Tim Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players. Ten Biographies

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Tim Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players. Ten Biographies

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Tim Harding porträtiert zehn bedeutende Viktorianische Schachspieler

This book portrays British chess life in the nineteenth century through biographical studies of ten players who shaped the modern game.

From Captain Evans, inventor of the famous gambit, to Isidor Gunsberg, England’s first challenger for the world championship, personal narratives are blended with game annotations to reassess players’ achievements and character.

The author has combined deep reading in primary sources with genealogical research to reveal new facts and correct previous misunderstandings. Major chapters on Howard Staunton and William Steinitz, in particular, highlight the tensions between Englishmen and immigrants, amateurs and professionals. The contrasting long careers of Henry Bird and Joseph Blackburne provide a thread of continuity.

The lives of several other important figures in Victorian chess are also presented. More than 160 games (with diagrams), several annotated in detail, and 50 photographs and line drawings are included. Appendices provide career records for all ten; there are extensive notes, a bibliography and indexes.

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Tim Harding played for Ireland at the 1984 FIDE chess olympiad in Thessaloniki, and is a Senior International Master of correspondence chess. A well-known writer on many aspects of chess, he was editor of Chess Mail magazine from 1996 to 2005.

Since 1996 he has contributed the monthly articles in "The Kibitzer" series at www.chesscafe.com. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.


Carl Portman:   This is a major work on the history of the top personalities from the period... Full of human interest ... I thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time and I really did learn so much. The games themselves are of great interest and show chess as it was played at the time..." British Chess Magazine reviewed the book in its July 2013 number, but it is not online. Among other favourable comments, they sais: I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Staunton - no saint - about whom much humbug, if not actual rubbish, has been written... This book is bursting with good things. What a brilliant book...

John Watson's:   Beyond the assiduous research, an outstanding feature of this book consists of the original portraits and 'major reassessments'... I've always been interested in Steinitz, and Harding's portrait of the first world champion is very original... The chapters on Evans and Gunsberg are incredibly well-researched and readable; I'm not a chess historian, but they strike me as the first time anyone has examined these players' lives and careers in anywhere near this detail... Surely this is one of the best and most accessible pieces of chess history ever written.

Adrian Harvey:    Harding has produced an excellent book that will be of immense assistance to scholars for a long time. Thorough research has created this richly footnoted text that is a delight to read. Generously illustrated and packed with source material... the book also contains entertaining annotated games... The book is written in an accessible style that is likely to appeal to the general reader.

Paul Kane:   A book that transports you back to the nineteenth century, to a time when London was the centre of the chess world... One does get here a very real sense of the tension between the British players...and the immigrants who had newly arrived from Europe... It is an excellent book, and an important one too.

The Chess Cafe:   In his final assessment, reviewer John D. Warth, said: These sketches of nineteenth century British chess players should both enlighten and enthrall... Readers with a penchant for chess history and historic games will gain respect for the vast information contained in these four hundred pages...Tim Harding is a fine researcher, author, and an eminent historian. This book is a fine guide to British Victorian chess and honors the contributions of these ten men immortalized between its covers.

John Elburg:   Certainly one of the most interesting chess books of the last 25 years!


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Bibliographische Angaben

Bibliographische Angaben

Produktart chess book: biography
Seitenzahl 406 pages, softcover. 61 photos, diagrams, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
EAN 9780786465682
ISBN 978-0-7864-6568-2
Maße (Länge x Breite) Nein
Gewicht in g 500 g ca.
Sprache Englisch
Autor/en Tim Harding
Herausgegeben 2012
Verlag McFarland, USA
Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage


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