CHOIX DES PARTIES LE PLUS REMARQUABLES JOUEES PAUL MORPHY, Jean Preti, Paris, 1859, h, exc, bd in 3/4 leather raised bands, marbled endpapers, scarce.A previous owner has pencilled in very lightly and neatly interesting comments throughout. 192p. Includes a two-page translation into English of Preti's preface. A fine copy. $475.
J. H. BLACKBURNE TO ?. Xerox of 2-page letter, Jan. 4, 1878. Simpson's Divan. Spells out his terms for a ten-board blindfold exhibition. Also estimates his time for a 10-board blindfold simul. $10
CHAS. A. GILBERG TO E. B. COOK, JUNE 17, 1875. ALS 1 page + 13 chess problems hand-written on diagrams with his solutions. In Gilberg's beautiful hand. $175
A MODERN SAKK VEZERKÖNYVE, G. Maroczy, Kecskemet (1940), Hungarian. Scarce. 320p. with an inscription by Maroczy to a gentleman in Budapest, Inscribed on July 4, 1940 and with extensive other inscriptions in Hungarian on 5 pages. Plus a newspaper clipping about Maroczy. This is in part a general work plus a coollection of Maroczy games. $250
BOBBY FISCHER UNCENSORED, David Delucia, Darien, 2009. h, mint. The total edition was 130 copies of which 30 were kept by the author for his family and friends. Right now , other than a few that may have drifted into the marketplace from buyers who needed the money, the space, or had edicts from wives or girlfriends who are chessophobes, I think I have the remaining six. The price now is $425, and when I get down to the last two, I'll sell those at auction. 394 pages printed on heavy fine paper with numerous reproductions of Fischer letters, hundreds photos, Fischer games scores(some not previously published), reproductions of the front covers of many tournament books and comic books of his, documents connected with play in various tournaments, many letters displaying his extreme anti-Semitic attitude, as well as his hatred for the Soviets, and confounding all this—his friendly letters to Jewish chess player friends. This will forever be a document humane for this complex, mixed-up, paranoid human who just happened to be the world's strongest chess player who also was the creator of many scintillatingly beautiful games of chess against the world's very best. $475
PAUL MORPHY, G. Maroczy, translated by Robert Sherwood from the 1909 edition published in Germany. Maroczy was the strongest player who ever annotated all of Morphy games and thus to non-German language readers, it should be of special interest, especially since the standards for analytical notes is far higher even in 1909 than were accepted when these games were played. There are all of Morphy's then known games analyzed, though a few are game fragments when the full game was not known. This 600-copy printing is the only printing which will be made. $50.
ZÜRICH 1953, M. Najdorf, Milford. 2012, p, mint. This candidates tourney was one of the strongest ever held with a stellar field of Smyslov ifo Resehevsky/ Keres/ Petrosian, Najdorf/ Geller, Kotov, ... with a bevy of fine games. Bronstein's book on this event has long been considered one of the classics in chess literature, but Najdorf's two-volume set in Spanish with its different but more intuitive notes was also highly regarded. 392p. $30
ADDITIONAL MORE RECENT ITEMS
RUUTULAUTA ROIHUAA, J. Norri, Helsingissa, 2012, Finnish. 72p. p, mint, A nice collection of 40 modern Finnish games with notes. 1978-2012. $33
KAARLE OJANEN - ELÄMÄ JA PELIT, H. Hurme et al, Helsinki, 2009. Finnish. h, mint, 272p. An extremely fine production with 92 of Ojanen's best games with full notes. His wins include one over Paul Keres in 1960. $60
SHAKKITAKTIIKAN TAIKAA, Y. Rantanen, Helsinki, 2012, Finnish. p, mint, 76p. A collection of 43 largely tactical wins of Finnish players vs other European players (1968-1978). With notes. $33
KAUNISTA SHAKKIA, E. Böök I. Kanko & P. Saharinen, Helsinki, 2009, 102p.p, mint, a games collection for the
Finnish player Ragnar Krogius (1903-1980) Finnish. $44
MIKHAIL CHIGORIN, M. Yudovich, Moscow, 1985, Russian, h, exc, 208p. 59 of his best games with notes and biography. $26
GEORGI TRINGOV, S. Sergiev, Sofia, 2012, p, mint, Bulgarian. 547p. Edition: 300 copies. 600 of his games with brief notes to most. A very strong player. $51
VYBRANE PARTIE ROBERTA FISCHERA, Biolek, Babula et al, r, Czech. Brnenska, 2008. 95p. New analysis for 94 of Fischer's games. $29.
