William N. Potter and John Wisker

Victorian Chess Masters, with an Appendix on William J. Wilson

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About the Book

William Norwood Potter never played chess outside London, yet he must be considered a key figure in the development of 19th century chess. His play was surprisingly modern, while his writings are still a model of style, sense and competence. John Wisker was an amateur chess player who achieved excellent results among the few professionals of his time. He was recognized as the first British chess champion and had a prolific journalistic career. He spent the last seven years of his life in Australia, where he played an important role in a blossoming chess culture. This volume, besides retrieving lost particulars of their lives, contains all their known games and many passages of their prose. Among the book’s appendices is coverage of the eventful life and brilliant games of William John Wilson.

About the Author(s)

Fabrizio Zavatarelli is a teacher of applied mathematics and the author of several articles concerning chess history. He lives in Milan, Italy.

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

Bibliographic Details

Fabrizio Zavatarelli and Hans Renette
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 45 photos, diagrams, tables, glossary, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9194-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4954-2
Imprint: McFarland