(in English and French)

"France's contribution to the development of chess in Europe - the book on the conference"

On 20 March 2021, an 8-hour online conference was held in honour of the Fédération française des échecs (FFE), which had celebrated its 100th founding anniversary the day before. The revised lectures of the renowned chess historians from Spain, France, England, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany are now available in book form. Bound in fine linen, 304 generously illustrated pages illuminate the rich history of European and especially French chess from the end of the 15th to the middle of the 20th century. Herbert Bastian (Saarbrücken), Prof. Dr. Frank Hoffmeister (Brussels) and Jean-Olivier Leconte (Paris), experienced chess historians, are responsible for the editing.

Seven of the twelve lectures are written in English, five in French (English-language contributions contain a summary in French and vice versa). Some of the reflections deal with old manuscripts (MS Paris/DeLucia, Göttingen manuscript, MS Allemand ) as well as with Chapais' work rediscovered in 1990. Other contributions focus on the work of formative personalities such as Philidor, Deschapelles, Mouret, Kieseritzky, Harrwitz, Petroff, Rosenthal, Gromer and Alekhine. Two others deal with the formation of the FFE and its first 25 years. The articles are up to date and provide numerous new insights. The work, which fulfils scientific criteria, thus offers a well-founded introduction to recent chess history and provides numerous points of reference for those interested in chess history. It is published by Exzelsior Verlag Berlin, which recently proved its high standard with the Lasker trilogy.


007 Greetings from Arkady Dvorkovich

008 Greetings from Zurab Azmaiparachvili

009 Greetings from Ullrich Krause

010 Allocution de M. Yves Marek, Président ad interim de la Fédération Francaise des Échecs

025 Partie I: L'évolution des échecs en France

027 The Chapais Manuscript - Origin, author and significance for chess theory (Bastian)

063 Alexandre Louis Honoré Lebreton-Deschapelles : mythes et réalités (Baudrier/Leconte)

079 Jacques-François Mouret - the sad end of the foremost director of the chess automaton (Van Habberney)

089 Kieseritzky, Harrwitz et Rosenthal Les premiers joueurs professionnels étrangers en France (Hoffmeister)

113 Sleeping amidst their visions ... Polish chess players in France in the second half of 19th century (Lissowski)

129 Les échecs en France avant la Fédération Française des Échecs (Leconte)

143 Les 25 premières années de la Fédération Française des Échecs 1921-1946 (Bertola)

179 A letter, a child prodigy and an impoverished millionaire (Schulz)

189 Denis Teyssou Alekhine et la France

213 Partie II: La contribution de la France au développement des échecs dans le monde

215 Chess Connections between Spain and France in Early Modern Chess Documents (Garzón)

231 Philidor and British Chess 1750 - 1850 (Eales)

255 Alexander Dmitrievich Petroff : The Northern Philidor in Europe 1863 (Fiala)


272 Crédits photos

275 Index des noms de personnes

286 Index des sujets

296 Bibliographie/Bibliography

La France et son apport dans le jeu d\'échecs

Auteur / Author: Frank Hoffmeister/Herbert Bastian/Jean Olivier Leconte
Pagina's / Pages: 304
Uitgever / Publisher: Exzelsior Verlag
Jaar / Year: 2022
Type: Hardcover