Conference: The French Chess Federation celebrates 100 year jubilee

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2/18/2021 – 100 years ago, on 19 March 1921, the French Chess Federation (Fédération Française des Échecs) was founded in Paris. To mark the jubilee, an international Zoom conference will be held on 20 March 2021, with a series of presentations examining the influence chess in France had on the development of chess in other countries. Participation in the conference is free and open to the public.

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100 Years French Chess Federation: The Importance of France for the Development of Chess in Other European Countries

I. Introduction

On 19 March 1921, the French Chess Federation was founded. The conference aims to contribute to the celebration of the 100th anniversary by examining the importance of France as a chess nation for the development of chess in other European countries. To this end, renowned chess historians from France, Germany, England, Spain, Poland and the Czech Republic will present their research on this topic.

II. Time and venue

In view of the COVID 19 pandemic, the conference itself will be held online via ZOOM on Saturday, 20 March 2021. Speakers will give their presentations in front of their home screens, supported by a Power Point presentation of approximately 20 minutes. All participants can follow the conference on their home screen by logging into the respective Zoom link. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the participants.

III. Program

Saturday, 20 March 2021

9.00 Welcome by a representative of the French Chess Association (Yves Marek, President ad interim)

9.15 The Chapais Manuscript: Origin, Author and Significance for Chess Theory (Herbert Bastian)

10.00 Deschappelles – Mythes et Réalités (Pierre Baudrier)

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 L’organisation des échecs en France avant la création de la Fédération nationale en 1921 (Jean-Olivier Leconte)

11.45 Kieseritzky, Harrwitz, Rosenthal - the first foreign chess professionals in France (Frank Hoffmeister, confirmed)

12.30 Sleeping amidst their visions: Polish chessplayers - students, emigrants, refugees and professionals in France in the second half of the XIX century (Tomasz Lissowski)

Lunch Break

14.00 Chess Connections between Spain and France (José Antonio Garzón)

14.45 The Role of Philidor and his successors for British Chess (Richard Eales)

15.30 Coffee Break

16.00 Alexander Petroff - The northern Philidor (Vlastimil Fiala)

16.45 Alekhine en France (Dennis Teyssou)

17.30 Conclusions and Future Research (Jean-Olivier Leconte, Herbert Bastian, Frank Hoffmeister)

IV. Participation

Participation is open to the public and free of charge. If you want to register, please send a mail to Herbert Bastian (, Frank Hoffmeister ( or Jean-Olivier Leconte (


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