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H.E. Bird - A Chess Biography

595 Seiten, Bibliothekseinband, McFarland, 1. Auflage 2016

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No chess player of the 19th century had a longer, more varied career than Henry Edward Bird (1829-1908). After pursuing a civil career for years his love for chess prevailed. He belonged to the top level of British players for decades but he really shone at Simpson’s Divan. Bird’s accessibility, fierce attacking style and contempt for draws made him a people’s favorite but his proud and touchy character led him into disputes with his colleagues. A very strong and widely known player, he fell into oblivion after his death.

This comprehensive first biography of Bird provides a detailed account of his personal life and a deeply researched coverage of his feats at the chess board. Almost 1,200 games are included, hundreds of them published here for the first time. Nearly 450 games-many of them thrilling all-out fights-are presented with a mix of contemporary and modern annotations.

Weitere Informationen
Gewicht 1,65 kg
Hersteller McFarland
Breite 22,5 cm
Höhe 28,5 cm
Medium Buch
Erscheinungsjahr 2016
Autor Hans Renette
Sprache Englisch
Auflage 1
ISBN-13 978-0786475780
Seiten 595
Einband Bibliothekseinband
Diagramme 376
Fotos 85

xi ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

001 FOREWORD BY RICHARD FORSTER

003 PREFACE

005 INTRODUCTION

005 Chess and Life Facts

007 A Rare Bird

008 Bird's Eye View

011 A Nimzowitsch Forerunner?

014 Bird's Legacy

PART I

A Young Bird, 1829-1851

019 The Birds of Bridgnorth

019 Lift in Bristol

019 Henry Bird and His Family

020 Moving to London

022 Searching Through Life

022 Discovering the Game

022 Clubs and Coffee Houses

023 A Trial of Strength Against Buckle 1847-1849

025 A Ghost Tournament: London 1848

025 A Tournament at the Divan: London 1849

028 Match with G.W Medley 1849

030 Young Men Explore London

041 Offhand and Various 1848-1850

043 The Chess Masters Gather: London 1851

047 Match with Horwitz 1851

051 Offhand and Various 1851

PART II

The Turn of the Tide, 1852-1855

053 The Development of Chess

053 An Introduction to the Rise and Fall of Henry Bird

054 Good Years

055 A Touch of Australia

055 Case I. Jackson v. Drew

056 Case II. Dyer v. Dyer

057 Case III. Bird v. Drouet

058 A Tentative Conclusion

058 The Interaction between Henry Bird and His Family

059 Life in Australia

060 The Story of Henry Edward and Eliza

061 The Tragic Fate of Charles French Smith

063 Other Offhand Games 1852-1855

PART III

The Accountancy Years (I), 1856-1865

064 Becoming an Expert Accountant 1857-1866

065 Personal Changes

066 Matches with Falkbeer 1856-1857

071 Offhand Chess 1857-1858

074 Morphy's First Visit 1858

076 B.C.A. Congress, Birmingham 1858

077 A New Club in Town

079 Handicap Tournament at Purssell's 1859

081 Morphy's Second Visit

082 Offhand Chess 1859-1860

087 Handicap Tournament at the St. James's Chess Club 1860

088 Years oflnactivity 1860-1865

PART IV

The Accountancy Years (11), 1866-1870

091 A Reunion and Some Farewells

091 The Atlantic and Great Western Railway 1865-1867

094 Leaving the Building 1867-1870

095 Getting Back into Form 1866

096 The First Challenge Cup Tournament, London 1866

098 A Game with the Champion 1866

099 A New Club and a New Champion

099 Match with Steinitz 1866

105 The Aftermath

107 Quiet Years 1866-1868

108 The Second Challenge Cup Tournament, London 1868-1869

112 A New Break 1869-1870

113 Handicap Tournament at the City of London Chess Club 1870-1871

116 Another Break from Chess 1870-1872

PART V

