Correspondence Chess in America: Over 200 Illustrative Games with Diagrams
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This is an historical overview and detailed analysis of American correspondence chess from the 1840s to about 1999. Particular attention is paid to the Correspondence Chess League of America (CCLA), the oldest correspondence chess organization in America and the second oldest in the world.
Also included are comparisons of American postal chess play to that of other nations; discussions of the United States Postal Chess Federation, which runs the national championship and encompasses most major American clubs; and biographies of America’s two World Correspondence Chess Champions.
Over 200 illustrative games are included with diagrams. Appendices cover the CCLA rating system, adjudication, the Russian system, and winners of selected tournaments. A bibliography provides opportunities for further research and indexes cover players, game openings, and general topics.
About the Author
Bryce D. Avery, a member of the Correspondence Chess League of America for nearly two decades, was elected as one of the youngest directors ever and was appointed as League historian in 1998. He lives in Johnstown, Colorado.
Table of Contents
1. In the Beginning (to 1909) 1
2. E Pluribus Unum (1909-1917) 16
3. Hoover in Charge (1917-1933) 36
4. The Walt James Era (1933-1946) 54
5. Spackman and Rees (1946-1964) 76
6. Times of Turbulence (1964-1977) 98
7. The Honn Years (1977-1991) 120
8. Looking Ahead (From 1991) 140
9. International Play 159
10. One Nation Under the USPCF 188
11. Dr. Hans Berliner: America’s First World Correspondence Chess Champion 222
12. Dr. Victor Palciauskas: The CCLA’s World Champion 231
Appendix A. The CCLA Rating System 255
Appendix B. Adjudication 259
Appendix C. The Russian System 261
Appendix D. Winners of Selected Tournaments 267
Index of Openings (by game number) 271
Index of Players (by game number) 272
General Index (by page number) 275
British Chess Magazine:
"superbly produced...well indexed
"a wealth for the correspondence chess historian...this book will set the standard for books to come...a major contribution to our game, and the games printed are worth the price"
|Publication date :||January 1, 2012|
|Number of pages :||287|
|Publisher :||McFarland & Company, Inc.|
|Weight :||520 gram|