Albert W. Fox. A Chess Life On And Off The Board

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John S. Hilbert
620 Pages
Publication date
November 16, 2022
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Discover the fascinating life and chess career of Albert W. Fox, a man of many talents who left an indelible mark on the world of chess. This exhaustively researched biography delves into the life of a individual who was not only an exceptional chess player but also a gifted journalist, lawyer, and family man. Fox's remarkable journey took him from the esteemed Brooklyn and Manhattan chess clubs to the historic Cambridge Springs 1904 tournament, where he emerged as the youngest participant, defeating chess legends such as Schlechter, Janowski, Chigorin, and others.

What sets this biography apart is its meticulous attention to detail, thorough research, and engaging narrative that brings Fox's life to life. The book is a treasure trove of information, featuring 185 games and fragments from Fox's remarkable chess career, as well as 159 rarely seen games by other notable players of the time. Additionally, the book boasts an impressive 94 illustrations, including never-before-published photographs of Fox and his family, offering a unique glimpse into his personal life.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Fox's story is his incredible talent for chess, which earned him recognition from none other than the legendary Capablanca, who described him as "one of the most promising young players in the world at the time he gave up chess to engage in newspaper work, and I still think he is the best odds giver I have ever seen." Fox's chess career was filled with stunning victories, including his famous queen sacrifices, which left a lasting impression on the chess community.

However, Fox's life extended far beyond the chessboard. As a successful journalist, he wrote for prominent newspapers, including the Washington Post, where he reported on politics and international affairs. His fluency in multiple languages, European education, and insider knowledge of senators, congressmen, and presidents made him a respected and influential figure in his field. Later, as a lawyer, his clients included the owner of the Hope Diamond, a testament to his exceptional professional prowess.

This biography is a masterclass in storytelling, weaving together Fox's chess career, personal life, and professional achievements into a rich tapestry of American chess history. The author, John S. Hilbert, is renowned for his meticulous research and engaging writing style, which has earned him widespread acclaim among chess enthusiasts and historians. "Albert W. Fox: A Chess Life On and Off the Board" is an indispensable addition to any chess library, offering a captivating glimpse into the life of a remarkable individual who left an indelible mark on the world of chess.

This beautifully crafted hardcover book is a collector's item, featuring 620 pages of meticulously researched material, including games, biographical sketches, and stunning illustrations. With its rich historical context and gripping narrative, "Albert W. Fox: A Chess Life On and Off the Board" is a must-read for chess enthusiasts, historians, and anyone interested in the fascinating world of American chess.
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