About the Author
His dates are listed as 1810-22 June 1874. Bobby Fischer wrote "Staunton was the most profound opening analyst of all time. He was more theorist than player, but nonetheless he was the strongest player of his day... In addition, he understood all of the positional concepts which modern players hold dear, and thus must be considered the first modern player." Staunton played such openings as the Sicilian Defense and the Queen's Gambit in the modern style, while the other leading players were still bashing each other with King's Gambits.