Richard Forster holds a doctorate in computational linguistics and the international master title in chess. He works as a technical writer in information technology and is also the chess columnist of the Neue Zurcher Zeitung. He has participated in four chess Olympiads, and in 2010 he won third prize in the strongest Swiss championship to date, scoring his second grandmaster norm. He is the author of the highly-acclaimed chess biography Amos Burn (McFarland, 2004) and co-editor of the monumental German monograph Emanuel Lasker: Denker, Weltenburger, Schachweltmeister (Exzelsior Verlag, 2009).
"vividly depicts the Victorian/Edwardian chess world in which he played...excellent photographs...beautifully printed"-British Chess Federation "must be considered the definitive biography of the Englishman Amos Burn. It's an incredible achievement. Four Stars"-Chess Horizons "Richard Forster and McFarland have done the chess world proud with this volume...Forster has happily found a publisher willing and able to give the subject the treatment it deserves"-Chess Mail