During 2019, the Encyclopedia MusiChess has published more than 250 musicians and chess players profiles. That’s why we want to make a brief summary about the strengths of the work done.
The new Encyclopedia MusiChess was created at the end of 2017 like a cultural project. We wanted to realize a biographic collection of featured musicians and professional chess players who deserve a place in the history. This cultural dissemination project has been expanded in this two years and now includes Mind Sports players, musical software, chess engines, and other characters related with music and chess.
We have completed 138 musician profiles from all historical centuries, and 155 profiles about the most important professional chess players like Chess World Champions (both current and historical players) and 32 Mind Sports players. In the same way, we have also included 12 profiles related to technological field, with musical software and chess engines like Houdini or Fritz. In addition, we want to maintain the main objective of providing World Music profiles, making that every country has a musical representation in MusiChess Encyclopedia. For that reason, we have published 61 profiles of musicians from around the world until now. Beside this, we also given a mythological aspect within the profiles of Caissa and Euterpe.
We know that it’s absolutely necessary to give importance to the women composers, chess and Mind Sports players. The role of women in these areas has been crucial, but sometimes they don’t appear in books and have been unfairly erased from history. Thus, we have wanted to emphasize brilliant women who have dedicated their lives to these aspects by making a great effort in their work. Famous chess masters such as Sofía Polgar, Yifan Hou, Kateryna Lagno, and composers like Maria Barbara Bach or Santa Hildegarda de Bingen who have been eclipsed, hidden and removed from history. Currently, we have published 51 women’s profiles, including prominent chess players, great composers and worldwide renowned artists. Our intention is to expand this number due to the big influence that these biographies can give to the society.
Apart from this, notable profiles include some of the most famous composers of classical music, such as W. A. Mozart, L. W. Beethoven, F. J. Haydn, F. Chopin and J. S. Bach, as well as the most prominent musician members from latter. Beside the most famous chess players, we have posted Grand Masters such as Lajos Portisch, Bobby Fischer, José Raúl Capablanca, Mikhail Tal, Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen and Anatoly Karpov. Likewise some less commonly known musicians from around the world have stood out, such as Mighty Gabby, originally from the Barbados Islands, Kazi Nazrul Islam from Bangladesh, Ahlam, from Bahrain, or the Bhutese Buddhist Lama Gyurme.
Our short-term future aim is to expand the current information thanks to our knowledge in music and chess as well as going on with the research process. We are going to improve the webcasting methods to make known for the general public great professionals who have dedicated their lives at music, chess or arts, always with the professionally and seriousness that the culture requires.