Tim Krabbe's wonderful collection of far-fetched facts
from the history of the royal game. A truly entertaining
and often humorous site that you must visit.
Tournament and Match History
Glenn Giffen's useful site, complete with many PGN
files to download.
A rather complete history of the championship with
game files to download.
Dryad: California Chess History
Articles from old California chess magazines and a games
archive are featured here.
An active clearinghouse for chess historians and those
interested in seeing works in progress.
History by Larry Parr at World Chess Network
A useful introductory article on chess history with
a focus on great players and the development of the
Offers historical chess ratings of all the great players
Download files from historical "super"-GM events.
Grande Storia Degli Scacchi
A very thorough history of the great players of times
past. Includes many historical tournament crosstables,
photographs, and writings on Italian chess history.
History of the Chess Olympiads with downloads.
History of the National High School Chess Championship
A fascinating chronology, from 1969 to the present,
with details about the participants and some games
of Chess Olympiads
Great historical info, from the most recent olympiad
website. An impressive collection.
Articles from the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame site.
A dateline of chess-related events.
Notes by Edward Winter (now at Chess
The great chess historian (semi-emeritus) shares
his findings in a series of articles, formerly at Chess
Cafe. If you are into chess history, you'll want
to check back here often.
History: The Game is Afoot by Terry Crandall
Modern Chess, The Dawning of Enlightenment by Gary
Greatest Chessmasters by Ignacio Marin
Some opinionated but interesting history of Morphy
Poster Chess History by Chesmayne
An excellent chronicle and discussion of the many periods
of chess history, beginning with the origins and working
through the Renaissance, the Romantic era, the hypermodern
period, and our own era of professional tournament play.
Home to the John
G. White Chess and Checkers Collection, the Cleveland
Public Library is worth knowing about and visiting
if you are serious about chess history. At over 33,000
volumes devoted to chess and checkers, it is by far
the largest collection of its kind in the world.
History Group at Yahoo
Register to get history updates and chat.
Endgames - Chess Analyses - Jan van Reek
A wonderful collection of PGN files on historic tournaments
and matches (along with other cool stuff).
Chess History Discussion Board
Now part of the Google Groups, DejaNews Chess History
is the best place to talk about history or post a history
Greatest Masters by Ignacio Marin
Detailed biographies of Morphy and Steinitz (so far).
A list of historical tournaments and winners. Wish
it had crosstables and other details. But it is an
impressive effort from Nick Pope.
From the Chess Poster web site, short bios of the most
famous champions of the game.
Chess Variants from Chess
An incredibly thorough collection of rules on chess
variants through the ages is offered here. Check out
the story of Chaturanga
which was likely the original version of our game.
Keats - Chess Historian
A site devoted to the historical research of Professor
Keats, bibliophile and chess historian, with information
about his books and some short writings and extracts.
A page from the City College Chess Club devoted to all
of the world champions.
One of the longest-lived continuously operating chess
clubs in the world, the Marshall is a testament to the
longevity of the game in New York City and is worth
Tweed Whitaker and the Search for Historical Perspective
by John S. Hilbert
A really amazing piece of historical analysis, commentary,
and self-reflection by our leading chess journalist
in Chess (in Spanish and English)
A site devoted almost exclusively to the history of
chess in the 1970s. So it really isn't that "old"
in chess terms. But it has some good collections of
games and information on players.
Short biographies of selected great players.
the Origins of Chess
A European site in English devoted to tracing the starting
point of the game we call chess.
the Square, by John S. Hilbert and others
Articles on chess history and other matters -- including
pieces by the great chess historian John S. Hilbert.
See especially his well-known piece titled Stalking
the Blue-Eyed Chess Score.
Origin of Chess by Sam Sloan
The detective is on the case. An interesting essay with
excellent links to other resources (at the bottom of
the page) devoted to that ancient history retrograde
Home to the Eugene B. Cook chess collection, the second
largest in the U.S., Princeton is a "closed stack"
library that requires permission to access, so be sure
to call ahead about their policies before making the
Serendipitous Chess Page: Chess History
Has some good articles. Especially of interest is the
page devoted to Chess Automatons (given the recent publication
of The Turk, about Maelzel's Chessplayer) and
the biography of Morphy (which includes web-viewable