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Catalogue of the 2nd Internet auction, 29th May – 4th June 2000

 

General Works

 

Lot No 1. Lolli, Giambatista.  Osservazioni Teorica-Practiche sopra il Giuoco degli Scacchi. 1st edition, Bologna, 1763. Van der Linde page 372; White’s Collection I page 322; L/N 522.

Lolli used Ercole del Rio's Sopra il Giuoco degli Scacchi  (1750) as the basis for this great encyclopaedic work on chess. “Lolli’s book is divided into three parts, of which the first is the annotated text of del Rio’s volume of 1750, preceded by a letter from that writer with many valuable hints for the player; the second is a similar treatise dealing with the defence, written expressly for the book by del Rio, and elaborately annotated by Lolli - a very necessary thing, for del Rio's text was even more difficult than that of the earlier work; and the third is a treatise on the ending by Lolli himself.” (Murray, ‘A History of Chess’, 1962 reprint, page 868.)

 

Collation: original free-end papers intact, two leaves dedication, 632 pages. Wide margins. Woodcut tailpieces.

Original binding in Italian calf with contemporary marbled boards, the spine is slightly rubbed top and bottom, corners are bumped, one corner is slightly spread, front and top edges of boards are rubbed, slight worming at front paste-down and front free endpaper. The front free-end paper and the title-page are split at hinge, the front side of the spine is slightly shaken. Woodcut illustrations on the title page. Small stain on pages 13 through 18,light ink notes on pages 9 and 29; intermittent discoloration, some corrugation as is usual. Condition very good.

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Lot No 2. ‘The Art of Chess-Play. A New Treatise on the Game of Chess’ by George Walker. 4th edition, London 1846. L/N 668.

Bound (it appears that the book was re-backed) with gilt cloth spine and marbled boards. There is a sign ‘J. Lieder’ and the Blass’ ex libris on recto of the advertisement page; the latter offset to the advertisement page itself. This page also has a stain on the bottom. The sign ‘J. Lieder’ also appears on the title-page. Condition very good.

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Lot No 3. Caxton William. ‘The Game of the Chesse’. Reproduced in facsimile from a copy in the British Museum. With a few remarks on Caxton's typographical reproductions. By Vincent Figgins. L/N 4228.

This is a scarce first edition of Figgin's magnificent facsimile edition of the 1482 Caxton. All three editions (1855, 1860 & 1862) are extremely scarce.

The 1st and the 2nd editions are illustrated with woodcuts and Figgins made the type-face and the paper as closely as possible to imitate the original.

Bound in full calf in the style of medieval binding, with large raised bands and embossed woodcut on the front cover and Caxton's device embossed on the lower cover. Front hinge (cover) is partially detached (3 quarters of the hinge); slightly bumped at corners, some rubbing and bumping at top and bottom of the spine. Coloured edges, very clean and crisp throughout. Very good condition. This is a scarce book, particularly in this binding.

 

 

 

 

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Lot No 4. ‘The Book of Chess’ A Popular and Comprehensive Guide to All Players of that Intellectual Game with the Latest Discoveries and Full Instructions for Blindfold Chess by George H. Selkirk. London, Houlston and Wright, 1868. L/N 946.

Bound, gilt spine, marbled edges; the spine is chipped on the top and slightly chipped on the bottom, corners of the boards are slightly bumped, front endpapers are split at hinge, stamps of Café International and Blass’ ex libris on the 2nd free end-paper, stamp of Café International on the dedication page, same stamp appears on the page with table of contents, introduction page and on some other pages in the book, otherwise condition is very good.

 

 

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Lot No 5. ‘The Chess-Player’s Manual’ A complete Guide to Chess by G. H. D. Gossip. London, George Routledge and Sons, 1875. 1st edition. L/N 968.

Original cloth binding with gilt and embossed spine and boards. Top and bottom of the spine and corners are slightly bumped, the spine is slightly rubbed. There is a stamp on the paste-down endpaper, which offset to the free endpaper, Blass’ ex libris on the free endpaper. The hinges are somewhat weak, which is understandable for such a massive (884 pages) volume. Clean throughout; condition very good.

 

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Lot No 6. ‘A Complete Guide to The Game of Chess From the Alphabet to the Solutions and Construction of Problems’ by H. F. Meyer, Griffith & Farran, London 1882. L/N 1018. Betts 30-2.

Bound, the spine is slightly bumped top and bottom, cloth cover is slightly wrinkled on the spine. The title page has a small stain. Clean throughout. Condition very good.

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Lot No 7. ‘Handbuch des Schachspiels’ Theorie der Eröffnungen und Endspiele erläutert durch die besten Partien der Neuzeit von Jean Dufresne. Berlin, Verlag von Julius Springer 1863. L/N 899.

