Walter Penn Shipley: Philadelphia's Friend of Chess

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Walter Penn Shipley was crucial to the development of chess in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He organized correspondence chess in the United States in the 1890s, was a talented player and was a friend of world champions and contenders. He served as the president of the Franklin Chess Club in Philadelphia at the height of its power and prestige. This work is a complete biography and games collection of Walter Penn Shipley. It draws from original documents--correspondence with Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Pillsbury and others, detailed Shipley family records--and extensive research conducted in contemporary newspapers, journals and magazines. The book contains approximately 250 games (most of them annotated), with 246 positional diagrams.

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John S. Hilbert is a senior attorney for the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration. He lives in Amherst, New York.

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"well-researched"--Chess Horizons; "recommend[ed]...lives up to its publisher's standard for quality books"--Chess Mail; "wonderful book"--IM John Donaldson (JeremySilman.com); "a fine addition to any library on chess, chess players, and correspondence chess, and is a worthy contribution to the literature of the game of Kings"--Quarterly for Chess History; "extremely well-written"--Squares; "cover[s] unexplored territory in chess history...a great book...heavily researched...a large amount of previously unknown material...the physical production of the book itself is in the finest traditions of McFarland...the library quality binding, glossy photographs from the Shipley family archive (including some never-before seen photos of Capablanca), and beautiful layout speak louder than words of the care put into production of this volume...the contents of this book are as wonderful as the production...a fine addition"--Correspondence Chess; "fills out the historical record and should delight fans"--ChessCenter.com; "splendidly researched"--The New York Post.

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