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Dr Tim Harding  
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  Tim's correspondence chess history

New series at Research Zone

Our Chess History Research Zone was inaugurated in April 2011 with new content added throughout 2012 and again in 2015 and 2016.

This month we began a new series of articles about problems with the records of important 19th century games in some books and databases.

The first article, published last weekend, deals with serious issues concerning several games between the first two world champions, Steinitz and Lasker.

The second article, out this weekend, deals with other games from the later career of Steinitz.

In 2018 McFarland published Tim's book British Chess Literature to 1914: a handbook for historians. This included some of the research results formerly posted here (and much else besides).

It incorporates a great deal of Tim's discoveries and thoughts concerning chess columns, chess magazines and books and about chess history research in general.

Still available here, for a limited time only, are some topics not covered by that work and our new book on Steinitz:

Blackburne book: updates

Steinitz book: news and updates. Tim's articles on Steinitz's visits to Dublin have been withdrawn as these have been rewritten with extra games and new information in his book.

Tim's work in progress page.

MacDonnell versus Wisker match, 1874

Zukertort in Dublin, 1879

London Vizayanagaram tournament, 1883

Dublin University Chess Club history