The Café de la Régence in Paris was an important European centre of chess in the 18th and 19th centuries. All important chess masters of the time played there.

The famous chess match between Howard Staunton and Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant, on 16 December 1843, by Jean-Henri Marlet
Fictional depiction of the great chess masters of the time gathering to play at the café, Antti Favén [fi], 1902–1913

The Café's masters included, but are not limited to:



It was opened in 1681 as the Café de la Place du Palais-Royal, near the Palais-Royal, Paris. By the 18th century it was known as the Café de la Régence ("Regency Café").

  • In 1852 the café moved temporarily to hôtel Dodun, 21 Rue de Richelieu.
  • In 1854 the Café de la Régence moved to 161 Rue Saint-Honoré and remained there until it became a restaurant in 1910.
  • The chess players moved to the café de l'Univers in 1916.
  • The Office national marocain du tourisme (National Moroccan Tourist Office) took over the site in 1918.

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See also



  1. ^ Goldzink, Jean, XVIIIème siècle
  2. ^ While at their first meeting, a few years before, they were not very impreased with each other, the meeting at the Paris cafe was the start of their lifelong personal and political association. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1964-01-01). The Communist Manifesto. Pantheon Books – via Google Books.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Prideaux, Sue (2005). Edvard Munch - Behind the Scream. Yale University Press. p. 27.
  4. ^ Ylirotu, Jeremias; et al. (Metropoli Oy ( (2002). "Ainolan ensimmäiset vuodet 1904-1908". Retrieved 2016-05-11.



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