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Steinitz in London

A Chess Biography with 623 Games

421 pages, hardback, McFarland, 1. edition 2020

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Drawing on new research, this first biography of William Steinitz (1836– 1900), the first World Chess Champion, covers his early life and career, with a fully-sourced collection of his known games until he left London in 1882. A portrait of mid-Victorian British chess is provided, including a history of the famous Simpson’s Divan.

Born to a poor Jewish family in Prague, Steinitz studied in Vienna, where his career really began, before moving to London in 1862, bent on conquering the chess world. During the next 20 years, he became its strongest and most innovative player, as well as an influential writer on the game. A foreigner with a quarrelsome nature, he suffered mockery and discrimination from British amateur players and journalists, which eventually drove him to immigrate to America. The final chapters cover his subsequent visits to England and the last three tournaments he played there.

More Information
Weight 1,25 kg
Manufacturer McFarland
Width 21,6 cm
Height 27,9 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2020
Author Tim Harding
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1-4766-6953-3
Pages 421
Binding hardback
Photos 84

001 Preface

007 Acknowledgments

008 Abbreviations

009 Annotation Symbols

010 A Note on Play at Odds

011 British Money and Notation

013 1. The Making of a Master, 1836-1862

035 2. The London Congress, May-August 1862

063 3. “The Greco of the present time,” 1862-1863

100 4. Quiet Years, 1864-1865

118 5. Dethroning Anderssen, 1866

149 6. Paris and Dundee, 1867

171 7. Difficult Years, 1868-1871

198 8. Big Successes, 1872-1873

230 9. Development and Crises, 1874-1876

257 10. Absent from the Board, 1877-1881

281 11. A Champion Returns-and Departs, 1882

304 12. Farewell to London, 1883

321 13. Last Visits to England, 1895-1899

Appendices

357 I. Match and Tournament Record

348 II. Dubious and Spurious Games

350 III. Extracts from Steinitz’s Review of Wormald’s Chess Openings (1875)

352 IV. First “Ink War” of 1876-1877

359 V. Leaving The Field, 1882

364 VI. Steinitz’s Grievances (1883)

366 VII. Steinitz Hits Back-Extracts from His International Chess Magazine Column

369 VIII. Bird on Steinitz (1890)

371 IX. MacDonnell on Steinitz (1894)

375 Chapter Notes

397 Bibliography

401 Index of Opponents (to game numbers)

403 Index of Openings-Traditional Names (to game numbers)

405 Index of Openings-ECO Codes (to game numbers)

406 General Index (to page numbers)