Note that these Finnish books are all beautifully designed and are on first-rate paper typical of Scandinavian books. So too is the Russian book on St. Petersburg chess history.
1000 EPIZODOV IZ ZHOZNI GROSSMEISTERA, E. Gufeld, Moscow, 22003, h, mint, 511p. Russian. $23
MEZINARODNI MISTR JINDRICH TRAPL, collective authors. Czechoslovakia, (2012), h, mint, a very nice book with a good selection of this player's games with light notes and many superb photos (many in color). 191p. $32
MIKHAIL KANTARDZHIEV, S. Sergiev, Sofia, 1910, p, mint. 128p. 90 of his best games. plus photos and brief biography. $31
SUDRABA VAZINA NO STOCKHOLMAS -MILDA LAUBERTE SAHA CINAS, Liepaja, G. Salmins & V. Zemitis, 2007, p, mint, with 4-p laid-in extra insert. Latvian. Photos, X-tables, games for this outstanding female Latvian chessplayer. 172p. $43
SKAKKIA JA KULTUURIA, Saharinen & Böök, Helsinki, 2010, h, mint. A beautiful book with many scarcely-known photos and many fully-annotated games. Finnish. 411p. This covers largely Scandinavian and especially Finnish chess history from about 1900 on. $90
SHAKMATNAYA LETOPIS' PETERSBURGA 1900--2005, Ivanov, Kentler, Faibisovich & Khropov. St. Petersburg, 2005. Russian. h, mint, A very fine book, both for the selection of games and the depth of history with many x-tables. $92.
EMINENT VICTORIAN CHESS PLAYERS - TEN BIOGRAPHIES, T. Harding, Jefferson, 2012, p. mint. Gives extensive biographies of ten Victorian chess players of note with extensive references: Evans, Staunton, Löwenthal, Bird, Skipworth, Steinitz, Blackburne, Zukertort, Burn and Gunsberg. Many games are included. Valuable for its many references too. $50
BRADFORD 1888, A. Gillam, Nottingham, 2012, p, mint, 195p. all the known games plus additional notes and details. Gunsberg ifo Mackenzie, von Bardeleben, Mason, Burn, Weiss, Blackburne, Taubenhaus, Bird, Pollock, Thorold,... A good research effort for a strong tourney where the organizers lacked the foresight to see that all the games were preserved. $31
ADOLF ALBIN IN AMERICA, O. Urcan, Jefferson, 2008, h, mint, 278p, an excellent account of Albin¹s sojourn in America from 1893-1895 with many annotated games and biography. $50.
ALBERT BEAUREGARD HODGES, Hilbert & Lahde, Jefferson, 2008, h, mint. Jefferson, 2008. vii + 542p. A superb book. 351 games, many with notes and additional background. The authors have done a remarkable job of resurrecting a great deal of material from obscure sources. Hodges was one of the stalwarts of American chess for a long time in the last decade of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th century compiling a solid records in tournaments and matches including a very enviable record in the 13 Anglo-American Cable matches of five wins and 8 draws. A great contribution to American chess history. $65
EDWARD LASKER TO MOE MOSS, TLS, Apr. 23, 1979, Thanks Moss (of Montreal, Canada) for his help in getting rooms for Miss Karff (his girlfriend) and him during the great Montreal tournament there in 1979 and of his friendship with Gligoric, the tournament schedule, etc. One page. $120.
