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The First Portents

Nikita Plaksin

Originally published in The RA Corner, Volume I
Translated by Nikolai Beluhov
Edited by Andrey Frolkin
March 2010

 

The history of retroanalysis started shortly before the famous "Indian problem" made its appearance... On August 24, 1844, the editor of Leipziger Illustrierte Zeitung published yet another chess humoresque N1. The author's cheerful opening move 1. gf+ was, however, only supported by a guileless literary sketch [...]

Note: The "Indian problem", published by Henry Loveday in 1845 in the Chess Player's Chronicle, is considered to be "the most famous of all chess problems" and the first problem to introduce the basic principles of modern chess composition.

 

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