Legall de Kermeur, François Antoine de (1702–1792)

Kermer Sire de Legal. Picture by Chessgames (


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Alternative first name spellings: Kermur Sire de Légal.
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Description: Legall de Kermeur was one of the best chess players in France. He is famous for the checkmate that bears his name: Legal Checkmate. It is said of Légal that he was an excellent combinative player. He was world chess champion and mentor to François-André Danican Philidor.
Sex: Male. Occupation: Chess player. 
Place of Birth / Death: Versailles, France / Paris, France. Country Tags: France.
Centuries: XVIII. Title: –
World Champion: 1730. School: –
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External links



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