LIBRO DEL AJEDREZ - DE SUS PROBLEMAS Y SUTILEZASA, Félix Pareja Casañas,
Madrid- Granada 1935. Scarce. 500 copies. Originally issued in paperback. Here the 2-volume set bd in 3/4 leather with raised bands and gilt lettering. Very nicely bound. Vol. 1: 257 p + about 230 pages in the original Arabic. Vol. 2: cxxix + 245p. Based on the Arabic Ms in the British Museum with translation by F. M. Pareja Casañas. $975
THE GAME OF THE CHESSE: A MORAL TREATISE ON THE DUTIES OF LIFE, The First Book Printed in England by William Caxton in the Year 1474, reprinted in phoenetic spelling, 2nd edition, London, 1872. 78p, h, vg. $125
ALEKHINE LETTERS IN XEROX, whereabouts of originals unknown. a) Alekhine to Brian Harley, Nov.13, 1931, 1p, top part is typewriter and at the bottom in Alekhine's hand. $15. b) Alekhine to Brian Harley, undated, 1p, entirely in Alekhine's hand. "...back from a very successful tour in the U.S. and Canada..." $15. c) Alekhine to Brian Harley, Paris, Sept. 14, 1923, 1p, entirely in Alekhine's hand. $15 d) Alekhine to Brian Harley, Oct. 2, 1923, 2p, with a possibly unknown game from a simul in his Leeds exhibition. In Alekhine's hand. $20. d) Alekhine to Brian Harley, Oct. 6, 1923, 1p. in Alekhine's hand, $20
BERLIN 1896 & VIENNA 1896(May - July) & VIENNA (Nov), A. Gillam, p, mint. Von Bardeleben ifo Walbrodt, Mieses, triple rr. Vienna 1896(May-July), Weiss ifo Schlechter, Englisch, Marco, Schwarz. Vienna 1896(Nov), Janowski ifo Schlechter, Mieses, Winawer/Winawer, Marco, Albin. Light notes to some. $16
CAPABLANCA MEMORIAL ISSUE OF CHESS, April, 1942, with a touching appreciation for one who will forever be a colossus of the game. Also has a section on a sampling of his greatest games. $20
CAPABLANCA'S CHALLENGE TO ALEKHINE FOR A WORLD TITLE MATCH, Berlin, 8 Oct. 1928. 1 page. Plus a reply in French, Paris, 12 Oct, 1929 from Alekhine to Capablanca, 1 page, with an English translation(1 page), in response along with an explanatory 1-page letter Alekhine to Bogoljubow 12th Oct, 1928 in French plus an English translation. plus a 2-page letter in Alekhine's hand to Brian Harley concerning the above letters. Total of 7 pages, all XEROXES, $38 the lot.
CHESS EXEMPLIFIED IN ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-TWO GAMES Of the most Celebrated Players, William Greenwell, Leeds (1890), L/N 1061. h, vg, with light notes. 142p. With interesting ads for chess sets, boards, and books in the back. $85
CHESS ON THE EDGE, B. Harper& Y. Seirawan, introduction by Lawrence Day. A fine tribute to a very original player, Duncan Suttles. Three volumes, all h, exc, with dust jackets, Montreal, 2007. Each vol. by itself, $40. All three bought at once, $115. Vol. I, xxii + 314p, 100 of Suttles best games with full notes, Vol. II, vi + pp 315-643. 219 more games. Vol. III, vi + pp 645-990. 294 more Suttles games.
CHESS RESULTS 1941-1946, Di Felice, Jefferson, 2008, p, mint, 810 tournament x-tables and 80 match results. 366p. $50
CHESS RESULTS 1947-1950, Di Felice, Jefferson, 2008, p, mint, 980 tournament X-tables and 155 match results, 485p, $50
CHESS RESULTS 1951-1955, Di Felice, Jefferson, 2010, p, mint,1620 tournament X-tables and 144 Match results, 596p, $50
CHESS RESULTS 1956-1960, Di Felice, Jefferson, 2010, p, mint,1390 tournament x-tables and 1142 match results, $50
COLOR PAINTING REPRODUCTION OF MME REGNAULT DE SAINT JEAN D'ANGELY, see p. 159 of Lawson's Morphy book. She was one of Morphy's social occasion opponents. 13 x 18 cm. $45. b) xerox copy, $3
DAS BLINDSPIELEN, J. Mieses, A chess-psychological sketch, Leipzig, 1918, 43p, p, vg, pages browning. With 18 annotated examples. Scarce. $55
ILLUSTRIRTE ZEITUNG, Oct. 18, 1862, two pages. p. 289 with large drawing of L. Paulsen playing a blindfold game at the chess congress in Düsseldorf. Max Lange looking on. Page 290 has an account of the Reinische Chess Congress. German. Small tears w/o loss of content at edges.With fold at middle. $40. b) xerox copies of both sides, $12.
