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DUBUQUE CHESS JOURNAL. This widely respected publication edited by Orestes Augustus BROWNSON was published in the offices of the DUBUQUE HERALD from August, 1870 until it was sold in 1876. (1) The publication was one of two internationally which was exclusively dedicated to chess. (2) After the publication was sold, it was then published in Hannibal, Missouri until June, 1892. (3)

The Journal had eighteen volumes and 160 issues. Well known by chess problem "composers" and students around the world, the publication contained short stories with chess themes; chess poetry; chess news from chess clubs in the United States, Europe and Australia; and obituaries of prominent chess players.




1. "Chess," Dubuque Herald, April 18, 1876, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18760418&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.