Hardinge Simpole

Chess Tournament - London 1851, The
The first International Chess Tournament
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By Staunton, Howard
ISBN 1843820897
SERIES Hardinge Simpole Chess Classics
Paperback  480 pages
Subject [Chess ] [Chess - Tournaments ] [Anderssen ] [c 1800 to c 1900 ]
Published April, 2003
UK Price £22.95   
US Price $36.95   

Howard Staunton, the organiser of London 1851 and writer of the book, was the epitome of mid-Victorian versatility and self confidence. By defeating the leading French and German masters such as St Amant, Horwitz and Harrwitz in gruelling set matches, Staunton had established himself as the champion. Now, by organising the first ever International Chess Tournament, Staunton hoped to display chess in its true colours, amongst the imperial splendour of the 1851 Great Exhibition in Queen Victoria's London. Although Staunton did not win the tournament, this honour falling to the German master Adolph Anderssen, this record of the inaugural international chess gathering provides a fitting monument to Staunton's prowess and love of the game.

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