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Chess columns in newspapers

The earliest known chess column appeared in the Lancet in 1823, but due to lack of popularity disappeared after less than a year.

The first column to establish itself was that of George Walker[?] in Bells Life[?] in 1834 which survived until 1873. From February 15, 1845 onwards it faced competition from Howard Staunton's column in the Illustrated London News[?] a column which outsurvived Walkers, but only by 5 years. During this time a chess column also appeared in the Pictorial Times lasting from February 1845 to June 1848.

In 1882 H. E. Bird in his Chess History and Reminiscences[?] estimated that there were 150 chess columns. Less than thirty years later in 1913 Harrold Murray[?] in his History of Chess[?] estimated there existed at least 1000 chess column worldwide.



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