to learn everything (there was) to know about chess

redgiant

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Cantonese, Hong Kong
He only had half a game left to learn everything there was to know about chess.

Source: Bel Canto

There was a game of chess in progress. He, who had been standing beside to learn how to play, was going to play his first game next round.

Does the meaning alter if "there was" was left out? Does "there was " imply that everything can be learned in that very game? Thanks
 
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