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

Acknowledgments      viii
Preface      ix

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

Bibliography      269
Index of Openings (by game number)      271
Index of Players (by game number)      272
General Index (by page number)      275

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More Information
Edition : Paperback
Publication date : January 1, 2012
Number of pages : 287
Publisher : McFarland
Weight : 520 gram
ISBN : 9780786473960