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Steinitz in London

Table of Contents

 

Preface 1


Acknowledgments 7; Abbreviations 8; Annotation Symbols 9; A Note on Play at Odds 10; British Money and Notation 11


1. The Making of a Master, 1836–1862 13
• Chess in Prague: a big Silence • Viennese chess before Steinitz • Enter a Poor Student• Club Tournaments and a Visit by Harrwitz • The 1861–1862 Tournament • The games in Vienna


2. The London Congress, May–August 1862 35
• Preparations for the Tournament • The first two Weeks • The
“Grand Week” • Conclusion of the Tournament • Steinitz’s
Tournament games • Aside from the Tournament • Match with
Dubois


3. “The Greco of the present time,” 1862–1863 63
• London in 1862 • London chess club and Purssell’s • Chess and the divans • The Grand Divan and Simpson’s • Odds games and Playing for money • After the Tournament • Blackburne match • Match with Deacon • Casual games later in 1863 • match with Green (1863/1864)


4. Quiet Years, 1864–1865
100
• Games in 1864 • Early 1865 • Dublin chess congress 1865 • Steinitz as Blindfold Player • Back in England • Failure against de Vere


5. Dethroning Anderssen, 1866 118
• The Divan Transformed • From early 1866 to the B.C.A. congress • British Chess Association 1866 congress • Early days of the Westminster Chess Club • Anderssen match: Arrangements and Schedule • Anderssen match: the games • Becoming a Father • Bird–Steinitz match • Other games in 1866


6. Paris and Dundee, 1867 149
• Exit from the Westminster club • First Visit to Scotland • Paris international 1867 • Dundee congress 1867


7. Difficult Years, 1868–1871 171
• British Chess Association 1868/9 congress • More games in 1869 • City of London Chess Club origins • First Visit to Oxford • Baden-Baden, July–August 1870 • Back to Oxford • Quiet year in 1871

8. Big Successes, 1872–1873 198
• The City of London Chess Club Handicap • Steinitz in Oxford Again • British Chess Association congress 1872 • Steinitz–Zukertort match • Later in 1872 • Vienna correspondence match • Events in early 1873 • Visit to The Hague • Emperor’s Cup, Vienna 1873 • After the Tournament


9. Development and Crises, 1874–1876 230
• Visiting the Provinces, 1874 • Back in London • Last Visit to Oxford, 1875 • Games in London and Glasgow, 1875 • Time of crisis • Two bad mistakes • Games, early 1876 • Second Blackburne match • Aftermath• A Second chess column


10. Absent from the Board, 1877–1881 257
• The Fraser Letter • Back in circulation • The Divan crisis • Events in 1878 • Summer in Paris • Casual games, 1878–1879 • Events in London, 1878/1879 • Crisis at the London Figaro • 1880: German Visit and Breach with Bird • Casual games, 1880 • Dublin Visit, January 1881 • In London and Germany


11. A Champion Returns—and Departs, 1882 281
• The early months • Vienna international 1882 • Leaving The Field

12. Farewell to London, 1883 304
• London 1883 Tournament • The Last Column • Aftermath, 1884 onwards


13. Last Visits to England, 1895–1899 321
• First Match with Liverpool • Hastings congress 1895 • 1896 and 1897 in brief • Back in Europe, 1898 • London international Tournament 1899


Appendices
I. Match and Tournament record 347
II. Dubious and Spurious games 348
III. Extracts from Steinitz’s review of Wormald’s Chess Openings (1875) 350
IV. First “ink War” of 1876–1877 352
V. Leaving The Field, 1882 359
VI. Steinitz’s Grievances (1883) 364
VII. Steinitz Hits Back (extracts from International Chess Magazine) 366
VIII. Bird on Steinitz (1890) 369
IX. Macdonnell on Steinitz (1894) 371


Chapter Notes 375
Bibliography 397
Index of Opponents (to game numbers) 401
Index of Openings—Traditional Names (to game numbers) 403
Index of Openings—ECO Codes (to game numbers) 405
General Index (to page numbers) 406

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