CHESS LITERATURE

 

 

Abrahams, G

Not Only Chess – A Selection of Chessays                                      1st  ed.

Unwin ‘74

 

264pp

28 chess-based essays, some illustrated with diagrams and moves. 

                                                                                        DW  VG+

 

£9.75

 

Assiac

The Delights of Chess                                                                1st ed. 1960

MacGibbon

 

268pp

Nom de plume of Heinrich Fraenkel; relates many amusing anecdotes about players he encountered, some illustrated by games. Drawings by Vicky.  DW.           Front endpaper cut o/w VG

 

£9.75

 

Assiac

Adventure in Chess                                                                              1st ed.

Turnstile ‘51

 

192pp

Series of articles, enlarged from the author's column in the New Statesman. The cardboard chess set at the back is intact with all original pieces present. Slight foxing on front endpaper,   o/w      G+

 

£9.50

 

BCM

British Chess Magazine – 1923 – 1932 An Anthology.

BCM 1986

 

124pp

A pot-pourri of items taken from those years.                     PB  VG+

£7.00

 

Bott, R

The Chess Player’s Bedside Book                                                      1st  ed

Faber 1966

 

83pp

With S. Morrison. Collection of short articles and games. Insc. G+

£5.50

 

Chernev, I

Wonder & Curiosities of Chess                                                         1st ed.

Dover 1974

 

203pp

Collection of short games and unusual facts & anecdotes. SB  VG- 

£9.00

 

Chernev, I

The Fireside Book of Chess  with Reinfeld

NY 1949

 

400pp

“A huge grab bag accenting the lighter side of chess”. Full of stories, games, articles, quizzes, cartoons etc. DW worn    o/w VG

 

£15.00

 

Cockburn, A

Idle Passion – Chess and the Dance of Death                                   1975

Weidenfeld

 

248pp

Documents the idiosyncrasies of chess players.                  PB  VG

£4.50

 

Darrach, B.

Bobby Fischer vs the Rest of the World                                            1st ed.

Stein NY ‘74

 

240pp

An indiscrete biography relating Fischer’s behaviour and attitudes up to and during Reykjavik 1972. DW  nibbled o/g VG

 

£15.00

 

Edmonds, D

Bobby Fischer Goes To War – The True Story of How the Soviets Lost The Most Extraordinary Chess Match Of All Time. With John Eidinow. 

Faber 2004 1st ed.

 

302pp

The story of the 1972 World Championship.                          DW  F

£12.00

 

Edmonds, D

Bobby Fischer Goes To War

 

 

 

Another copy.                                                                        PB    F- 

£7.00

 

Edwards, R

The Chess Player’s Bedside Book   with R. Keene.                           1st ed.                                    

Batsford ‘75

 

149pp

A development of the Bott & Morrison book, with added photos & drawings.                                                                             DW  VG

 

£9.00

 

Edwards, R

The Chess Player’s Bedside Book   with R. Keene.                           1st ed.                                     

 

 

 

Another copy                                                       DW     Insc.     VG     

£7.50

 

Geuzendam

Finding Bobby Fischer – chess interviews by Dirk Jan van Geuzendam

NIC  1994

 

254pp

28 interviews with top players, only a few relating to Fischer.

                       HB Some foxing on page edges        o/w             VG-

 

£12.00

 

Glyn, A

The Dragon Variation                                                                          1969

Hutchinson

 

312pp

Novel with a chess background.  Ex-Lib. HB  Endpaper excised  G

£4.50

 

Graham, J

The Literature of Chess                                                             1st ed. 1984

McFarland

 

250pp

The author identifies 135 significant books from the various aspects of the game and writes c. a page on each. Diagrams & index. 

                                                                Red cloth boards.  AN   F+

 

£17.50

 

Hartston, W

Soft Pawn

Hutchinson

 

94pp

Humorous writings by a master of the genre. Bill Tidy cartoons add to the mix.                                                                          PB    VG+

 

£5.00

 

Harwood, G

Caïssa’s Web – The Chess Bedside Book                                          1st ed.

Latimer 1975

 

167pp

12 photo plates plus drawings.                                           DW    VG

£7.50

 

Hochberg, B

(ed.)

The 64-Square Looking Glass – The Great Game of Chess in World Literature.                                                                                           1st ed.

Random House

 

354pp

Writers bring their creativity to bear on the narrative power inherent in chess, from Woody Allen to Ann Bronte.                     DW           F

 

£10.00

 

 

 

 

 

Hurst, S

Curse of Kirsan – Adventures in the Chess Underworld.

Russell 2002

 

285pp

An exploration of the dark side of chess, not only Kirsan.    PB  VG+

£5.00

 

Kingston, T

Heroic Tales: The Best of Chess Café.com 1996 - 2001

Russell 2002

 

431pp

54 articles by noted writers, from Gary Lane to Lasker.        PB     F

£9.50

 

Johnson, D

White King & Red Queen – How The Cold War Was Fought On The Chessboard

Atlantic 2007

 

383pp

Tells the story of the Soviets vs the Rest throughout the 20th century. 25 photo plates.                                                    DW       F

 

£12.00

 

Kasparov, G

Child of Change – An Autobiography   with Donald Trelford.    1st ed. 1987

Hutchinson

 

243pp

64 b&w  photos.  DW. Ex-Lib but with minimal markings      o/w VG

£7.50

 

Knight, N

Chess Pieces – An Anthology in Prose & Verse.                               1st ed.

