Emil Kemeny - A Life in Chess
340 pages, paperback, McFarland, 1. edition 2013
About the Book
Emil Kemeny appeared on the American chess scene in 1890, a Hungarian chess player on the Lower East Side who had difficulty with English. Within a decade he was considered one of the country’s finest chess players and writers. He dominated chess in both Philadelphia and Chicago, where he lived between 1893 and early 1906.
Congenial and modest, Kemeny was appreciated for his chess play and valued for the strong friendships he formed during his years in the United States. A tenacious competitor despite poor health, he fought Showalter for the national title, ran his own chess magazine, and provided detailed coverage of Monte Carlo 1903.
His chess career as player and writer is presented in detail. Common databases rarely include more than 35 of his games; this book has 227--sixty or more against Halpern, Hanham, Voigt, Showalter and Pillsbury--most with annotations; 361 diagrams. Forty additional period games, hundreds of source notes, tournament and match records, crosstables, a bibliography, and openings, player, and general indexes complete the work.
About the Author
John S. Hilbert is the author of a dozen books and more than 100 articles on chess history. He lives in Amherst, New York.
About the Author
003 A Note on Sources and Annotations
007 1. In Buda, in Pest...
016 2. A New York Reputation: 1890-1891
048 3. New York Master: 1891-1892
076 4. Philadelphia’s Finest
102 5. Domination: 1893-1895
142 6. Showalter-Kemeny: 1896 U.S. Championship Match
167 7. At the Franklin, and Two Summer Meetings
219 8. The Final Years in Philadelphia
253 9. Kemeny, Writer
282 10. St. Louis and Chicago
308 11. Back in Budapest
319 Appendix: "International Chess Tournaments" (1904)
325 Tournament and Match Record
335 Index to Openings--ECO Codes
336 Index to Kemeny’s Games by Opponent
337 Index to Others’ Games
338 General Index