W.H.K. Pollock

A Chess Biography with 523 Games

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About the Book

During his first years in America, William Henry Krause Pollock participated in some of the most important American chess events of the 19th century. Pollock played matches against strong players like Charles Moehle, John L. McCutcheon, Jackson W. Showalter and Eugene Delmar. This biography analyzes in great detail Pollock’s chess play, as well as his career and life in England, Ireland and America. His American years unveil even more about the American chess landscape during the first half of 1890s, one of the most interesting periods in American chess history. Offered here are an unprecedented collection of annotated games played by Pollock (around 500), historical photographs and line drawings. Sources include historical chess journals and magazines with chess columns from America, the United Kingdom and Canada.

About the Author(s)

Olimpiu G. Urcan is a Singapore-based chess historian. He contributes regularly to Edward Winter’s Chess Notes and is the author of several chess biographies published by McFarland.
John S. Hilbert is the author of over a dozen books and more than 100 articles on chess history. He lives in Buffalo, New York. William H.K. Pollock is his fifth McFarland title.

Bibliographic Details

Olimpiu G. Urcan and John S. Hilbert
Format: library binding (7 x 10)
Pages: 512
Bibliographic Info: 68 photos, diagrams, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5868-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3140-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments 1

Abbreviations and Annotation Symbols 3

Part One: Life and Chess Career (1859–1896) 5

 1. The Irish Connection, 1859–1881 7

 2. Early Chess Play, 1882–1885 12

 3. In England and Ireland, 1886–1888 32

 4. Two Months in New York, March 25–May 25, 1889 48

 5. A Baltimore Man, June 1889–May 1890 75

 6. Going West, May 1890–June 1891 91

 7. Six Days in Skaneateles, July 20–25, 1891 102

 8. In Bluegrass Country, August–December 1891 117

 9. With the Holy Trinity: Chigorin, Steinitz and Lasker, January–December 1892 125

10. Moving Up North, January–August 1893 137

11. An Impromptu Misadventure, September–October 1893 148

12. In Montreal, May 1894–July 1895 159

13. At Hastings, July 1895–February 1896 177

14. Towards an Early Endgame, March–October 1896 191

Part Two (1882–1896): Games 1–518 203

Section I (January 1882–October 1885) 205

Section II (January 1886–March 7, 1889) 239

Section III (March 25–May 1889) 313

Section IV (May 31, 1889–March 1890) 337

Section V (May 1890–April 1891) 347

Section VI (July 1891) 361

Section VII (August–December 1891) 369

Section VIII (January–December 1892) 381

Section IX (January–August 1893) 388

Section X (October 1893) 401

Section XI (May 1894–July 1895) 408

Section XII (August 1895–September 2, 1895) 426

Section XIII (September 18, 1895–May 1896) 442

Part Three: Appendices, Bibliography, Indices 447

Appendix A. Pollock and the 1890s American Chess Clubs 449

Appendix B. Pollock Obituaries 455

Appendix C. Pollock Memories: Inception and Reception 462

Appendix D. A Pollock Essay on Time Limits 466

Appendix E. A Question of Originality 467

Appendix F. Pollock’s Chess Problems 468

Appendix G. Pollock’s Review of Steinitz 470

Appendix H. Reviewing Mason 471

Appendix I. A Call for Original Research 473

Appendix J. War Whoops 473

Appendix K. Undated Games (519–530) 474

Appendix L. Six Pollock Endgames 479

Appendix M. Pollock’s Tournament and Match Record 480

Bibliography 482

Index of Pollock Opponents (by Game Number) 485

Index of Historical Annotators (by Game Number) 488

Index of Openings—Traditional Names (by Game Number) 489

Index of Openings—ECO Codes (by Game Number) 491

General Index (to Page Numbers) 493

Book Reviews & Awards

Honorable Mention, Book of the Year Award—Chess Journalists of America
“A perfect marriage of subject, author and publisher. Open at random and be entertained.”—Jonathan Manley, editor, Kingpin Chess Magazine; “The Pollock book is one of the finest in the entire McFarland catalogue.”—Edward Winter, Chess Notes; “wonderful…a highly interesting biography and unbelievable amount of over 500 games…superb…one of the most amazing McFarland chess reads that I have ever seen”—Chessbooks.nl; “helps to expand our knowledge of European and American chess throughout the late 19th century. More significantly, the book provides the chess community with many unindexed games from an existing and creative player.”—Mind’s Eye Press; “Een prachtband, honderden pagina’s mooi papier en wat de inhoud betreft: geen partij wordt vergeten…die zo’n monument…dankzij de heren Urcan en Hilbert.”—Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad.