Today is the birthday of François-André Danican Philidor - a French composer and chess master who was born on 7 September 1726. His contribution to chess was enormous - his manual was the main book for chess scholars for over a century, and his ideas are fundamental for modern chess.

How did you first hear his name? Was it Philidor Defense, Philidor position in the rook endgames, or perhaps Philidor's smothered mate?

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