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Art.-No.: LXHARBCLT1914

British Chess Literature to 1914

393 pages, paperback, McFarland, 1. edition 2018.

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A huge amount was published about chess in the United Kingdom before the First World War. The growing popularity of chess in Victorian Britain was reflected in an increasingly competitive market of books and periodicals aimed at players from beginner to expert. The author combines new information about the early history of the game with advice for researchers into chess history and traces the further development of chess literature well into the 20th century.

Topics include today’s leading chess libraries and the use of digitized chess texts and research on the Web. Special attention is given to the columns that appeared in newspapers (national and provincial) and magazines from 1813 onwards. These articles, usually weekly, provide a wealth of information on early chess, much of which is not to be found elsewhere. The lengthy first appendix, an A to Z of almost 600 chess columns, constitutes a detailed research aid. Other appendices include corrections and supplements to standard works of reference on chess.

Tim Harding played for Ireland at the 1984 FIDE chess olympiad in Thessaloniki. He is a FIDE Candidate Master and a Senior International Master of correspondence chess. A well-known writer on many aspects of chess, Tim is a former editor of Chess Mail magazine and for almost 20 years he contributed monthly articles in “The Kibitzer” series at He lives in Dublin, Ireland.


Language English
Author Harding, Tim
Publisher McFarland
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 670 g
Width 17.8 cm
Height 25.4 cm
Pages 393
ISBN-13 978-1-4766-6839-0
Year of Publication 2018
Binding paperback
Photos 50


001 Preface and acknowledgements

005 Abbreviations and annotation symbols

006 Notes on old british money and on chess notation

007 1. The Earliest Chess Editors: Egerton Smith and Thomas Wakley

025 2. The Heyday of Walker and Staunton

044 3. The Golden Age of Chess Columns, ca. 1860-1885

097 4. Latter years of the Chess Column

121 5. A Short History of Chess Magazines Up to 1914

178 6. The Saga of the Chess Player's Chronicle

231 7. A Century and a Half of British Chess Books

275 8. On Doing Chess History Today


British Chess Literature to 1914