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Tim's work in progress

Tim has been developing some new projects to follow the success of his Blackburne biography and the imminent publication of his new book British Chess Literature to 1914.

This book went to the printer in late March. First copies should be available direct from the publisher by mid-April and in Europe by some time in May. Read more here.

Steinitz in London: Tim's research for a new biography of Steinitz's early career has been resumed, with a view to a book that will probably appear in late 2019 or 2020. We are about to undertake a research trip to the Royal Dutch Library in April followed by visits to London, where we shall retrace Steinitz's steps and draw up maps of the city where the first World Champion lioved for twenty years.

This book will cover Steinitz's chess career up to the point he first went to the USA (autumn 1882), including some newly-discovered games. There will be numerous corrections to many other games whose scores are incorrect in previous books and databases.

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).

Meanwhile, available here are two articles about Steinitz's visits to Ireland in 1865 and in 1881.

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.