Dr Timothy Harding's homepage

This section is my private website. You can read here about my academic publications, my chess books, and especially my latest book, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, which McFarland has published . 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 previous 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. I am now doing research for a biography for the same publisher.

Three articles by me for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography were added to its online edition in May 2012.

I have been writing a monthly column, The Kibitzer at The Chess Cafe website since 1996. An index table links to the archive of my articles. While the Chess Cafe was being redesigned, some new research articles were posted here.

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. The photograph on the right was taken that day.

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 ditinguished Irish mathematician and theologian, also Provost of TCD. He 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 have started an entirely separate research and writing project about Burma, with which I have a family connection. You can read about my visit to that country. A few years ago I edited my late father's war memoir, Copper Wire, and there are some pages about it on this website.

I have been playing chess both OTB 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 am currently playing for Dublin University in the Irish league (Armstrong Cup) competition. I was on the Irish team at the 1984 FIDE Olympiad in Thessaloniki, scoring 50%.

I am a Senior International Master of Correspondence Chess (awarded by ICCF in 2002). First place in the ICCF Delegates & Officials IM-A tournament helped me to earn that title

I am also 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 an Irishwoman and we have two grown-up 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 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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