Half bound - superb Zahnsdorf binding, gilt spine with five raised bands, edges gilt. Copy from Rimington-Wilson library with his name and signature on title (in pencil). Foxed throughout, considerable on some pages as is common with paper of the period, otherwise condition fine.

     

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Lot No 8. 'Schachstrategie' Einführung in den Geist der praktischen Partie von Eduard Lasker. Leiptzig, Verlag von Veit & Comp. 1911. 1st edition. L/N 1280.

Bound, slightly bumping and rubbing to the gilt spine, slight rubbing to the boards edges; marbled edges, there is an ink sign on the free endpaper. Clean and crisp throughout. Very good condition.

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Lot No 9. 'Die Neuen Ideen im Schachspiel' by Richard Reti. Rikola Verlag, Wien 1922. L/N 1939. 1st edition of Reti's classic.

Bound, hard-paper boards, crisp and clean copy, very good condition

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Lot No 10. Lasker’s Chess Manual Betts 10-130. Edited by W.H. Watts. London, Printing Craft 1932, 1st ed. in England. Augmented translation by former World Champion Lasker of 1st German ed. 1925.

Bound, fading to spine and front boards; slightly shaken. Slightly dusty, slight fading to marbled end papers. Slight foxing to half title, otherwise good.

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Lot No 11. ‘The Complete Chess Course’ by Fred Reinfeld. Doubleday & Company, New York. Betts 10-246. Bound, with original dust-jacket. Clean throughout. Condition very good.

This is a massive (692 pages) volume.

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Lot No 12. Two books in English.

1) ‘The Art of Defense in Chess’ by Andrew Soltis. George Allen & UNWIN. 1980. ISBN 0-04-794012-3. 262 pages. Bound; with dust-jacket. Condition fine.

2) ‘Chess Mistakes. How to Detect and Avoid Them’ by Andrew Soltis. George Allen & UNWIN. 1980. IBSN 0-04-794011-5. 213 pages. Bound; with dust-jacket. Condition fine.

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Lot No 13. 'The Chess Player's Bedside Book' edited by Raymond Edwards and Raymond Keene. Batsford, 1975, 1st edition. ISBN 0-7134-3055-9. 149 pages. Hardcover; with original dust jacket. Condition very good.

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Lot No 14. Three books in different languages.

1) Dufresne, Lehrbuch des Schachspiels L/n 1004. Kleines Lehrbuch des Schachspiels, von Jean Dufresne. Siebente (seventh) verbeserte auflage (edition). Leipzig 1902.

Original cloth binding, shaken; clean throughout, With ex libris of Poul Hage on the paste-down endpaper. Top edges coloured grey. Condition good.

2) ‘Common Sense in Chess’ by Emanuel Lasker. Betts 11-14. New York. J.S. Ogilvie, undated as is the copy examined by Betts who gives the date as probably 1902. Early edition of Lasker's classic first published in 1896.

Bound; damp staining to outside covers, covers are soiled. Edges slightly dusty with some foxing to top edge. There is a signature on the top of the title page and the same signature on the last page.page 79 is repaired with tape. Condition satisfactory.

3) ‘L’Art de Faire Mat’ par Georges Renaud et Victor Kahn, Champions de France 1923 et 1934. Edité par “le Triboulet” Monaco 1947. L/n 1733.

Original paperback, the spine is chipped, the lower cover has its top left corner (about 40mm x 20mm) missing, pages slightly browned uniformly throughout. Condition satisfactory.

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Lot No 15. ‘Winning Chess’ How to perfect your attacking play by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld. Faber and Faber Ltd. London.

Bound, the spine is slightly bumped top and bottom, the corners are slightly bumped, the spine faded. Clean throughout, condition good.

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Game Collections

 

Lot No 16. ‘Dreihundert Schachpartien’ gespielt und erläutert von Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch. Leipzig, Velag Von Veit & Comp. 1895. 1st edition, L/N 3183.

Half bound (original binding), the gilt spine and boards are worn and rubbed, corners bumped and spread. Ex libris of Poul Hage on the paste-down endpaper, sign ‘C. Andersen’ on the free-endpaper, the portrait page is somewhat loose and slightly foxed, there is sign ‘Carl Andersen’ on the title-page, the title-page is slightly foxed. Pages slightly browned, light foxing on some pages. Some pages in the beginning of the book are a bit loose and two (14/15) are fixed with tape on the bottom. Otherwise condition good.

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Lot No 17. ‘My Chess Career’ by J. R. Capablanca. London, G. Bell and Sons Ltd. New York: The Macmillan Company. 1920. L/N 3042. Better 29-22. With Capablanca's portrait interleaved.

Bound, the covers are slightly rubbed, some writing on the lower free endpaper, otherwise very good condition - clean throughout.

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Lot No 18. 'From My Games 1920-1937' by Dr. M. Euwe, translated and with Introductory Notes by F. Reinfeld. London, G. Bell & Sons, Ltd. 1938. 1st edition. Betts 29-36. Bound, in the original dust-jacket, which is in very good condition. There is a small stamp (number 175) on the title page. Clean and crisp throughout. Good condition.

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Lot No 19. Two books in English.

1) 'The Return of Alekhine', book of the World's Championship Match Alekhine-Euwe, 1937, by C. J. S. Purdy. Sydney.

The book is not really bound – it’s rather loosely attached to the covers (boards). There is a stamp on the top of the title page and a few ink signs on the inside of the lower cover. Clean throughout. Good condition.

2) 'Jaffe's Chess Primer' with a foreword by Samuel Reshevsky, Parnassus Press, New York 1937.

Bound, condition good.

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Lot No 20. Two game collections in English.

1) ‘Morphy's Games of Chess’ being a Selection of Three Hundred of His Games, with annotations and a biographical introduction by Philip W. Sergeant. London, G. Bell and Sons Ltd. 1916. 1st edition. L/N 3222.

Bound, binding is shaken (may need fixing); some foxing in the book. Condition fair.

2) ‘Keres’ Best Games of Chess 1931-1940’ selected and annotated by Fred Reinfeld. London, G. Bell and Sons Ltd. 1946 (reprint of the 1941-edition).

Bound. The spine and covers are rubbed; ink stamp and pencil marks on the free endpaper, ink stamp on the title page and on printer’s imprint; library stamps on many pages; ink and pencil marks on page 224 (index). Reading copy.

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Lot No 21. Two books on Keres.

1) ‘Keres’ Best Games of Chess 1931-1940’ selected and annotated by Fred Reinfeld. London, G. Bell and Sons Ltd. 1941

Bound. The spine is worn and repaired; it’s soiled and also faded. The covers are worn and soiled; the binding is shaken. There is a pencil sign on the title page, otherwise clean throughout. Condition satisfactory.

2) ‘Ausgewählte Partien 1931-1958’ by Paul Keres. Uitgeverij Variant BV, Netherlands 1983. 3rd edition. ISBN 90-6448-5186. 419 pages. In German. Paperback; royal octavo. The covers are slightly worn. Good condition.

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Lot No 22. Two books in English.

1) ‘Alexander Alekhine’ by Alexander Kotov, translated by Dr. K. P. Neat. B. T. Batsford Ltd., London [1975]. ISBN0-7134-2963-1.

Bound; with dust-jacket, which is slightly torn. Very good condition.

2) ‘200 Modern Chess Traps in the Fianchetto Openings’ by J. B. Howson. A. S. Barnes and Company, New York, 1971. ISBN 0-498-07919-8. Library of Congress Catalogue Card No. 77-151123. Bound; with dust-jacket, which is slightly worn. Very good condition.

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Lot No 23. 'Fifty-One Brilliant Chess Masterpieces’ by Fred Reinfeld. Capitol Publishing Co. Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. Betts 29-32. This is compilation of Colle's best games, using his opening system. Bound; with dust-jacket, which is chipped top and bottom. Clean throughout. Condition very good.

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Lot No 24. ‘Grandmaster of Chess’ translated and edited by Harry Golombek. In three volumes: ‘The Early Games of Paul Keres’ (1966, second printing of the first edition of 1964), ‘The Middle Years of Paul Keres’ (1966) and ‘The Later Years of Paul Keres’ (1969). London. Betts 29-53 and 29-55.

All three volumes are half bound with gilt spine and raised bands, marbled boards and sprinkled edges. The first and third volumes have light foxing, the second volume has considerable foxing on the half-title, title page and on the first few pages in the book. Condition very good. Rare as bound.

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Lot No 25. Two books in English.

1) ‘Tal’s Winning Chess Combinations’ by Mikhail Tal and Victor Khenkin, translated from the Russian by Hanon W. Russell. London 1980. ISBN 0-7100-0630-6.

Bound, with dust-jacket. Condition good.

2) ‘Combat: My 50 Years At The Chessboard’ by Sidney Bernstein. Atlantis Press, Ltd. New York [1977], ISBN 0-8181-0404-X. Library of Congress Catalogue Card No. 76-58641.

Bound; with dust-jacket. There are errata enclosed. Condition very good.

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Lot No 26. ‘Bobby Fischer’s Games of Chess’ with a foreword by H. Golombek. London, Museum Press Limited. Printed in the United States of America, 1959. Betts 29-41.

Bound; with dust-jacket, which has tear on top and bottom - repaired with tape. The book is in fine condition.

This is Fischer's first book, published when he was only 16.

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Lot No 27. Two books in English.

