Thomas Frere and the Brotherhood of Chess: A History of 19th Century Chess in New York City Martin Frere Hillyer

ISBN: 9780786423279

Published: May 1st 2006

Hardcover

211 pages


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Thomas Frere and the Brotherhood of Chess: A History of 19th Century Chess in New York City  by  Martin Frere Hillyer

Thomas Frere and the Brotherhood of Chess: A History of 19th Century Chess in New York City by Martin Frere Hillyer
May 1st 2006 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 211 pages | ISBN: 9780786423279 | 4.56 Mb

The 19th century in America saw the evolution of a leisure society. Enjoying numerous technological advances, people had free time to indulge in a variety of pursuits. An assortment of board games flooded American homes. By the middle of the century,MoreThe 19th century in America saw the evolution of a leisure society.

Enjoying numerous technological advances, people had free time to indulge in a variety of pursuits. An assortment of board games flooded American homes. By the middle of the century, chess had surpassed all other games with its popularity. The author of three important chess texts, Thomas Frere was instrumental in the growth of chess as a significant American pastime. This work provides an historical and chronological look at the 19th century development of chess through the writings of Thomas Frere.

His books, letters, chess columns and scrapbooks chronicles the ways chess evolved over the greater part of the 1800s, and illuminates important players of the time and their games. The main text is divided into four sections covering 1827-1900. The first section looks at the early years as chess moved from private to public venues, discussing the establishment of formal chess clubs such as Freres 1855 Brooklyn Chess Club.

The second section deals with the First American Chess Congress and the advent of Paul Morphy to the world of chess. championship, a role thoroughly documented in Freres letters. The fourth section examines the last decade of the 1800s and the steps that led chess into the 20th century.



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