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Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland

433 pages, paperback, McFarland, 1. edition 2011.

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Exploring a bygone aspect of intellectual sport, this book details the history of British and Irish correspondence chess from the first formal match between Edinburgh and London in 1824 well into the 1980s, the most successful period in British correspondence chess. It traces the development of postal chess, including the growth of regional and national chess associations after World War I; the dawn of game-changing technologies such as the telegraph, the telephone, radio, and fax machines; the earliest transatlantic matches between the U.S. and the U.K.; the founding of the International Correspondence Chess Association in 1945; and the breaking of the Soviet monopoly on the world team championship in 1982, the final act of the joint Great Britain team before Scotland and Wales obtained separate membership in the International Correspondence Chess Federation. Appendices list tournament champions; I.C.C.F. title holders; known club matches; and excerpts from rules and other documents. Extensive notes, bibliography and indexes.

Tim Harding (Ph.D., University of Dublin, 2009) is a Senior International Master of correspondence chess, and played on the Irish team at the 1984 FIDE chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki, Greece. He lives in Dublin.

Language English
Author Harding, Tim
Publisher McFarland
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 760 g
Width 17.8 cm
Height 25.5 cm
Pages 433
ISBN-13 978-0786445530
Year of Publication 2011
Binding paperback

001 Preface and Acknowledgments

006 Abbreviations

006 Annotation Symbols

007 1. Capital Letters: Edinburgh versus London, 1824-1828

028 2. Heyday of the Inter-Club Matches

050 3. Penny Post and Private Matches

064 4. Moves Over the Wires: Chess Adopts Technology

078 5. The Earliest Postal Tournaments, 1853 to 1870

095 6. Changing Times: The 1870s and 1880s

114 7. "A Battle at Long Range": The United Kingdom versus the United States, 1877-1881

127 8. The Growth of Tournaments, 1870 to 1897

161 9. Scottish Correspondence Chess to 1918

177 10. Irish and Welsh Correspondence Chess to 1918

195 11. The English Scene, 1890 to 1918

222 12. From One War to the Next, 1918 to 1939

246 13. Correspondence Chess During World War II

261 14. International Revival, 1946 to 1951

273 15. Domestic Competitions, 1946 to 1970

294 16. Crisis and Resolution: Britain and the International Correspondence Chess Federation, 1951 to 1971

308 17. The Home Front: The 1970s and 1980s

330 18. Growth and Success, 1972 to 1982

343 19. Becoming World Champions

355 Appendix I. Matches Between Clubs

365 Appendix II. Lists of Champions

375 Appendix III. Excerpts from Rules and Other Documents

386 Appendix IV. British and Irish Holders of I.C.C.F. Titles

389 Chapter Notes

409 Select Bibliography

413 Index of Images

413 Index of Opponents

415 Index of Openings by Name

415 Index of Openings by ECO Code

416 General Index

Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland