Frank Marshall, United States Chess Champion: A Biography with 220 Games

Frank Marshall, United States Chess Champion: A Biography with 220 Games

by Andy Soltis


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Frank Marshall (1877–1944) reigned as America’s chess champion from 1907 through 1936—the longest stint of anyone in history. A colorful character almost always decked out in an ascot and chewing a cigar, his career coincided with many evolutionary changes in competitive chess.
Marshall was a master gamesman. He took up the game of salta, akin to Chinese checkers, and was soon world champion. But more than anything, he loved chess, claiming that after he learned the game at 10 he played every day for the next 57 years. Marshall’s life and playing style are fully examined here, including 220 of his games (some never before published) with 190 positional diagrams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786475018
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/22/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Grandmaster Andrew Soltis, eight times champion of the Marshall Chess Club, New York Post editor and Chess Life columnist, is the author of dozens of chess books. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 When Chess Was Young 1

2 Paris 1900 14

3 Sophomore Marshall 26

4 Cambridge Springs 57

5 Consistently Inconsistent 73

6 Candidate Marshall 98

7 The Longest Trip 116

Between pages 152 and 153 are 8 pages of plates containing 14 photographs

8 A Year at Home 153

9 Swindle! 167

10 The Great Tournaments 175

11 Farewell to Europe 207

12 The War Years 230

13 The House That Marshall Built 245

14 Another Lasker 255

15 European Comeback 273

16 A Lion in Winter 292

17 The Gold Medals 320

18 Sunset 340

Tournament and Match Record 365

Bibliography 369

Index 373

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