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AMOS BURN

A Chess Biography

 

Richard Forster

Foreword by Victor Korchnoi
McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson NC, 2004
Amos Burn

984 pages (8.5 x 11 inches) and 2.5 kg of pure chess history, with almost 800 annotated games, 209 photographs and illustrations and 6 indexes. A biography and comprehensive games collection of one of the strongest chess-players of his time, who met such immortal figures as Steinitz (Burn was, in fact, his first and most prominent pupil), Blackburne, Zukertort, Lasker, Marshall, Capablanca and Alekhine.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations * List of Chronicles * List of Illustrations * Foreword by Victor Korchnoi * Preface * A Note to the Reader * An Overview of the Life and Career * Introduction

Part I (1848–1886): 1 The Early Years (1848–1870) * 2 In the Chess Mecca (1870–1871) * 3 Provincial Chess Champion (1871–1876) * 4 C.C.A. Congresses (1873–1876) * 5 Match Play with John Owen (1874–1876) 6 The First Break (1877–1882) * 7 Gradual Ascent (1883–1886)

Part II (1886–1894): 8 Gaining International Fame (1886) * 9 Chess in Liverpool and London (1886–1888) * 10 Further Tournaments (1887–1888) * 11 Reaching the Peak (1889) * 12 The Second Break (1889–1894)

Part III (1895–1904): 13 Comeback at Hastings (1895–1896) * 14 Local and Club Affairs (1897–1901) * 15 British Amateur Champion (1897–1901) * 16 New International Successes (1897–1900) * 17 The Third Break (1902–1904)

Part IV (1905–1925): 18 Chess Doyen in Liverpool (1905–1912) * 19 Barmen and Ostend Congresses (1905–1907) * 20 Last Tournaments (1909–1912) * 21 The Final Years (1913–1925)

Appendix A: Loose Ends * Appendix B: Corrections to Game Scores * Appendix C: Tournament and Match Record * Game Notes * General Notes * Bibliography * Index of Openings * Index of Annotators * Index of Themes * Index of Players * Index of Supplementary Games * General Index

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The retail price of this beautifully produced hardcover volume is 95 USD. The book can be ordered either direct from the publisher, McFarland and Company, Inc., Jefferson CA, USA, or from bookshops (ISBN 0-7864-1717-X).

You can also order a copy direct from the author (make sure that the word Burn occurs in the subject line of your message), at the following prices (including postage and packing): CHF 135 within Switzerland, CHF 145 in the rest of Europe; rest of the world upon inquiry. Copies ordered from the author will be inscribed upon request.