This is a major work on British chess history focusing on some of its leading personalities, and their lives, milieu, struggles and achievements. It includes many revisions, corrections and new revelations about its subjects.
The heart of the book consists of ten essays in historical biography about leading figures in British chess (amateur and professional) during the nineteenth century. These are arranged in chronological order of the subjects' birth but the stories of the ten lives and careers are interweaved.
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Here is the Table of Contents:
Preface and Acknowledgments 1
Abbreviations and Annotation Symbols 7
1. William Davies Evans (1790-1872) 9
2. Howard Staunton (1810-1874) 35
3. John Jacob Löwenthal (1810?-1876) 73
4. Henry Edward Bird (1829-1908) 108
5. Arthur Bolland Skipworth (1830-1898) 134
6. William Steinitz (1836-1900) 160
7. Joseph Henry Blackburne (1841-1924) 204
8. Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888) 230
9. Amos Burn (1848-1925) 260
10. Isidor Arthur Gunsberg (1854-1930) 278
Appendix I. Career Records 315
Appendix II. Games by Captain Evans 322
Appendix III. Evans Family Financial Appeals 332
Appendix IV. Staunton’s contract with Routledge 338
Appendix V. Löwenthal's Will 340
Appendix VI. The career of Mephisto 341
Chapter Notes 349
Select Bibliography 383
Index of Images 387
Index of Opponents 387
Index of Openings (by Name) 388
Index of Openings (by ECO Code) 389
General Index 390
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