are decided by black wins (if any)?

In some round robins or swiss, there are score tiebreakers based on black wins, like the 2022 Accentus Chess960 tournament and the 2023 USCC. Never mind those. My question is for knockouts. Obviously ...
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