IMRE KÖNIG, J. Donaldson, Nottingham, 2005. 159p. p, mint, 294 of his games with light notes to some. König was a strong international player who lived at times in Hungary, Austria, Yugoslavia, France England and the US. Reti was his chess teacher. He had wins over Trifunovic, Spielmann, Leonhardt, Grünfeld, and many other strong players. With some good photos. $20
KAK FORMIRUETSKYA SHAKMATIST, Karlos Torre, Leningrad, 1926, L/N 1471. The Russian edition of his book concerning his visit to the USSR after the great Moscow 1925 tournament. 42p, p, loose. Scarce. With several of his games with his notes. $65.
KAREL OPOCENSKY, Hort, Houska, Kavalek, Matocha, Prague, 2011. h, mint, special numbered edition (99 copies). 158p. Beautifully produced, exc. photos anf fine paper. A biography of this outstanding chess player and author with selected best games. $75. b) regular edition, h, mint, Prague, 2011. $36
L-4. GAMES, ETC. MR. E. J. WINTER-WOOD, partly manuscript, partly newspaper clippings pasted in with his handwritten notes. Includes an account of one of Blackburne's simuls with two of Blackburne's games. Also has an account of the opening of the Croydon Chess Club on Oct. 11, 1879 plus clippings from the "Croydon Guardian" problem tourney. Overall mainly chess problems. A unique items. $175.
LEKO'S ONE HUNDRED WINS, S. Soloviov, Sofia, 2003, p, mint, 339p. Well annotated top-notch games by today¹s top Hungarian player. $31
LOUIS PAULSEN, 7 x 8 cm photo on a page from the book on Anderssen by Gottschall, $5.
LOUIS PAULSEN, engraving from a photo by Hesler of Chicago, from the Illustrated London News, 7.5 x 12 cm. original, $10. b) xerox, $2
LYUBEN POPOV - IZBRANI PARTII, S. Sergiev, Sofia, 2011, p, mint, 400p, biography + photos, 350 of his best games with Informant-style notes. Bulgarian. One of the strongest Bulgarian players. $37
MANCHESTER 1890, A. Gillam, Nottingham, 2011. p, mint, 208p, the most important tournament Gillam has ever published. A strong and large tournament won by Tarrasch without a loss ifo Blackburne, Mackenzie, Bird, Mason, Gunsberg, von Scheve, Tinsley,.. Not all games could be found, but most have extensive notes. $31
MARGATE 1935 & TALLINN 1935, A. Gillam, Nottingham, 2012. M-35 had Reshevsky ifo Capablanca, Thomas,Klein, Reilly/ Fairhurst, Milner Barry, Menchik/ Mieses. TALLINN had P. Schmidt ifo Keres, Berg/ Danielsson, Böök, Sämisch, Friedemann, Turn & Witte. Notes to most games. Some games could not be found. $17
MARGATE 1936 & OSTENDE 1936, A. Gillam, p, mint, Margate: Flohr ifo Capablanca, Stahlberg, Lundin, Tylor,... Ostende 1936: Lundin ifo Grob, Stahlberg, Landau,..Notes to most. $16
MARGATE 1937, A. Gillam, Nottingham, 2012. Fine/ Keres ifo Alekhine, Foltys, Milner Barry, Alexander, Menchik, ... Notes to most games. $17.
MIKHAIL KANTARDZHIEV, S. Sergiev, Bulgarian, Sofia, 2010, p, mint, 128p, 90 of his best games with Informant-style notes. Biography& photos. $28
MODERN ANALYSIS OF THE CHESS OPENINGS, Frank Marshall, Amsterdam, w/o date. h, exc, 82p, L/N 1915. Includes some complete Marshall games with notes. Inscribed by Marshall to Sydney Sharp, dated Jan. 31st, 1913. A nice copy of a scarce book with a good autograph to a many-time Pennsylvania State Champion. $300.
