Olimpiu G. Urcan

is creating a digital chess column
A Digital Column

Beginning with June 2018, on this Patreon page, functioning essentially as a subscription-based digital column, fans of chess history will find newly discovered games, in-depth analysis, interviews, editorials, various audio-visual material, reviews, archival items and much more. Most of this material will be drawn from my own research but, occasionally, subscribers will get access to substantial contributions from several distinguished guests as well.

In regard to what kind of content subscribers should expect, in addition to this list of published books, I should add that between 2009 and 2015 I contributed a monthly column for the Chess Café website (with guest columns by the indefatigable John S. Hilbert). For the past decade, I've also contributed regularly to Edward Winter’s ground-breaking Chess Notes column, the place for chess history in the digital world. 

Game scores are given as downloadable ChessBase files, with annotations. The material presented in this column is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without permission. 

Olimpiu G. Urcan

June 4, 2018

Tiers
Basic Subscription
$2 or more per month

A basic subscriber will get access to 80% of the published posts per year.

Premium Subscription
$5 or more per month
A premium subscriber will receive access to all published posts and PGN files.
ELITE Subscription
$20 or more per month

An ELITE subscriber will receive the following:

 ✓ access to all published posts

 ✓ access to all PGN files

 ✓ a signed copy of W.H.K. Pollock: A Chess Biography with 523 Games (McFarland, 2017) 

 ✓ 20% discount to any of our books published by McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers


SG Subscription
$50 or more per month

A Singapore-based SG subscriber will receive the following:

 ✓ access to all Patreon posts and PGN files

 ✓ exclusive access to sgchess.net (local coverage and events)

 ✓ a signed copy of Singapore Chess: A History, 1945-1990 (World Scientific, 2017)


Research+ Subscription
$200 or more per month

Research+ subscribers who commit to a minimum two-year long subscription will receive the following: 

 ✓ access to all Patreon posts and PGN files

 ✓ full access to our Past Pieces column (ChessCafé.com, 2009-2015)

 ✓  in-advance access to book excerpts and access to future e-books published here 

 ✓ a personalized set of "complete works" (six of our books, each autographed) 

 ✓ upon-request research assistance on historical and editorial matters 

Goals
10% complete
My goals with this Patreon project include: 
• to secure sufficient funding that guarantees regular access to valuable archives (digital repositories, libraries, university collections, private archives) in order to offer quality material in this column 
• when an initial target of 300 patrons is reached, a substantial chess history book project will be initiated with its first 50 autographed copies to be awarded to the most loyal subscribers
• to support other worthy historical projects by competent authors
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A Digital Column

Beginning with June 2018, on this Patreon page, functioning essentially as a subscription-based digital column, fans of chess history will find newly discovered games, in-depth analysis, interviews, editorials, various audio-visual material, reviews, archival items and much more. Most of this material will be drawn from my own research but, occasionally, subscribers will get access to substantial contributions from several distinguished guests as well.

In regard to what kind of content subscribers should expect, in addition to this list of published books, I should add that between 2009 and 2015 I contributed a monthly column for the Chess Café website (with guest columns by the indefatigable John S. Hilbert). For the past decade, I've also contributed regularly to Edward Winter’s ground-breaking Chess Notes column, the place for chess history in the digital world. 

Game scores are given as downloadable ChessBase files, with annotations. The material presented in this column is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without permission. 

Olimpiu G. Urcan

June 4, 2018

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Tiers
Basic Subscription
$2 or more per month

A basic subscriber will get access to 80% of the published posts per year.

Premium Subscription
$5 or more per month
A premium subscriber will receive access to all published posts and PGN files.
ELITE Subscription
$20 or more per month

An ELITE subscriber will receive the following:

 ✓ access to all published posts

 ✓ access to all PGN files

 ✓ a signed copy of W.H.K. Pollock: A Chess Biography with 523 Games (McFarland, 2017) 

 ✓ 20% discount to any of our books published by McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers


SG Subscription
$50 or more per month

A Singapore-based SG subscriber will receive the following:

 ✓ access to all Patreon posts and PGN files

 ✓ exclusive access to sgchess.net (local coverage and events)

 ✓ a signed copy of Singapore Chess: A History, 1945-1990 (World Scientific, 2017)


Research+ Subscription
$200 or more per month

Research+ subscribers who commit to a minimum two-year long subscription will receive the following: 

 ✓ access to all Patreon posts and PGN files

 ✓ full access to our Past Pieces column (ChessCafé.com, 2009-2015)

 ✓  in-advance access to book excerpts and access to future e-books published here 

 ✓ a personalized set of "complete works" (six of our books, each autographed) 

 ✓ upon-request research assistance on historical and editorial matters