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The History and The Culture of Chess
Andrei Davidovich Dadiani
Chess has been called the "Game of Kings." Throughout time chess has been played by Kings (Alphonse X), Queens (Victoria), Presidents (Jefferson, Lincoln), Dictators (Castro, Stalin) and a vast array of noblemen and titled aristocracy. Of all these privileged players, none displayed the talent and panache for the game as did Prince Dadian of Mingrelia.
Prince Andre Dadian of Mingrelia lived from 1850 to 1910. His chess career, such as it was, began around 1867. While there are only a very limited number of recorded games, several made it into prestigious chess publications and were annotated by such men as Steinitz and Tschigorin. Some of his recorded games teetered on brilliant; some were wild and undaunted; all of them deviously ingenious. Not just a player, Prince Dadian helped sponsor tournaments, most notably in Monte Carlo. Yet rumors and insinuations of irregularities plagued him. Though nothing has ever been proven definitively, he has been accused of creating some of his games, or of having them created, beforehand and paying his opponents to follow the script. Much of the criticism was possibly muted and diffused by the media which was the recipient of Dadian's generosity. But things reached a head at the 1903 tournament at Monte Carlo where Prince Dadian and Mikhail Tschigorin had an altercation.
This page doesn't claim to find the answers to the controversy that surrounded Prince Dadian, but rather to offer some accurate information for a better understanding of one of the most interesting figures in the history of chess.
A Bit of Background
Biographies of Prince Dadian
Cast of Characters
The Dadian Controversy
Monte Carlo 1903
Dadian: A Different Perspective
Michael Sicard - Prince Dadian of
Dadian of Mingrelia, Prince - Alexander Vladimirovich Solovtsov
Tarrasch & Hoffer vs. Pillsbury &
Chigorin at the Kiev Tournament of 1903
Memories of Chigorin
Note: The Russian names are given acceptable English transliterations, hopefully consistent throughout except where exact quotes dictate otherwise. Tschigorin is the German spelling of the more common Chigorin.
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