The Amateur Chess Champion, 1871-1875

117 Failing Accountancy 1870-1871

118 Loose Habits 1871-1883

119 Return to the Chess Community

121 First Match with Wisker 1873

126 Second Match with Wisker 1873

132 Repertoire Changes

132 Vienna 1873

142 About Amateurs and Professionals

142 Third and Fourth Match with Wisker 1873

150 Handicap Tournament at the City of London Chess Club 1873-1874

151 The Gossip Saga 1873-1874

155 Match with J Lord 1874

157 Proposing New Rules of Chess

158 Handicap Tournament at the City of London Chess Club 1874-1875

160 The Oxford v. Cambridge University Matches 1873-1875

162 Chess in tbe City of London Chess Club 1873-1875

166 CCA. Congress, Glasgow 1875

169 A Major Dispute

170 The Expulsion of Steinitz

171 The Termination

172 Chess Masterpieces

172 Two Regular Opponents 1872-1875

PART VI

The New World, 1875-1877

179 Introduction

179 The New Chess Lion Arrives

183 Match with Alberoni 1875

186 The American Eagle Screams over the English Bird

193 Another Month in New York, January 1876

195 Bird's Visit to Philadelphia

198 A Man of Letters

201 The Caft International Tournament 1876

206 Further Disputes

206 Summer Chess

207 Challenging the Captain

208 The Centennial Congress 1876

213 The Clipper Free Centennial Tournament 1876

219 The Distribution of the Lieders Cup

219 The Break from Professional Chess

222 Across the Border 1877

225 Chess in New York 1877

PART VII

Success and Controversy, 1878-1880

228 Back Home

228 Return to the Divan

231 Chess Openings

231 Paris 1878

241 At the Divan 1878-1879

245 A Visit to Croydon, February 1879

246 Handicap Tournament at the City of London Chess Club 1878-1879

252 Löwenthal Tournament 1879

254 Match with Blackburne 1879

254 Offhand Chess 1879-1880

257 Another Match with Blackburne 1879-1880

259 A Visit to Horncastle 1880

259 CCA. Congress, Boston 1880

261 Wiesbaden 1880

267 Brunswick 1880

269 Performing in Hamburg 1880

271 A Short Stop in Amsterdam 1880

271 Gouda 1880

274 Bird's Own Chess Pieces

274 Bird's Farewell from Chess

PART VIII

Return to the Chessboard, 1881-1884

275 Chess in Exeter

276 Match with Maczuski 1881

277 Chess Practice

278 Vienna 1882

288 Writing a Column

288 A Loss for British Chess

289 On the Road to London 1882-1883

295 London 1883

309 A Visit to Sheffield 1883

310 Nuremberg 1883

319 Handicap Tournament at Purssell's 1883

322 A Testimonial for Bird

326 A Visit to Manchester 1884

327 Various and Offhand 1883-1884

329 Modern Chess

PART IX

The Heyday of the Associations, 1885-1887

330 A New Turn

331 Skipworth's Anguish

331 The Formation of a National Association

332 The British Chess Hegemony

333 Meeting the Clergy in London, January 1885

334 In the Provinces, March-June 1885

338 Match with Skipworth 1885

340 B.CA. Congress, London 1885

344 German Chess Congress, Hamburg 1885

349 CCA. Congress, Hereford 1885

353 In the Provinces, September-October 1885

354 Changes in London

354 Handicap Tournament at Purssell's 1886

355 Master Tournament at the British Chess Club 1886

357 Simuls and Visits, January-April 1886

358 Controversies with Burn, Gunsberg and Steinitz

360 Match with Burn 1886

366 Match with Gunsberg 1886

369 B.C.A. Congress, London 1886

372 Match with Lee 1886

373 C.C.A. Congress, Nottingham 1886

376 Giving Exhibitions 1886-1887

378 A Quiet Season

380 C.C.A. Congress, Stamford 1887

384 Working for a Jubilee Tournament

384 In the Provinces, October 1887

385 B.C.A. Congress, London 1887

PART X

Settling at the Divan, 1888-1890

389 Touring the North, January-February 1888

390 Quarreling with Skipworth

390 Handicap Tournament at Simpson's Divan, March-April 1888

