100th anniversary of the French Chess Federation unites chess historians

The French Chess Federation marks this year its 100th anniversary. Even in our current unusual situation, this is an event not to be missed, and on this occasion a special online event on chess history was organised, which grouped an impressive number of chess historians of a significant number of countries, including our vice-president Frank Hoffmeister. A number of our club members participated also in the event, which was greeted by the FIDE President Arkadi Dvorkovich and the presidents of the French and German chess federations.

The recording is available here, and here you can read a nice report of the event (in German). Presentations were done in French, English and Spanish, but this was never an obstacle to our communication (Gens una sumus!). Among others, you may listen to presentations dealing with the change of the chess rules in the verge of the Renaissance, with the very active chess life in Philidor’s time and in Paris in the XIX century, and with the life of Alexander Alekhine, who was a French citizen and represented France in a number of chess olympiads. Enjoy!

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