"Chess historians are marginals themselves, as a matter of fact maybe of the most unfortunate type. They live at the periphery of historical writing and, if that isn’t enough, at the periphery of the chess world. In spite of its very reduced audience, I think chess history writing has progressed greatly in the last 40 years. Not only in respect to the quantity of books written, but also in respect to a certain trend of producing superior works and establishing a clearer scientifically-based methodology of work. ... But my feeling is that, as long as it is not connected to serious academic circles, chess history writing will remain a hobby or an after-work preoccupation for most of these writers, since the majority of them realized that making it a business makes no or little financial sense. Their labors of love will still be published, but they will still be individual efforts bought only by the long-lasting chess collector, the most loyal reader, client, and, at times, patron of a chess historian."
Some additional articles by Olimpiu Urcan include:
- A Puzzling Death at the Mysterious Fulton Chess Club
- Adolf Albin and the Genesis of the Albin Counter Gambit, Part One
- Adolf Albin and the Genesis of the Albin Counter Gambit, Part Two
- The Forgotten Tour: Alekhine's Chess Exhibitions in Singapore
- Louis van Vliet: Master or Mugger?
- Geller's Nightmare (with Marius Ceteras)
- The Mysterious Chess Life of Rudolph L. Sze
- Living the American Dream: Julius Finn (1871-1931)
- The path to self-damnation: the dangers of self-publishing
- The Saddle of Correspondence Chess - An episode from Old Singapore 1900-1902
- Chess and Madness
- Bonnie and Clyde
- Ready for War over the Board
- A Thousand Kings in Singapore
- The McDonaldization of Chess
Olimpiu Urcan himself wrote to add one item to the list:
Captain Vladimir Sournin:A Russian Chess Player's Exploits in America (September 1, 2006)
I take it that means my webliography is complete....