Correspondence Chess In Britain And Ireland 1824-1987

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1
Abbreviations 6
Annotation Symbols 6

1. Capital Letters: Edinburgh versus London, 1824–1828 7
2. Heyday of the Inter-Club Matches 28
3. Penny Post and Private Matches 50
4. Moves Over the Wires: Chess Adopts Technology 64
5. The Earliest Postal Tournaments, 1853 to 1870 78
6. Changing Times: The 1870s and 1880s 95
7. “A Battle at Long Range”: The United Kingdom versus the United States, 1877–1881 114
8. The Growth of Tournaments, 1870 to 1897 127
9. Scottish Correspondence Chess to 1918 161
10. Irish and Welsh Correspondence Chess to 1918 177
11. The English Scene, 1890 to 1918 195
12. From One War to the Next, 1918 to 1939 222
13. Correspondence Chess During World War II 246
14. International Revival, 1946 to 1951 261
15. Domestic Competitions, 1946 to 1970 273
16. Crisis and Resolution: Britain and the International
Correspondence Chess Federation, 1951 to 1971 294
17. The Home Front: The 1970s and 1980s 308
18. Growth and Success, 1972 to 1982 330
19. Becoming World Champions 343

Appendix I. Matches Between Clubs 355
Appendix II. Lists of Champions 365
Appendix III. Excerpts from Rules and Other Documents 375
Appendix IV. British and Irish Holders of I.C.C.F. Titles 386
Chapter Notes 389
Select Bibliography 409
Index of Images 413
Index of Opponents 413
Index of Openings by Name 415
Index of Openings by ECO Code 415
General Index 416