Thomas Frère and the Brotherhood of Chess

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This work reveals the the 19th century development of chess through the writings of Thomas Frère: books, letters, chess columns and scrapbooks, illuminating important players of the time and their games. The main text is divided into four sections covering 1827-1900. the first looks at the early years as chess moved from private to public venues, and formal chess clubs were established such as Frère's Brooklyn Chess Club in 1856.The second section deals with the First American Chess Congress and the advent of Paul Morphy and the third is on Frère's role in the first formal world chess Championship, thoroughly documented in his letters.The fourth section examines the last decade of the 1800s as chess moved in the 1900s.

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