Louis Paulsen

A Chess Biography with 719 Games


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About the Book

Louis Paulsen (1833–1891) was one of the 19th century’s strongest chess players and a world record holder in blindfold chess. He maintained an unbeaten record in matches, created several opening systems and was an originator of the positional approach to the game. This extensive biography—the first in English—explores Paulsen’s life and career and includes 719 of his games, presented here with both contemporary and modern comments.

About the Author(s)

Historian Hans Renette is FIDE master in chess (with 2 IM norms). He lives in Bierbeek, Belgium.

Bibliographic Details

Hans Renette
Foreword by Michael Negele
Format: library binding (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 448
Bibliographic Info: 108 photos, 719 games, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7195-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3436-4
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Excellent”—British Chess News

• “Scrupulously researched account of Paulsen’s life and games.”—US Chess Federation

• “The definitive guide on the man German chess historian Michael Negele calls the unofficial World Champion from 1862–1878…this massive tome covers all aspects of [Paulsen’s] career…beautifully produced book…outstanding…highly recommended”—IM John Donaldson (JeremySilman.com)

• “The look and feel of the book is precisely what I would expect from a McFarland chess publication. It has substantial case binding and the chess material is well set out in terms of text to diagrams. All this on durable quality paper. The reader will learn a great deal about Louis Paulsen….definitive work…painstakingly researched…a hugely important historical work…a superb biography…a truly remarkable work… The line drawings are magnificent and truly take the reader back in time…Renette has produced something quite magical”—Chess Book Reviews