Julius Finn: A Chess Master's Life in America, 1871-1931

Julius Finn: A Chess Master's Life in America, 1871-1931

by Olimpiu G. Urcan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786442836
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Series: Sport & Leisure/Chess
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Olimpiu G. Urcan is a Singapore-based chess historian. He contributes regularly to Edward Winter’s Chess Notes and is the author of several chess biographies published by McFarland.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Foreword by John S. Hilbert ix

Acknowledgments x

Preface xi

A Note to the Reader xiii

Prologue 1



Part I: A Peddler’s Rise on the Lower East Side, 1871–1900

1. Coming to America, 1871 –1894 5

2. First Forays into Chess, 1895–1900 11

3. A Rising Blindfold Artist, 1898–1900 26



Part II: Among New York’s Best, 1901–1905

4. The Very Busy Year 1901 39

5. The NYSCA Midsummer Meeting, July 1902 68

6. A Manhattan Man, 1903–1905 88

7. Equitable Life Insurance Agent 105

8. More Chess in New York, July–November 1905 113



Part III: Marketing a Rich Man’s Gambit, 1903–1916

9. With Rice and His Gambit, 1903–1905 131

10. A Match with Napier, January 1906 147

11. King of New York, 1906–1907 157

12. The End of the Rice Brotherhood, 1908–1916 186



Part IV: The Last Years, 1929–1931

13. A Preëminent Chess Official, 1910–1928 215

14. A Last Game of Chess, 1929–1931 236



Epilogue 242

Appendix I: Finn’s Tournament Record 243

Appendix II: Finn’s Match Record 244

Appendix III: Finn’s Simultaneous Exhibitions Record 245

Appendix IV: Finn’s Blindfold Simultaneous Exhibitions Record 247

Chapter Notes 249

Selected Bibliography 259

Index to Finn’s Games (game numbers) 261

Index of Openings—Finn’s Games (game numbers) 262

Index of Supplementary Games and Positions (page numbers) 263

Index of Supplementary Game Openings (page numbers) 264

Index of Tables 265

Index to Illustrations 266

General Index 267

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