Tim Harding: Joseph Henry Blackburne

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Hersteller: McFarland


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A Chess Biography
2015, 582 Seiten, Bibliothekseinband, englisch  


During a career spanning more than 50 years, J.H. Blackburne (1841– 1924) won the British Chess Championship and several international tournaments, at his peak becoming one of the world’s top three chess masters. A professional player who derived his livelihood from annual tours of chess clubs in England and other countries, entertaining and teaching amateur players, he astonished his contemporaries by the ease with which he played the game without sight of the chessboard. At 21, he set a world record for such exhibitions, competing against 12 club players simultaneously, and he continued to perform “blindfold” into his sixties.

This first comprehensive biography of Britain’s greatest chess player of the early 20th century presents more than 1,000 of Blackburne’s games chronologically, including all his surviving games from serious competition, annotated in varying detail. Many are masterpieces containing beautiful combinations and instructive endgame play. Blackburne’s unusual family and social background are fully explored.

Content:

Preface and Acknowledgments 1
Abbreviations and Annotation Symbols 5
On Money and Notation 6

1. Manchester Beginnings, 1841–1861 7
2. Blindfold Performer, 1862 20
3. The Call of London, May–December 1862 32
4. Slow Rise, 1863–1869 45
5. Joining the Elite, 1870–1873 70
6. Mature Grandmaster, 1874–1879 105
7. Tournament World Champion, 1880–1881 148
8. “The very Hercules of Chess,” 1882–1883 176
9. Illness and Recovery, 1884–1885 211
10. New Rivals Emerging, 1886–1888 228
11. From New York to Breslau, 1889 271
12. Veteran in Gradual Decline, 1890–1892 294
13. The Hastings Years, 1893–1896 327
14. Marathon Tournaments, 1897–1898 365
15. Grand Old Man of British Chess, 1899–1903 390
16. The Early B.C.F. Years, 1904–1906 424
17. Not Checkmated Yet, 1907–1911 454
18. His Final Moves, 1912–1924 483

APPENDICES:
I. Match and Tournament Record 509
II. Record Against Principal Rivals 512
III. Blackburne’s Chess Compositions 513
IV. Interviews with Blackburne 520
V. Blackburne's Blindfold Exhibitions 529
VI. Blackburne’s Two Articles for The Strand Magazine 533
VII. Corrections to Game Scores 538

Chapter Notes 539
Bibliography 560

Index of Players (by game number) 564
Index of Openings - Traditional Names 567
Index of Openings (by ECO code)
569
General Index (by page number) 571


Medium: Buch, gebunden
Sprache: englisch

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