This page is for all works published in Ireland or by Irish authors: books, journals, columns, articles, and DVDs. There are quite a few of these so the list will be built up gradually (give the scale of the task, possibly very gradually!).
Eminent Victorian Chess Players
61 photos, diagrams, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
406pp, softcover (7 x 10), McFarland 2012. Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6568-2. Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-0143-4.
This book portrays British chess life in the nineteenth century through biographical studies of ten players who shaped the modern game. From Captain Evans, inventor of the famous gambit, to Isidor Gunsberg, England’s first challenger for the world championship, personal narratives are blended with game annotations to reassess players’ achievements and character … (From publisher’s summary.)
Reviews: John Donaldson | John Elburg | Adrian Harvey (Kingpin) | Carl Portman | John D. Warth | John Watson (The Week in Chess) | Bab H. Wilder.
Ordering information: Amazon | Chesscafe.com | McFarland
Correspondence Chess in Great Britain and Ireland, 1824-1987
53 photos, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
439pp, softcover (7 x 10), McFarland 2011. ISBN: 978-0-7864-4553-0.
Exploring a bygone aspect of intellectual sport, this book details the history of British and Irish correspondence chess from the first formal match between Edinburgh and London in 1824 well into the 1980s, the most successful period in British correspondence chess … (From publisher’s summary.)
Is í Úna O’Boyle an chéad duine riamh a chuir peann ar phár sa Ghaeilge mar gheall ar an gcluiche cláir is cáiliúla agus is casta ar domhan, an fhicheall … [Úna O’Boyle is the first person ever to put pen to paper in Irish about the most famous board game in the world, chess …] (From publisher’s summary.)
The Complete Games of Bobby Fischer
Robert G. Wade and Kevin J. O’Connell
484 pp, softcover, Ishi Press 2009 (April 30). ISBN: 978-0-9238-9137-4. Descriptive notation. Previously printed by Henry Holt & Co. 1992 (462pp, softcover), ISBN: 978-0-8050-2623-8.
This unique, definitive record of Fischer’s amazing career includes: Every traceable serious game that Fischer played from 1955 to 1977; Numerous game annotations; A complete record of Fischer’s tournaments and matches; Special articles by Grandmasters Keres and Bisguier, former British champions Golombek and Barden, and openings expert Blackstock … (From publisher’s summary.)
Ordering information: Amazon
The c3 Sicilian is one of White’s most popular and poisonous ways to avoid the main lines of the Sicilian. With the forcing line 1 e4 c5 2 c3, White denies his opponent the chance to demonstrate his preparation in some chaotic system; instead Black will have to fight carefully for equality in a more rational position of White’s choosing … (From publisher’s summary.)
The Advance Variation is a popular and direct way of meeting the ultra-solid French Defence. Very early on in the game White opts to fix the pawn structure and establishes a genuine space advantage, upon which he later hopes to mount a serious attack. … In this book, opening expert Sam Collins explains the strategies and tactics of this dynamic opening, studying both the main lines as well as the more offbeat variations. (From publisher’s summary.)
This major new work surveys all chess openings, providing a guide to every critical main line and featuring descriptions of the typical strategies for both sides. … Covers all chess openings, with verbal explanations of the ideas. This is the first book of the modern era to do this. (From publisher’s summary.)
Last updated 8th January 2014.