Steinitz in London: A Chess Biography with 623 Games

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McFarland, Jul 17, 2020 - Games & Activities - 421 pages
Drawing on new research, this biography of William Steinitz (1836-1900), the first World Chess Champion, covers his early life and career, with a fully-sourced collection of his known games until he left London in 1882. A portrait of mid-Victorian British chess is provided, including a history of the famous Simpson's Divan. Born to a poor Jewish family in Prague, Steinitz studied in Vienna, where his career really began, before moving to London in 1862, bent on conquering the chess world. During the next 20 years, he became its strongest and most innovative player, as well as an influential writer on the game. A foreigner with a quarrelsome nature, he suffered mockery and discrimination from British amateur players and journalists, which eventually drove him to immigrate to America. The final chapters cover his subsequent visits to England and the last three tournaments he played there.
 

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Contents

13 Last Visits to England18951899
321
Match and Tournament Record
347
Dubious and Spurious Games
348
Extracts from Steinitzs Review of Wormalds Chess Openings 1875
350
First Ink War of 18761877
352
Leaving The Field 1882
359
Steinitzs Grievances 1883
364
Steinitz Hits BackExtracts from His International Chess Magazine Column
366

3 The Greco of the Present Time 18621863
63
4 Quiet Years 18641865
100
5 Dethroning Anderssen 1866
118
6 Paris and Dundee 1867
149
7 Difficult Years 18681871
171
8 Big Successes 18721873
198
9 Development and Crises18741876
230
10 Absent from the Board18771881
257
11 A Champion Returnsand Departs 1882
281
12 Farewell to London 1883
304

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Tim Harding played for Ireland at the 1984 FIDE chess olympiad in Thessaloniki. He is a FIDE Candidate Master and a Senior International Master of correspondence chess. A well-known writer on many aspects of chess, Tim is a former editor of Chess Mail magazine and for almost 20 years he contributed monthly articles in “The Kibitzer” series at www.chesscafe.com. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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