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This libguide provides an overview for the chess activities at Berkeley and tips for playing chess
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Chess history

Chess originated in India in the 6th century AD

Chess spread to Persia in the 7th century AD

Chess enters the Muslim world after the Arabic conquest of Persia in the 7th century AD

Chess dissiminates in Russia and Western Europe in the 9th century AD

The first championship match was played by Wilhelm Steinitz vs Johannes Zukertort in 1886

After winning the match Steinitz was announced the first World Chess Champion

The current champion is Viswanathan Anand (2007 - present)

In November 2013 Anand will defend his championship in a match against the Norwegian progidy Magnus Carlsen



Chess Champions


The names of the Chess Champions and when they reigned

Steinitz (1886-94)                      Lasker (1894-21)             Kapablanka (1921-27)

Alekhine (1927-35, 1937-46)  Euwe (1935 -37)               Botvinnik (1948 - 57, 58-60, 61-63)

Smyslov (1957-58)                    Tal (1960-61)                     Petrosian (1963-69)

Spassky (1969-72)                    Fischer (1972-75)             Karpov (1975-85)

Kasparov (1985-2000)              Kramnik (2000 - 2007)    Anand (2007 - present)

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