Sampson ‘49

 

313pp

Corrigenda booklet & corringenda to the corrigenda.

Illustrations by Gibberd based on historic chess pieces.            VG

 

£9.00

 

Knight, G

King, Queen & Knight: A Chess Anthology in Prose & Verse. 1st ed.

With W. Guy                                                     

Batsford ‘75

 

240pp

Illustrations by Greenwood.                                                DW  VG+

£9.50

 

Kortchnoi, V

Persona Non Grata                                                                               1st ed.

Thinkers’ 81

 

147pp

Author tells his side of  his struggles against Karpov and the Soviet system. All 32 games of the 1978 match.          PB       AN         VG

 

£7.50

 

Lawson, D

The Inner Game

MacMillan 93

 

249pp

The real story behind the Short-Kasparov World Championship match told by the now President of the ECF.      DW                  VG+

 

£5.00

 

Lawson, D

End Game – Kasparov vs Short – Dispatches From a War For the World Championship.

Harmony ’93 1st US ed.

 

252pp

Same text – different title and the US version.                  DW   VG+

£5.00

 

Murray, W

Grandmaster  with M. Cochran

Futura 1985

 

427pp

Novel with a Cold War background about 2 prodigies bent on becoming GMs.                                                                      PB  G

 

£3.00

 

Pandolfini Ed

The Best of Chess Life & Review  Vol. 1  1933 - 1960

Fireside ‘88

 

611pp

132 articles, annotated games, photos, cartoons, magazine covers etc.                                                                                       PB  VG+    

 

  £12.00

 

Pandolfini Ed

The Best of Chess Life & Review  Vol. 2 1960 – 1988

Fireside ‘88

 

583pp

132 articles, annotated games, photos, cartoons, magazine covers etc.                                                                                       PB  VG+   

 

£12.00

 

Ree, H

The Human Comedy of Chess – A Grandmaster’s Chronicles

Russell 1999

 

333pp

A series of sketches of chess personalities, great & small. A few games & diagrams.                                    PB                  AN         F-

 

£10.00

 

Reinfeld, F

The Human Side of Chess – The Story of the World Champions; their Triumphs and Illusions; Their Achievements and Failures.

Faber ’53

 

304pp

Chapters on Anderssen, Morphy, Steinits, Lasker, Capa, Alekhine & Euwe. With 14 illustrative games and match records. Insc.      G+

 

£4.25

 

Reinfeld, F.

The Treasury of Chess Lore                                                           1st ed.

Arco 1955

 

306pp

The author has collected a wide range of writings on all aspects of the game.  DW. Photos.  Foxing to endpapers & page edged o/w G

 

£12.00

 

Reinfeld, F

The Treasury of Chess Lore

Dover 1959

 

306pp

Another copy  SB (creased)  o/w G

£6.00

 

Salzmann, J

The Chess Reader – The Royal Game in World Literature.1st ed.1949 NY

Greenberg

 

366pp

A collection of writings down the ages from the ancient Greeks to J. B. Priestly, via Caxton, Dr. Johnson, Tolstoy et al. Ex Libris plate of L. R. Reitstein.  14 b&w photographic plates.                              VG-

 

£20.00

 

Shahade, J.

Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport

Siles 2005

 

320pp

The 2X US Woman’s Champion charts the rise and rise of the fair sex on the world chess scene.            Photos.        DW                  F

 

£10.00

 

Sosonko, G

Russian Silhouettes

NIC 2001

 

206pp

Born in 1943, Sosonko played under the Soviet regime until 1972 when he defected to the Netherlands. This gave him the dual advantage of having inside knowledge of the great Russian players, and being able to view that time dispassionately.  This 1st of his 3 books was acclaimed for its evocative writing. Photos.  PB     VG+

 

 

££9.75

 

Sosonko, G

The Reliable Past

NIC 2003

 

205pp

Author continues with his “gallery of wonderful pen-portraits written with.. a measure of objectivity and detachment” (Kasparov).  PB  F-

 

£9.75

 

Sosonko, G

Smart Chip From St. Petersburg and other tales of a bygone era

NIC 2006

 

197pp

More fascinating portraits of masters, famous & forgotten, and more. Photos                                                                      PB        F

 

£9.75

 

Spanier, D

Total Chess

Abacus 1986

 

233pp

10 chapters on various aspects of world chess.                      PB  G 

£3.00

 

Waitskin, F

Searching For Bobby Fischer                                         1st ed. 1989

Bodley Head

 

226pp

Made into a film in 1993, Josh Waitzkin’s father tells the story of how he launches his son’s international chess career.  DW           F

 

£7.00

 

Zweig, S

Kaleidoscope Two

Cassell 1951

 

290pp

Stories, the longest of which is The Royal Game. (60pp)              G

£5.00