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Mr. Neil R. Brennen


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The Chess World

Background Information

Employment History


Correspondence Chess


Pennsylvania State Chess Federation

Board Member
International Email Chess Club


Web References (33 Total References)

The Campbell Report - Correspondence Chess [cached]

(15 Nov 2005): Wanted: Opponents by Neil Brennen

When you want a cc opponent these days there are many possible resources. But back in 1876, before cc organizations were established, it wasn't so simple. Read chess historian Neil Brennen's article on one player who found a solution to this dilemma. Read Wanted: Opponents by Neil Brennen in the "On the Square" collection.
Once again this site was named the "Best Correspondence Chess Web Site", and Neil Brennen was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the "Best Historical Article" category for his article at this site "The Process of Creation: Correspondence Play and the Growth of Chess in Texas a Century Ago" . Also, congratulations to CCLA and the editor Joseph Ganem for once again winning "Best Correspondence Chess Magazine" with The Chess Correspondent.
(9 May 2005): Historical Article by Neil Brennen
"The Historian" is back again with his 10th article at The Campbell Report. It was first published in the January-February 2005 issue of Texas Knights, the official journal of the Texas Chess Association and is republished here with permission of the author. Read The Process of Creation: Correspondence Play and the Growth of Chess in Texas a Century Ago by Neil Brennen in the "On the Square" collection of articles to experience postal chess in Texas a century ago.
I just posted the Confidential Email from The Historian sent to me by Neil Brennen, otherwise known as The Historian, to the "On the Square" collection.
Neil Brennen "The Historian"
Chess historian Neil Brennen has provided another article covering an aspect of American cc history and the need to preserve valuable records for future generations.
Read the appropriately named Sculpting in Snow by Neil Brennen, who is affectionately known to his friends as "The Historian", based on an attempted insult by a nameless author on a nameless chess newsgroup.

The Campbell Report - Correspondence Chess [cached]

(20 December 2004): I just posted Chess Reconstruction: Jacob Elson in Memphis by Neil Brennen to the "On the Square" collection of articles.

Best Historical Article ... Neil Brennen's article The Champion of the North: James Jellett's Adventures in American Chess
Check out Neil Brennen's history of this interesting ploy ... read The Whitaker Trap .
Neil Brennen Chess Historian Neil Brennen
Historian Neil Brennen said, "I can take care of that! Well, I've taken considerable liberty with how it actually happened, but suffice it to say that Neil Brennen has written a fascinating article on the history of chess in Minnesota, focusing on the interesting character James Jellett, along with a database of games made available here in replay format.
See: The Champion of the North: James Jellett's Adventures in American Chess by Neil Brennen

The Campbell Report - Correspondence Chess [cached]

Read fellow chess historian Neil Brennen's tribute to this wonderful chess author A Tribute to Ken Whyld : Three New Lasker Games

Neil Brennen
(14 June 2003): Have you ever thought about what a rejection letter from The Campbell Report would look like?I must admit that I hadn't.But that didn't stop chess journalist Neil Brennen from pondering this significant subject.Read his new article A selection of rejection letters from The Campbell Report to see what happens when a famous chess historian focuses his skills and creativity on chess humor.
(6 May 2003): Now available is a review by Neil Brennen of the new chess magazine Squares: The Chess World's Picture Magazine.
One chess historian comments on the work of another chess historian ... read Neil Brennen's interesting commentary and his review of the book Walter Penn Shipley: Philadelphia's Friend of Chess by John Hilbert.

I've been lucky to attract ... [cached]

I've been lucky to attract some first-class writers, such as John Knudsen (who contributed the first article), my long-time friend Roy DeVault (you should read his "How My Wife Almost Wrote a Chess Book" at, Robert Rizzo, Christian Sender, and well known chess historians John S. Hilbert and Neil Brennen (Hilbert later published a book of his collected writings, including ten articles first published at my site).

"The Caged Bird: The Story of T. A. Thompson" by Neil R. Brennen [cached]

Following is the 12th article at this web site by chess historian Neil Brennen. Neil wrote, "My friend Olimpiu Urcan calls people such as Thompson, Mrs. Gilbert, and the other minor figures I write about 'marginals', meaning that they are marginalized by chess and chess history because they are not grandmasters or World Champion.

by Neil R. Brennen
© 2006 Neil R. Brennen. All rights reserved.

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