Deschappelles, Alexandre

Deschappelles, Alexandre

(Alexandre Louis Honoré Lebreton Deschapelles), 1780–1847, French chess player, b. Ville d'Avray. Considered the world champion chess player from about 1815 to 1821, he was famous for the stakes games he played at the Café de la Regence in Paris. His most celebrated matches were victories scored in 1821 against John Cochrane, and he was the teacher of Louis de la BourdonnaisBourdonnais, Louis de la
(Louis-Charles Mahé de la Bourdonnais), 1795–1840, French chess player, b. La Réunion. A pupil of Alexandre Deschappelles, he defeated his mentor in 1821 and from then until his death was considered chess's unofficial world champion.
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, who succeeded him as chess champion. Deschapelles, who had a remarkable aptitude for all manner of games, was also a champion whistwhist,
card game for four players, those on opposite sides of the table being partners. The full pack of 52 cards is dealt. The dealer's last card is turned up to indicate trump, and after he draws this card in hand, the player on the left of the dealer leads.
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 player.
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