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5 November 2017: The Senior World Championships will be played in Acqui Terme, Italy, from 7-18 November. We shall report on these events when we return. Meanwhile we shall not be answering email for two weeks, so sales of UltraCorr-X are suspended until 20 November If you order on the weekend of 18-19 November, we aim to respond as soon as possible once we are home. (We know from experience in 2015 that the internet connections in Acqui Terme are rather poor and possibly insecure.)

24 October 2017: Updated Blackburne book information, with the recently rediscovered finish to the game Blackburne-Jacobs from the 1904 British Championship. (Thanks to John Saunders.) Also Blackburne's last published game, from his final visit to Glasgow.

24 October 2017: Updated our information about Senior tournaments and our Senior calendar. We hope to extend this section of the site after we return from next month's World Senior Championships in Italy.

4 October 2017: We have now implemented PayPal's new streamlined payment system, Pay-Pal-Me on this site, for readers wishing to buy our UltraCorr-X database. If this works as smoothly as expected, we may start selling some chess books on this site soon.

28 September 2017: Chessbase announce their new Corr Database 2018 at a price of €189.90 - three times the price of our UltraCorr-X. Even owners of their 2015 database must pay €99.90 for the upgrade, almost double our price.

Why pay much more for less? Buy UltraCorr-X today.

25 September 2017: Irish chess news page updated. Irish Chess Union has announced a Seniors tournament for January 2018 which overseas players are welcome to enter.

23 September 2017: Additions and corrections to the Senior tournament information.

21 September 2017: New pages on Seniors Chess including a calendar of upcoming events. Please send in details of other events if you have them.

15 September 2017: Release of revised correspondence chess database, UltraCorr-X version 2 with improved delivery method.

18 August 2017: Release of original version of UltraCorr-X.

More details about it, and the download and payment pages.

A major overhaul of this website, pending a redesign, began in August. It includes the removal of many old pages, and updating of others. We expect to soon add a special section on Seniors Chess and other new features.

We apologise for the fact that this website was rarely updated earlier this year. This was due to our being extremely busy writing a new book (see below).

27 July 2017: Pages updated include:

    Announcing a new chess history book

    Irish chess news

    Tim Harding's bibliography

11 July 2017: Pages updated include:

    Further games by Blackburne discovered.

    Tim's future projects including a new book on the way.

    Update on Steinitz research.

    Tim's personal homepage.

20 January 2017: Obituary of Hans Berliner, the 5th ICCF World Champion.

11 January 2017: Various updates including adding a Blackburne game from 1914 British Championship.

5 October 2016: Introduction to Dvoretsky's chess books and an annotated Dvoretsky bibliography.

19 June 2016: More 7-man endgames analysed.

9 September 2015: Blackburne biography by Tim Harding is published and already attracted some favourable comment. Table of Contents. Further Blackburne material.

14 May 2014: Second part of Tim's research article about the important London 1883 Vizayanagram tournament that was played alongside the master tournament won by Zukertort. Part 1 has also been slightly revised.

14 April 2014: The great MacDonnell-Wisker 1874 match: more information added to article, also concerning their short match in 1873.

8 April 2014: Research article about the important London 1883 Vizayanagram tournament that was played alongside the master tournament won by Zukertort.

14 February 2014: Return of our popular chess horror story: Frankenstein and Dracula at the chessboard.

Many older articles are now in the process of being removed pending the reorganisation of this site.