The Berlin Pleiades – a group of seven stars of German chess - Die Berliner Schule or Das Berliner Siebengestirn (die Plejaden) – in the 19th century, lasting 1837–43. They are named after the star constellation the Pleiades.
The members of the Berlin Pleiades were:
- Paul Rudolf von Bilguer, Army Lieutenant and author of the Handbuch des Schachspiels, the most influential chess book for 90 years;
- Dr. Ludwig Bledow, teacher of mathematics and the Pleiades co-founder;
- Wilhelm Hanstein, civil servant;
- Bernhard Horwitz, painter and chess professional;
- Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa, later became a Prussian diplomat and chess historian (he collected over 2000 books);
- Carl Mayet, barrister and judge;
- Carl Schorn, painter.
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- Hooper, David; Whyld, Kenneth (1992), "Pleiades", The Oxford Companion to Chess (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-280049-3
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