Tim Harding: Steinitz in London, A Chess Biography with 623 Games
by Fabrizio Zavatarelli
Our well-known member Tim Harding had recently added a new monograph to his previous seminal works. Steinitz in London, A Chess Biography with 623 Games (415 p., McFarland, ISBN 978-1-4766-6953-3) in fact goes beyond its title, since it adds a comprehensive account of the Bohemian Caesar’s early activity in Vienna (chapt. 1) and casts a glance at his late years, as well (chapts. 12 and 13). Several pages are also devoted to London chess life and especially to its clubs (in chapts. 3, 5, 9 and 10).
As expected, there are many games and biographical aspects hitherto hardly known or unknown at all; moreover, every game text is philologically analysed in order to restore the original venue, date and moves, which – after more than a century of copying and recopying – cannot at all be taken for granted even for the most celebrated encounters (rather, often especially for them).