MY ONE HUNDRED BEST GAMES, A. Dreev, Sofia, 2007, p, mint, 299p. A two-time World Junior Champion. Well annotated and interesting games. $31
NEW YORK CHESS CELEBRITIES, engraving made from a photo of Marache, Hazeltine. Perrin at the chessboard, New York Clipper, June 14, 1856, original page, Marache is playing a match game vs Perrin with Hazeltine taking down the score. Along with this non-chess: "An ugly bachelor says that everything should be in character. For instance, search-warrants should be printed on "tracing paper" and wedding notices on "fools' cap". Of course the ugly bachelor is very ugly indeed." xerox, $4
NICK'S BEST- SELECTED CHESS GAMES OF BRYON NICKOLOFF, L. Day, Montreal, 2007, 295p. p, mint, A very interesting games collection for this brilliant player who died young. Games with full notes plus 21 games w/o notes. $29
Errata for Pasadena 1932
The game Araiza - Bernstein was played in the last round. Source: Texas Chess Magazine, Nov. 1932, p. 34.
Thus on page 74, the line reading "Bernstein (4 1/2) 1" ... should read: Araiza (3) 1/2 Bernstein (4 1/2) 1/2 Queen's Pawn Game.
On page 73, Game 60: Bernstein -Borochow is given on page 78 mislabeled as "Bernstein – Araiza." It should have appeared as Game 60 in Round 10.
Page 1: Under round results it should read: "Fine 0 Reshevsky 1 (unknown past move 9)
Page 23: under photos: "Factor", not "Factot" and "Alekhine" , not "Alekihne"
Page 39: Dake - Fine was a French Defense
Page 67: line 8 in text block: "move 38", not "mMove"
It should be noted that with the pairings system used, a player could have two whites or two blacks in succession.
PHÄNOMEN BLIND-SCHACH, L. Steinkohl,Düsseldorf, 1992, p, mint, 163p, a good discussion of this topic plus some 54 examples with discussion of the game and place. One such interesting one is a game Steinitz- Lord Randolph Churchill (father of Winston). German. $30
PRICE SPECIAL BADEN BADEN 1925, Edited by Jimmy Adams. Yorklyn, 1991. Hardback, 382 pages. Notes by Grekov and a host of great annotators including Lasker, Alekhine, Tartakower, Rabinovich, Burn, Grünfeld, Grigoriev, Levenfish, Romanovsky, Sozin, a.o., A tournament book worthy of this great event, which was one of Alekhine's finest performances. Easily one of the best tournament books ever published in English, with a cornucopia of great games from the golden age of hypermodern chess. Also included is a full translation of Alekhine's booklet (originally published in French) on the Theoretical Value of the Openings at Baden Baden 1925, along with surveys of the tournament by Tarrasch, Kmoch, Tartakower, Helms, Goetz, and Kagan. Won by Alekhine ahead of Rubinstein, Sämisch, Bogoljubow, Marshall, Tartakover,... regular mint copy, $45*. Two slightly lesser copies, somewhat rubbed cloth on front cover, $36 each.
PRINCESS ANNA MURAT, 3.5 x 4.5cm drawing of another of Morphy's "social" opponents. See p. 159 of Lawson's Morphy book. Along with a xerox of the cover of an "OUR FOLDER" issue. $8.
PROFESSION: CHESSPLAYER - GRANDMASTER AT WORK, V. Tukmakov, p, mint, Milford, 2012. An extremely interesting games collections by a great Ukrainian player. He played in 14 USSR championships— a very great feat in itself. Offhand I can't think of anyone who played in more. 41 deeply annotated games plus biography. $24
PUNCH CHESS CARTOON, Feb 26, 1919, "Deeds that ought to win the V. C." (the Sub-Lieutenant takes the Admiral's Queen", on a stiff board which includes another cartoon along with the famous poem "In Flanders Fields", $15
QUELLENSTUDIEN ZUR GESCHICHTE DES SCHACHSPIELS, A. van der Linde, .. 1968, Biblio Verlag reprint. h, exc, 412p. A scholarly work which covers the history and development of chess in various countries in great detail. $140
R. KUBBEL TO NANNING, 1p, ALS, Leningrad 25 July, 1934, in German. Concerning Kubbel's prize in a composition competition. $125
ROTTERDAM 1933 (Mar) & ROTTERDAM 1933 (July) & AMSTERDAM 1933 & SCHEVENINGEN 1933, J. Postma & A. Gillam, p, mint. Rotterdam (Mar): Spielmann ifo Landau, Muhring, Schenk... Rotterdam (July) Oskam/ Tartakower, Landau,... Amsterdam: Euwe ifo Spielmann, Mulder,... Scheveningen: Flohr ifo Maroczy, Bogojubow,... light notes to some. $16
