Brian is well known as the webmaster of a very fine website on the chess endgame which has rather unfortunately been forced to lie fallow for some time. However, he has still been active in research and this book is the result. John Brown (1827-63) was a one time Wesleyan preacher at Bridport and during his lifetime constructed many chess problems, most of which were collected in a book entitled "Chess Strategy" published by his admirers in 1865 to raise funds for his bereaved family.
This new book contains 50 problems selected from "Chess Strategy" together with the solutions. The selected problems are mostly 3 movers, and Brian not only gives the solutions but explains some of the themes in the unique vocabulary of chess composers. If you have skipped over problems in the past as being a mysterious branch of chess appealing to aficionados only, then why not dally awhile and acquaint yourselves with the beauty of the solutions and the benefit you might acquire for your over-the-board activities. Brian has undertaken extensive research taking him to the nooks and crannies of many libraries. It is an authoritative work on this 19th Century chess composer. (W.A.Frost, Chess Devon)
Brian was born in Essex but grew up in Clevedon, Somerset. It was here that he learned to play chess at Clevedon School and was encouraged by Mike Nobes who ran the school chess club.He played for the school team and local clubs and went on to play for Somerset junior and senior teams. Lately he has played for Devon. In 1994 Brian revised Fred Reinfeld's popular book "Beginners Guide to Winning Chess". He used it as the basis of a chess course he taught at the City of Bath College in the mid- 90s. He has worked in education and engineering and his other interests include local history and most aspects of science. He enjoys swimming, walking and is a keen member of a local running club. As a young man he was priviledged to know Sir George Thomas, a former doyen of British Chess.