100 years French Chess Federation

For the occasion of 100 years anniversary of French Chess Federation, the International Conference for Chess History Publicite will take place on 20th of March 2021.

On 19 Macrh 1921, the French Chess Federation was founded. The Conference wishes to contribute to the celebration of its 100th birthday by exploring the significance of France as a chess nation for the development of chess in other European countries. To this effect, renown chess historians from France, Germany, England, Spain, Poland and the Czech Republic are invited to present their research on the topic.

The Conference will be held online via ZOOM on Saturday, 20 March 2020. Speakers will give their speeches before their screen at home, supported by a PowerPoint Presentation of around 20 minutes. All participants can follow the conference at the screen at home, by dialing into the specific Zoom-Link. Each presentation will be followed by a session with Questions and Answers with the participants.

Program of the Conference:

  • 9.00 Welcome by a representative of the French Chess Federation (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 Garcon)
  • 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)

Participation is open to the public free of charge. Anyone who wishes to register can send an e-mail to either Herbert Bastian (herbertbastian@freenet.de), Frank Hoffmeister (69.frank.hoffmeister@gmail.com) or Jean-Olivier Leconte (lecafedelaregence@free.fr).

International Conference for Chess History Publicité