Dr Timothy Harding's homepage

This section is my private website. I am also on Twitter @TimDHarding.

You can read here about my academic publications and my chess books, especially Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography. Reader reviews would be very welcome at my pages on Goodreads.com and Amazon (both as Tim Harding), or Amazon UK (as T. D. Harding).

My first book for McFarland, Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland, 1824-1987, was nominated for the English Chess Federation's Book of the Year award in 2011.

My Eminent Victorian Chess Players, is also still available. Three articles by me for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography were added to its online edition in May 2012.

I am now writing articles for Worldchess about the history of the World Chess Championship and some topical events. I wrote a monthly column, The Kibitzer at The Chess Cafe website from 1996 to mid-2015 which ended due to problems with that website.

See a list of further articles on this website and another which raises queries about chess research I am currently engaged upon. See also The Chess History Research Zone.

My doctoral thesis on correspondence chess in Britain & Ireland, 1824-1914, was accepted in 2009.

On 10 July 2009 I was formally conferred with the PhD degree in History by Dr Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland), the Chancellor of the University of Dublin. In my youth I was a student at Oxford University (Pembroke College) where I earned two degrees.

For seven academic years I did part-time undergraduate teaching on twentieth century European history but have now retired from this work to concentrate on research and writing.

Tim Harding, in doctoral robes, with the statue of Dr George Salmon, the distinguished Irish mathematician and theologian, also Provost of TCD.

Salmon was an opponent of both Morphy (1858) and Steinitz (1881) and once beat Harrwitz playing level.

I am also doing further research into the history of indoor games, on which I spoke at a conference in Dublin in June 2012. Also I began a (currently paused) research and writing project about Burma, with which I have a family connection. A few years ago I edited my late father's war memoir, Copper Wire, but the pages about it are no longer on this website.

I have been playing chess both over the board and by correspondence since the 1960s and have written about chess for over 30 years. I played on board 6 for Ireland in the Final of the 15th CC Olympiad and captained the team. I was on the Irish OTB team at the 1984 FIDE Olympiad in Thessaloniki, scoring 50%.

About three years ago I started playing tournaments again and scored 6.5/11 in the 2014 World Senior (65+) Championship. In September 2015 I won the Irish Veterans Chess Championship (for players aged 60+) at the first time of asking. In the summer of 2016 I captained the Irish team in the World Senior Team Championship 65+, the first time a team from this country participated in a senior team event.

I am also currently playing for Dublin University in the Irish league (Armstrong Cup) competition.

My International Master of Correspondence Chess title (1997) was earned in the postal and pre-engine era.

In 2002 I was awarded ICCF's Senior International Master title after achieving first place in the ICCF Delegates & Officials IM-A tournament.

I only play casual CC nowadays, with the British Correspondence Chess Association.

I am the author of many chess books, mostly about chess openings and correspondence chess. Most of these are now out of print and many (on openings) are superseded. My chess history books are mostly in print.

NB: I sometimes have private offers on eBay but this website does not sell anything.
I founded Chess Mail Ltd. in 1996 and the magazine was published in nine volumes (82 numbers) ending in January 2006. In 2010 we decided to retire from sales and production, and closed down the business. My wife is Irish and we have 2 adult daughters.

My best success as an OTB player was joint first with GM Bojan Kurajica at the 1973 Hammersmith Open in London ahead of many masters and GMs; we each scored 6.5/7, drawing against Jonathan Mestel. I also won won several weekend Open events in England, Wales, and Ireland during the 1970s, and a good prize (4th place) at the Le Havre 1980 international open.

I edited an anthology of CC writings, The Write Move, and compiled the UltraCorr CD database series.

History of the Hardings (research by Steve Harding, of Nottingham University: no relation, so far as I know!)

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