Chess in 1778
by Bill Wall, 2021

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In 1778, Giambatatista Verci wrote Lettere sopra il Giuoco degli Scacchi (Letters on Chess), published in Venice.

In 1778, Hoyle's Games was updated to include a longer chess article.

In 1778, an edition of Marco Girolamo Vida's (1485-1566) chess book was translated into English.

On May 27, 1778, John Adams complained in his diary about Benjamin Franklin, writing "He died out almost every night and afterward, played chess."

On May 30, 1778, Voltaire (1694-1778) died. He was a chess player.

On July 2, 1778, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) died. He was an ardent chess player.

In 1778, Thomas Jefferson found his way to a chess club in Paris. He was beaten so bad in several games that he never went back.

In 1778, Benjamin Franklin set up a printing foundry in Passy, France. He later reworked his "The Morals of Chess," in 1778 and printed his new version on his new press a few months later. [source: Yale University Press, The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol 29]

In 1778, Walker's Art of Chess Play was published, giving the rules of chess. In his book, the word "piece" included the pawn.

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