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François-André PHILIDOR

French François-André PHILIDOR

born François-André DANICAN PHILIDOR

French chess player and composer

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Born: on September 07, 1726 in Dreux, France
Died: on August 31, 1795 in London, England


Biography

François-André Danican Philidor was born to his father’s second wife, Elizabeth Le Roy, whom he wed in 1719 when she was 19 years old and he 72. When François-André was born, his father was 79 years old; he died 4 years later and left his son fatherless.

Philidor joined the Royal choir of Louis XV in 1732 at the age of six, and made his first attempt at the composition of a song at the age of 11. It was said that Louis XV wanted to listen to the choir almost every day, and the singers, while waiting for the king to arrive, played chess to relieve their boredom; this may have sparked Philidor's interest in chess.

He was regarded as the best chess player of his age, although the title of World Chess Champion was not yet in existence. Philidor's book Analyse du jeu des Échecs was considered a standard chess manual for at least a century.

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- Category Composer