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Steinitz in London: printing delayed

Proof-reading and correction of Tim Harding's latest book, Steinitz in London, is now complete and we are informed that the files are completely ready for printing.

It will be a large hardback of over 400 pages in the same format as the author's 2015 biography of British master J. H. Blackburne.

We had believed that McFarland, based in Jefferson, North Carolina, has sent it out for printing and binding but it now appears they have, understandably, paused all printing because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Today they told us that the supply and distribution chain for physical books has essentially halted, with Amazon, for example, not accepting new titles for the time being.

So we don't have a definite publication date yet although they have suggested 31 August as a realistic possibility.

Therefore, reluctantly, I cnanot recommend placing an order at this time if you have not already done so.

If you still wish to go ahead, or keep a note for future reference, the ISBN is 978-1-4766-6953-3.

Steinitz (right) playing
 his match with Anderssen in 1866

William Steinitz (right) playing his match with Adolf Anderssen in London, 1866. Victory in this contest established his reputation as one of the world's leading masters.

Steinitz in London is both a biography and a game collection (623 games) which covers the life of the first World Chess Champion from his earliest days in Prague, through the start of his career in Vienna (1858-1862) up to the point (autumn 1882) when Steinitz first went to the USA. The last two chapters are about his later visits to England in 1883 and the 1890s.

The book includes about 60 recently rediscovered games which Steinitz played, in Vienna and in the U.K., which are not in the standard collections.

There are numerous corrections to games whose scores are incorrect in previous books and databases.

We were truly astonished to discover how many discrepancies turned up between databases and printed collections of Steinitz games. None could be trusted and we had to undertake a forensic examination using new software written by Dr Thomas Niessen of Aachen, Germany, who has provided invaluable help.

The book will also include some rare illustrations and reveal many new facts about Steinitz's life. There are factual corrections to previous biographies in several respects.

The two articles previously posted on this site, about Steinitz's visits to Dublin in 1865 and 1881, have now been withdrawn, because these accounts have been thoroughly rewritten for the book with new details and extra games.

Further details will be added to this page later.

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