Johannes Zukertort: Artist of the Chessboard

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Author: Adams, Jimmy

Year: 1989

Publisher: Caissa Editions

Place: Yorklin, Delaware


534 pages with diagrams, plate, illustration, tables and indexes. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6) Bound in original red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. First edition limited to 575 copies.

As one of the contestants in the first official World Championship match in 1886, Johannes Hermann Zukertort (1842-1888), is undeniably one of the great players of chess history. Despite a commanding lead in the early stages of that match, Zukertort ultimately had to bow for Steinitz, plagued by health problems that would cause his untimely death only two years later. The high-point of Zukertort s career was his triumph at the 1883 super-tournament in London. His dazzling win against Blackburne still stands as one of the greatest games of all time. Acclaimed chess author Jimmy Adams presents a selection of Zukertort s best games, mainly annotated by Zukertort himself, and a collection of insightful articles on Zukertort from contemporary sources. At heart, Zukertort always remained an artist of the chessboard and his dash and brilliance resulted in many wonderful games. He was a profound analyst, had a tremendous amount of opening theory stored in his astonishing memory and also was an excellent endgame player. In this monumental book, originally published in 1989 in a limited edition and highly sought after by chess collectors, Jimmy Adams brings Zukertort s masterpieces to the notice of today s chess world and secures his rightful place in history as an important link between the old combinational and the modern positional school.


Small stain at page 93 else a very good to fine copy issued without jacket.