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Tragic Life And Short Chess Career Of James A Leonard 1841-1862

Tragic Life And Short Chess Career Of James A Leonard 1841-1862

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John Hilbert
The Civil War cost America many of its best and brightest in every field of endeavour. James A. Leonard was one such loss: a brilliant up-and-coming chess player in 1861-62 before he made the decision to serve his country during wartime.
Born on November 6th, 1841, James A. Leonard was the son of a poor Irish immigrant who grew up in a time when interest in chess was experiencing a revival, and contemporaries such as Paul Morphy, Eugene Delmar and Leonard’s mentor Philip Richardson captured the interest of a country. Leonard defeated a number of the country’s notable chess players and was viewed by some as the "New Morphy".
This biography discusses what little is known of Leonard’s life and death but concentrates primarily on Leonard’s ability and his sadly shortened career. Game scores and diagrams from 96 of Leonard’s games are included, with detailed descriptions regarding place, date and opponents. John S. Hilbert is a senior attorney for the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration. He is also is renowned chess author and historian.
pub. 2006, hardback, 222 pages.

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