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Adolf Albin in America


278 pages, paperback, McFarland, 1. edition 2014, first edition 2008

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Adolf Albin, a Romanian-born chess master of German origins, was renowned in epoque for his originality, eccentric and dashing playing style, aggressiveness and edgy character. Through previously unpublished data, tournament reports, newspaper articles, consultation games this work covers Albin's brief but highly significant period spent in New York, 1893-1895, with details on his life and chess career.

78 photos, 130 games, diagrams, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes, 286pp. library binding (7 x 10) 2008

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Olimpiu G. Urcan is a frequent contributor to New in Chess and pens a monthly chess history column at He lives in Singapore, where he works as an education consultant.

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Weight 515 g
Manufacturer McFarland
Width 18,5 cm
Height 26 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2014
Author Olimpiu G. Urcan
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-0786495696
Year of First Edition 2008
Pages 278
Binding paperback
Photos 78

001 Foreword by Neil Brennen

003 Introduction


007 1. A Tale of Disenchantment: The Columbian Chess Congress, 1893

025 2. Sailing to America, July 1893

036 3. The Match with Albert B. Hodges, August 1893

046 4. The Impromptu International Tournament, September-October 1893

067 5. The City Chess Club Tournament, December 1893

077 6. The Match with Eugene Delmar, February 1894

084 7. The Staats-Zeitung Cup, August 1894

096 8. Another City Chess Club Tournament, October-November 1894

108 9. The Match with J.W. Showalter, September 1894

119 10. A Guest of Philadelphia, February 1895

129 11. Three Months in New Orleans, March-May 1895

138 12. Sailing Back to Europe, July 1895


241 Appendix A. Adolf Albin: Master of Opening Innovation

264 Appendix B. Albin’s Results in America, July 1893 to June 1895 (Crosstables)

266 Appendix C. Albin’s Lifetime Tournament and Match Record (Crosstables)

269 Selected Bibliography

271 Index of Players (to Part II Game Numbers)

272 Index of Supplementary Games and Positions

273 Index of Illustrations

274 Index of Openings

276 General Index

*Games numbered 120-130 are in Appendix A.

"A sparkling book (...) well-researched"

The Washington Post

A very interesting book(...) Thorough and comprehensive (...) with its plethora and drawings and photos, and stories of other chess masters of that era, the book conveys the atmosphere of late 19th century chess in New york and elsewhere. An excellent work which we can highly recommend."

British Chess Magazine

Splendid research (...) Books like this belong in every chess library. Fascinating!"

John Elburg (

"The vast majority of games and information in this book will be absolutely new and fresh to nearly every reader (...) The depth of research is very impressive (...) A real treasure trove (...) One of the best chess books of the year"


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