Johannes Hermann Zukertort (1842-1888) is one of the great players of chess history. The high-point of Zukertort's career was his triumph at the 1883 "super-tournament" in London. His dazzling win against Blackburne still stands as one of the greatest games of all time.
In spite of this, the chess world has largely forgotten the contribution of Zukertort to the development of chess. His loss, to Steinitz, in the first official World Championship in 1886, and his premature death two years later, meant his legacy was forgotten. His innovative opening play and attempt to fuse the "romantic" style of Morphy and Anderssen with the new positional concepts developed by himself and Steinitz were never fully developed.
In "Johannes Zukertort: Artist of the Chessboard" acclaimed chess author Jimmy Adams presents a selection of over 300 of Zukertort's tournament, match, odds, consultation and blindfold games. These are mainly annotated by Zukertort himself, or sometimes by contemporaries such as Blackburne, Steinitz, Potter, Schallop etc., The book also includes a collection of insightful articles on Zukertort from contemporary sources.
In this monumental book, originally published in 1989 in a limited edition and highly sought after by chess collectors, Jimmy Adams brings Zukertort's masterpieces to the notice of todays chess world and secures his rightful place in history as an important link between the old combinational and the modern positional school.
The book features indexes of players and openings as well as a complete list of games included.
Jimmy Adams is a prolific chess author who has written, translated and compiled a wide range of books on openings, historical tournaments and legendary players.
Published 2014, softback, 541 pages.Sample pages (pdf)