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Links to other chess history sites

This is only a start. Readers are invited to suggest other links to sites or pages with serious historical content.

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Edo Historical Chess Ratings. This is an exciting ongoing project by Canadian mathematician Dr Rod Edwards, who provides career records and year-by-year rating statistics for 19th century amateurs and professionals. Ratings are revised periodically as new historical data becomes available from research in primary sources. Some years in the early 20th century are also now included.

Chess History Editor: Richard Forster. INCORPORATING: Edward Winter's Chess Notes. This is a popular column based on reader contributions with new items added nearly every day.

Chess Archaeology Editor: Richard Pope. An older chess history site which recently sprang into new life, with its Jack O'Keeffe Project, posting page images from many 19th century American chess columns. The site also hosts historical articles from several contributors although these are mostly very old by now.

The Chess Cafe (home of The Kibitzer). Includes historical articles as well as much topical content. A good archive of old articles in PDF format.

IRLchess Irish chess history site

McFarland Publishing. McFarland are indisputably the leading producers of quality chess history books. They recently published Tim Harding's history of correspondence chess and have commissioned a new book from Tim, which is being written at present and should appear late in 2012.

Old In Chess Good fun from Steve Wrinn: a blog bringing you 100-year-old chess news and games.

Batgirl's chess articles Sarah Beth writes at chess.com about women's chess history and connections between chess and art. Her last chess blog appeared on 13 October 2013 but the archive should remain for browsing.

English genealogist John Townsend published in 2011 a book on Howard Staunton. It is only available from the author at £25 plus postage. This is not a game collection or full biography, but includes much new information on Staunton's contemporaries on the London chess scene, about his wife's family, and some interesting research-based speculations about Staunton's origins. This book also has the best coverage yet seen on his Shakespeare editorial work. This is a loimited (but not numbered) edition of 100 copies. A few remain for sale, and the author has also just self-published a new book which I have yet to see.

Ken Whyld Association. The KWA is an international association of people interested in chess literature and chess history. Tim Harding will be one of several speakers at its meeting on 14 April 2012 in the George Hotel, Norwich. He previously a lecture at its 2005 annual meeting in Amsterdam.

British readers will be interested in the Chess History section of the English Chess Forum.

Moravian Chess. Dr Vlastimil Fiala's reprint house for chess books and periodicals from the 19th and early 20th century. They also publish (at erratic intervals) the 'Quarterly for Chess History'.

Yorkshire Chess History

French Chess History

The most important libraries for chess historians:

Chess photographs from the Cleveland Public Library, Ohio

Catalog of the Cleveland Public Library (including the John G. White Collection), Cleveland, Ohio
- the world's largest public chess library; recently launched this new web catalog that should make finding its chess holdings much easier than before.

KB: the National library of the Netherlands (at The Hague) - Europe's chess Mecca: the biggest and most accessible chess collection on the continent. Most of what you would want is either on open shelves or accessible within an hour. Only 30 minutes from Schiphol Airport on the train, and then two minutes walk from Den Haag Centraal station.

See also our general links page.