SCHACHZEITUNG, 1848, 3rd year, Berlin, Veit & Comp. Max Lange's copy with the title page copied in his hand and boldly signed by him on endpaper before the title page. paper excellent, but pp 401 to 433 lacking. Content fine except for a few underlinings in colored pencil. $495
SIX PRACTICAL CHESS OPENINGS, The British Chess Company, Stroud, 1892, 24p. Scarce. perhaps the most interesting feature is a one page verbal description of the Medallion Chessmen with a photo of the pieces and the board. The pieces are short profile for greater ease in playing on ships and trains. Covers reinforced with transparent tape for protection. $50
THE CHESS-PLAYER'S GUIDE TO THE OPENINGS - WITH ALL THE LATEST THEORETICAL DISCOVERIES AND TRAPS IN THE OPENINGS REVEALED, G.H.D. Gossip. London, 1891. 83p. Covers worn at edges and the signatures need re-sewing. The advertisement for the book THE INSANITY OF GENIUS is quite interesting with regard to its citation of Shakesperare being convicted therein of coming from "neuropathic stock". No mention is apparently made of the stock chessplayers come from! $16
THE ART OF BISGUIER: SELECTED GAMES 1961-2003, Bisguier & Berry, the second volume covering Bisguier¹s career. 100 games with very interesting notes. Bisguier gives details of his opponents careers that give the games more character. 272p. $29.
THE ART OF CHESS, James Mason, 2nd ed, London, 1898, a fine copy ion a bright blue binding. A classic general work 423p. $52.
THE GAME OF CHESS, a reproduction of the 1474 edition with 23 woodcuts. London, 1855, Vincent Figgins. Large 4to, full blindstamped calf, a fine copy in excellent condition. Raised bands, fresh-looking leather. Small crack on top of back cover. This copy specially bound by Egletons on Fleet Street, London. With bookplate of John Murray of Newstead, Wimbleton Park. Neatly boxed in a fine box. For this work reproduced from Caxton's edition, the type of the original has been carefully imitated by Messrs. Figgins, Type Founders, the cuts traced from the copy in the British Museum, and the paper expressly made with reed and water-marks imitated from Caxton's paper. Includes a list of works ascribed to Caxton by Charles Knight; list of places where printing was practiced up to 1474, and remarks by Vincent Figgins. $1050.
THE GREATEST EVER CHESS TRICKS AND TRAPS, G. Lane, London, 2008, p, mint, arranged by openings. Good stuff to have up your sleeve in tournaments. 235p. $25
THEORETISCH-PRACTISCHE ANWEISUNG DREISCHACHSPIEL nebst einem zu diesem neuen Spielen gehörigen Dreischachbrett, Walter Tesche, Wien, 1843, Verlag von Pfautsch & Comp. with two fold-out diagrams (the first in two colors). An early book on this variant for three players with rules and example games. 171p + index and errata list. h, vg, stiff boards. $425
TLS, MAX EUWE TO PROF. A. BECKER, May 29, 1978, on the FIDE Stationery, signed simply"Max" (as FIDE President). Euwe and Becker were lifelong friends. 1 page. In German. Concerns his apologies for not seeing Becker during his short stay in Buenos Aires and his difficulties in getting away from Zalungo and Gonzalez. $240.
XEROX OF A LETTER BY CAPABLANCA TO MIESES, June 28, 1928, 3 pages, stating his fee for appearing in the upcoming Berlin tournament and his condition that Kostic "shall not play." For some reason Capa could not tolerate Kostic. Whereabouts of original unknown. $15
XEROX OF ALEKHINE LETTER, ON CARLTON, AMSTERDAM, HOTEL LETTERHEAD. undated, probably 1934 to 1936, 1p, from context likely concerns one of his matches with Euwe. In his bold hand. $20
XEROX OF CAPABLANCA LETTER TO UNKNOWN, Oct. 17, 1913, London, 1p, "Leaving tonight for Paris". $10
XEROX OF FRANK MARSHALL INSCRIPTION, at the Marshall Chess Divan, Feb. 22, 1916. In Marhall's hand. $5
XEROX OF LETTER, 1p, TARRASCH TO DR. LEWITT,15. VIII.02, Letter + envelope, In German. Whereabouts of original unknown. $10