393 Some Offhand Games, Spring 1888

393 Handicap Tournament at the British Chess Club, June-July 1888

394 B.C.A. Congress, Bradford 1888

399 The Zukertort Chess Club

400 A Few Exhibitions. October 1888-January 1889

401 Match with Blackburne 1888

403 Handicap Tournament at Simpson's Divan, December 1888 - January 1889

405 Handicap Tournament at Simpson's Divan, January - February 1889

406 A Tour in Wales, February 1889

406 Match with Gunsberg 1889

408 American Chess Congress, New York 1889

421 Touring through the United States and Canada, May-July 1895

426 Handicap Tournament at Simpson's Divan, September-October 1889

427 A Second Visit to Wales, October 1889

429 B.C.A. Congress, London 1889

433 Match with Gossip 1889

434 Visiting the North, December 1889 - January 1890

439 Bird's Chess Reviews

439 Match with Lasker 1890

443 Handicap Tournament at Simpson's Divan, April-June 1890

445 Chapman in London

446 B.C.A Congress, Manchester 1890

453 To Holland 1890

454 Handicap Tournament at Simpson's Divan, October-December 1890

455 Falling Ill

PART XI

The Grand Old Man, 1891-1895

456 Introduction

459 Chess: A Manual for Beginners

459 Simpson's Divan Tournament, June-July 1891

464 Lasker's Return

464 Simpson's Divan Tournament, September-October 1891

467 Offhand Games 1891

468 Match with Loman 1892

470 B.C.A. Congress, London 1892

474 Quintangular Tournament 1892

476 Handicap Tournament at Simpson's Divan, April-June 1892

480 Some Offhand Games, Spring 1892

481 In the Provinces, July-August 1892

484 Match with Lasker 1892

487 Belfast 1892

492 Match with Heywood 1892

495 In the Provinces, 1892-1893

496 London 1893

498 In Wales, March 1893

498 Chess History and Reminiscences

499 Match with Jasnogrodsky 1893

502 The Remainder of the Year 1893

504 Hastings Chess Festival 1894

505 A Small Tour in the Provinces, March 1894

506 Two Tournaments at the Divan 1894

508 A Book on the World Championship

508 Offhand Games 1894-1895

509 In the Provinces 1894

510 Hastings Chess Festival 1895

512 Another Trip to Hastings

513 Preparing for Hastings

514 Hastings 1895

523 Chess Novelties

524 A Tour through the South, October-November 1895

PART XII

The Final Years, 1896-1908

526 Introduction

528 Cable Match 1896

531 Hastings Chess Festival 1896

531 Simpson's Divan Tournament 1896

534 The Divan Chess Association

534 Hastings Chess Festival 1897

535 Match with Lee 1897

537 Attempts to Enter a German Congress

538 A Few Exhibitions. 1897-1898

539 Hastings Chess Festival 1898

541 Bird Against the World

541 Among Old Folks

542 The Final Tour

543 London 1899

552 The Final Years

553 Obituaries and Memorials

557 APPENDIX 1: CHESS PROBLEMS

APPENDIX 2: DOCUMENTS ABOUT AND BY BIRD

559 The New Chess Lion Arrives

560 Bird's Farewell to Chess

563 Bird's Visit to Albany (24-26 May 1889)

564 Buckley's Recollections of Bird

566 APPENDIX 3: TOURNAMENT RECORD

568 APPENDIX 4: MATCH RECORD

569 APPENDIX 5: RESULTS AGAINST MASTERS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

571 Works and Typeseripts by Henry Edward Bird (Chronological)

571 Manuscripts / Typeseripts

571 Reference Works

572 Tournament Books with Bird as a Participant (Chronological)

572 Biographies, Other Tournament Books and Game Collections

573 Anthologies, Chronicles, Textbooks, etc.

573 Websites

573 Non-Chess Works

575 INDEX OF OPPONENTS (by game number)

578 INDEX OF ANNOTATORS (by game number)

579 INDEX OF NAMED OPENINGS (by game number)

580 INDEX OF OPENINGS-ECO CODE (by game nurnber)

581 GENERAL INDEX (to page numbers)

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