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Tim's new book on Steinitz

Steinitz (right) playing
 his match with Anderssen in 1866

The very large manuscript of Tim's latest book, Steinitz in London, was delivered to the publisher, McFarland, on 17 July. They say that work on editing the manuscript has finished and the book is moving to the typesetting stage.

This book, which will probably be published in 2020, covers Steinitz's chess career up to the point (autumn 1882) when he first went to the USA and also includes two chapters about his later visits to England in 1883 and the 1890s.

The book will include about 60 recently rediscovered games he played in Vienna and in the U.K. which are not in the standard collections.

There are numerous corrections to dozens of 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.

As a by-product, Tim hopes to eventually make available a fully-sourced and corrected database of Steinitz's games up to that point in his career, including also other games played by Steinitz in England in later years (1883, and 1895-1899). While awaiting proofs,Tim is starting to check the scores of Steinitz's American and later European games.

The book will also include some rare illustrations and reveal many new facts about Steinitz's life.

The two articles previously posted here, about Steinitz's visits to Dublin in 1865 and 1881, have now been withdrawn, as these accounts have been thoroughly rewritten for the book.

Other books and projects

Tim has been developing some new projects to follow the success of his Blackburne biography and his last book British Chess Literature to 1914. Read more about that book here.

Essays on Chess History : Another project is to produce (perhaps as an e-book or print-to-order) a collection of my essays in chess history, which in some cases would be extensively updated, with a few new essays included. There are still some sections of my PhD thesis and past conference papers which have never been published in book or article form, including a major study of early Irish chess clubs and a biographical study of Lord George William Lyttelton, who was President of the first British Chess Association. This book would also probably include a section on more recent chess history.

Further ideas include the possibility of publishing e-books of some of my older books of which I have retained electronic rights. By all means, email with preference suggestions to help me prioritise.