Chess in 1811
by Bill Wall

In 1811, Johann Baptist Allgaier (1763-1823) wrote Neue Theoretisch, pratische Anweisung zum Schachspiele published in Vienna. It was the first time that chess openings were written in tabular form.

In 1811, the last known copy of the 1st Practical Chess Book dating from 1495 was destroyed.

In 1811, Eugene Rose de Beauharnais (1781-1824), Napoleon's stepson, bought The Turk automaton for 30,000 francs.

On March 19, 1811, Josef Kling was born in Mainz. He was a chess composer and pioneer endgame analyst.

On August 3, 1811, Wilhelm Hanstein was born in Berlin. He helped found the magazine Deutsche Schachzeitung. The Hanstein Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.O-O h6) is name after him. He was one of the Berlin Pleiades. He died in 1850 at the age of 39.

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