Chess Theory from Stamma to Steinitz, 1735–1894
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About the Book
Most chess biographies present the games of famous players—but not their writings. Filling that gap, this book begins with Syrian master and author of chess studies, Philip Stamma, and finishes with the first world champion Wilhelm Steinitz. Examining the main novelties in opening, middlegame and endgame theory in the period 1735—1895, biographical sketches put the contributions of more than 30 masters into context.
Providing the first systematic overview of the evolution of chess theory in this period, the author presents many new insights—for example, regarding the origins of the Ponziani Opening, the Dutch Defense and the Petroff Defense. French star La Bourdonnais used other sources for almost every part of his Nouveau Traité. Morphy’s analysis of the Philidor Defense was faulty and Anderssen’s play included many positional ideas. Harrwitz and Neumann published modern treatises long before Steinitz came out with his Modern Chess Instructor. Many ending themes belong to less well-known authors, such as Cozio, Chapais, van Zuylen van Nyevelt, Sarratt, Kling and Horwitz, Berger and Salvio.
About the Author(s)
Foreword by Peter Heine Nielsen
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 80 illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021