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Julius Finn

271 pages, clothbound, McFarland, 2010.

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Julius Finn was born in Russian Poland, and came to New York in 1887 at the age of 16. From a humble start as a street peddler on the Lower East Side, Finn swiftly rose to become New York’s champion chess master and one of the country’s best blindfold chess entertainers. Finn’s chess success contributed to the rise of the chess scene in the Big Apple in the early twentieth century, and he fared equally well in business, parlaying his skills into a highly successful career. Along with a foreword by John S. Hilbert, this biography of Finn in America includes analysis of 96 of his chess games— most of them previously unknown or little studied— line drawings of game situations, and photographs.

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Olimpiu G. Urcan writes for Chess Cafe, Quarterly for Chess History, Chess Monthly and New in Chess Magazine. A Romanian native, he lives in Singapore.

Language English
Author Urcan, Olimpiu G.
Publisher McFarland
Medium Book
Weight 670 g
Width 18.5 cm
Height 264 cm
Pages 271
ISBN-13 9780786442836
Year of Publication 2010
Binding clothbound

ix Foreword by John S. Hilbert

x Acknowledgments

xi Preface

xiii A Note to the Reader

001 Prologue

005 Part I: A Peddler's Rise on the Lower East Side, 1871-1900

039 Part II: Among New York's Best, 1901-1905

131 Part III: Marketing a Rich Man's Gambit, 1903-1916

215 Part IV: The Last Years, 1929-1931

Julius Finn