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Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland, 1824-1987 - Tim Harding

Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland, 1824-1987

Paperback Published: 8th November 2010
ISBN: 9780786445530
Number Of Pages: 433
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Exploring a bygone aspect of intellectual sport, this book details the history of British and Irish correspondence chess from the first formal match between Edinburgh and London in 1824 well into the 1980s, the most successful period in British correspondence chess. It traces the development of postal chess, including the growth of regional and national chess associations after World War I; the dawn of game-changing technologies such as the telegraph, the telephone, radio, and fax machines; the earliest transatlantic matches between the U.S. and the U.K.; the founding of the International Correspondence Chess Association in 1945; and the breaking of the Soviet monopoly on the world team championship in 1982 (the final act of the joint Great Britain team before Scotland and Wales obtained separate membership in the International Correspondence Chess Federation). Appendices list tournament champions; I.C.C.F. title holders; known club matches; and interesting excerpts from rules and other documents. Extensive notes, bibliography and indexes.

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Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 1
Abbreviationsp. 6
Annotation Symbolsp. 6
Capital Letters: Edinburgh versus London, 1824-1828p. 7
Heyday of the Inter-Club Matchesp. 28
Penny Post and Private Matchesp. 50
Moves Over the Wires: Chess Adopts Technologyp. 64
The Earliest Postal Tournaments, 1853 to 1870p. 78
Changing Times: The 1870s and 1880sp. 95
"A Battle at Long Range": The United Kingdom versus the United States, 1877-1881p. 114
The Growth of Tournaments, 1870 to 1897p. 127
Scottish Correspondence Chess to 1918p. 161
Irish and Welsh Correspondence Chess to 1918p. 177
The English Scene, 1890 to 1918p. 195
From One War to the Next, 1918 to 1939p. 222
Correspondence Chess During World War IIp. 246
International Revival, 1946 to 1951p. 261
Domestic Competitions, 1946 to 1970p. 273
Crisis and Resolution: Britain and the International Correspondence Chess Federation, 1951 to 1971p. 294
The Home Front: The 1970s and 1980sp. 308
Growth and Success, 1972 to 1982p. 330
Becoming World Championsp. 343
Matches Between Clubsp. 355
Lists of Championsp. 365
Excerpts from Rules and Other Documentsp. 375
British and Irish Holders of I.C.C.F. Titlesp. 386
Chapter Notesp. 389
Select Bibliographyp. 409
Index of Imagesp. 413
Index of Opponentsp. 413
Index of Openings by Namep. 415
Index of Openings by ECO Codep. 415
General Indexp. 416
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ISBN: 9780786445530
ISBN-10: 078644553X
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 433
Published: 8th November 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.15 x 17.53  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.77

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