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Frank Marshall, United States chess champion : a biography with 220 games
Soltis, Andy, 1947-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [1994]

Physical Description:
viii, 383 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV1439.M35 S65 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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. He claimed that after learning the game at the age of 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.

Author Notes

Chess Grandmaster Andy Soltis has been influential in chess circles for more than three decades. His written works include The Inner Game of Chess: How They Calculate and Win and Grandmaster Secret Endings.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Although pricey, this biography and catalog of Marshall, champ from 1907 to 1936, pays off handsomely for chess enthusiasts. The life is here, based on Marshall's autobiography. But the games themselves--ably described by grandmaster and chess journalist Soltis--are the soul of the book. Taken from Marshall's international competitions with great players such as Lasker and Tarrasch, the scorecards track the move-by-move evolution toward modern strategies, while simultaneously conveying how "chess was transformed from a pastime to a profession." Best for libraries where there is a thriving local interest in the game. ~--Gilbert Taylor