Alexandre Deschapelles

Alexandre Deschapelles
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The only known likeness of Deschapelles.
Full nameAlexandre Louis Honore Lebreton Deschapelles
Country France
Born(1780-03-07)March 7, 1780
Ville-d'Avray, France
DiedOctober 27, 1847(1847-10-27) (aged 67)
Paris, France
World Championc. 1800 – c. 1820 (Unofficial)

Alexandre Deschapelles (March 7, 1780 in Ville-d'Avray near Versailles – October 27, 1847 in Paris) was a French chess player who, between the death of François-André Danican Philidor and the rise of Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais, was probably the strongest player in the world. He was considered the unofficial world champion from about 1800—1820.[citation needed]

Family background

His parents were Louis Gatien Le Breton Comte des Chapelles, born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1741, and Marie Françoise Geneviève d'Hémeric des Cartouzières from Béziers in the south of France. Louis Gatien served as an officer in a dragoon regiment and later, through the influence of his close friend, the future admiral Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville, became an officer in the royal household (Maison du Roi) with a number of rooms near the king's chambers in the château of Versailles.[citation needed]

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