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Paul Rudolf von Bilguer

Paul Rudolf von Bilguer German chess player

German chess player
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Intro German chess player
A.K.A. Paul Rudolph von Bilguer
Was Chess player Military officer Writer Non-fiction writer
From Germany
Type Literature Military Sports
Gender male
Birth 21 September 1815, Ludwigslust, Germany
Death 16 September 1840, Berlin, Margraviate of Brandenburg (aged 25 years)
Star sign VirgoVirgo
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Rudolph von Bilguer

Paul Rudolf (or Rudolph) von Bilguer (21 September 1815 – 16 September 1840) was a German chess master and chess theoretician from Ludwigslust in the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Bilguer, who was a lieutenant in the Prussian army, was sent to Berlin on a course, where he met the six gifted German players with whom he formed a group that became known as the 'Berlin Pleiades'. He resigned his commission and devoted his time to chess. He was considered to be the most brilliant of the 'Pleiades' and was a good blindfold player.

To the modern chess world he is known above all as the co-author of the Handbuch des Schachspiels. He died at age 24, probably of tuberculosis, before finishing the Handbuch, but the work was completed by his friend Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa, who gave primary credit to Bilguer. The Handbuch was for many years considered the definitive reference work on the game of chess, and on openings in particular. It was a precursor to later standard opening reference works such as Modern Chess Openings and Encyclopedia of Chess Openings.

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