One round of the 1907 World Chess Championship match was played in Washington, with World Champion Emanuel Lasker and his challenger Frank Marshall hosted by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt before the start of the game.
Oscar Shapiro, who won D.C. championship titles in the 1940’s and the 1990’s, is the oldest American ever to earn the title of master for the first time. We’ve chronicled his playing career and his many contributions to local chess.
The following nuggets of history are not specific to the Washington area, but our students typically find them interesting nonetheless.
For centuries, chess players from novices to grandmasters have competed for the favor of Caissa, the Goddess of Chess. Who is she, and how did she become such a big piece of the chess cultural lexicon? Here is what we know.
Benjamin Franklin was a pioneer and innovator in many diverse fields, from politics to science to philosophy….to chess. This Founding Father of the United States was also the first chessplayer in the Thirteen Colonies that we know by name. (Franklin page coming soon!)