Canadian Chess Newsletter - Profile - International - Issue #10

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Alexandre Deschapelles

Written by David Cohen

Alexandre Deschapelles (1780-1847) was the best chess player in France and the world between Philidor's death in 1795 and his loss to his student Bourdonnais in a match in 1821. Like the other two, he played chess for money at the Café de la Régence in Paris, France. Deschapelles was also an expert at the card game whist.

John Cochrane - Alexandre Deschapelles
Odds game, St. Cloud, 1821

Deschapelles announced mate in three moves from this position.

Diagram 1

23... Qf2+ 24. Bg2 Rxh3+ 25. Kxh3 Qh4#.


Source: The Oxford Companion to Chess by David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, Oxford University Press, 1984.