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Eminent Victorian Chess Players: Ten Biographies
by Tim Harding (Goodreads Author)
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 ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 30th 2012 by McFarland & Company
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Actually published in April 2012. It's a flexicover NOT library binding. I am the author. My best book, I think: reliable sourced history but also designed to be enjoyably readable, even if you skip the chess games. Also includes many rare photographs. The chapters could be read out of sequence though you will get more out of it if you go from start to finish.
If you want to learn about the Victorian era of chess or the names; William Davies Evans, Howard Staunton, John Jacob Löwenthal, Henry Edward Bird, Arthur Bolland Skipworth, William Steinitz, Joseph Henry Blackburne, Johannes Herman Zukertort, Amos Burn, Isidor Arthur Gunsberg, mean anything to you, then I would HIGHLY recommend reading this work.
Timothy David Harding was born in London in 1948, and started playing competitive chess while at school. After reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford, he was caught up in the Bobby Fischer boom and started playing chess at a quite high level and writing on the game (mostly under the byline T. D. Harding). Tim's latest book "Eminent Victorian Chess Players: Ten Biographies" was publis ...moreMore about Tim Harding...