1) ‘100 Soviet Chess Miniatures’ selected and annotated by P. H. Clarke. G. Bell and Sons Ltd. 1963. Betts 24-97.

Bound, without dust-jacket. Clean throughout. Condition good.

2) ‘Chess From Morphy to Botwinnik. A Century of Chess Evolution’ by Imre König. London, G. Bell & Sons, Ltd 1951. Bound. The half-title and free endpapers foxed, otherwise clean throughout. Condition good.

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Lot No 28. Six different Russian books.

These books are part of a highly collectable (through rather common) Russian series. The lot includes the following books: 'V. Mikenas', 'V. Ragozin', 'R. Kholmov', 'A. Lilienthal', 'P. Romanovsky' and ’17 Vesen Mayi (Chiburdanidze)’.

All books are paperbacks, each book has between 110 and 160 pages, each contains many annotated games of the particular player, list of his best achievements, etc. Condition good.

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Lot No 29. Five different Russian books.

These books are part of a highly collectable (through rather common) Russian series. The lot includes the following books: 'A. Gipslis', 'V. Simagin', 'E. Gufeld', 'A. Suetin' and 'A. Konstantinopolsky'.

All books are paperbacks, each book has about 160 pages, each contains many annotated games of the particular player, list of his best achievements, etc. Condition good.

 

 

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Lot No 30. ‘100 Soviet Chess Miniatures’ selected and annotated by P. H. Clarke. G. Bell and Sons Ltd. 1963. Betts 24-97.

Bound, with original dust-jacket. Clean throughout. Condition very good.

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Lot No 31. ‘Both Sides of the Chessboard’ by Robert Byrne and Ivo Nei, Introduction by Max Euwe. B. T. Batsford, London [1974]. ISBN 0-7134-2880-5.

Bound; with dust-jacket. There is a small stained area on the top right corner of most pages, which gradually disappears towards the middle of the book. Good condition.

There is Spassky’s signature on the free endpaper.

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Tournament Books

 

Lot No 32. ‘The Chess Tournament.’ A Collection of The Games Played at This Celebrated Assemblage, illustrated by copious diagrams and notes, critical and explanatory, by H. Staunton, Esq. London, 1852. 1st edition. L/N 5179.

Later cloth binding with gilt spine, sprinkled edges; light staining on the title-page, light foxing to most pages, but some pages foxed and browned considerably, otherwise condition very good.

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Lot No 33. ‘The Book of The First American Chess Congress’ by Daniel Willard Fiske, M. A. New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1859. L/N 5184. Betts 25-3.

Bound, top and bottom of the spine is bumped, slight bumping to corners; the gilt frontispiece is offset through the interleaf onto the title page and also to the rear of the half-title, slight foxing on the colophon, otherwise condition is very good.

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Lot No 34. ‘The Chess Congress of 1862.’ A Collection of The Games Played and a Selection of the Problems sent in for competition, edited by J. Löwenthal. London, 1864. 1st edition. L/N 5188.

Bound, with embossed boards and spine, gilt spine is bumped and slightly chipped top and bottom, it is rubbed and slightly worn, the boards has some discolouration, corners of the boards are slightly bumped. The dedication page and the title-page are slit at hinge, which is somewhat weak, the dedication page is loose and attached with tape on the bottom. Light foxing to the title page, clean throughout. Pages XXIV and XL are fixed with tape at hinge, page XLI is fixed with tape in the middle without a loss of text, otherwise condition is very good.

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Lot No 35. ‘London International Chess Tournament 1883’, edited by J. I. Minchin. London [1884], 1st edition. L/N 5216.

Original cloth binding, embossed gilt upper cover, gilt spine. Top and bottom of the spine and corners of the boards are bumped, the spine faded and slightly rubbed. Stamp of the Dublin Chess Club on the title-page, page 370 and the lower free endpaper (the club sold its library a few years ago). Clean throughout. Condition very good.

      

 

 

 

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Lot No 36. ' Kiel 1893. Der Achte Kongress des Deutschen Schachbundes' by J. Metger. Leipzig, 1894. L/N 5236.

Original paperback, the spine and covers are slightly chipped, there are ink stamp on the lower cover. There are two ink signs on the title page. Clean throughout, condition very good.

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Lot No 37. ‘Schachkongress Teplitz-Schonau im Oktober 1922’. 1923 Verlag Deutscher Schachklub Teplitz-Schonau-Turn. L/N 5350.

Original hardback; top edges are coloured green. The covers are slightly marked, their corners are bumped and slightly spread. There is ex libris of Blass on the free endpaper, very slightly browning to pages as is common, otherwise very good condition.

 

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Lot No 38. Debrecen 1925 'A Debreceni Nemzetközi Sakkverseny 1925. Maróczy Jubiláris Verseny' by Dr. S. G. Tartakower. A Magyar Sakkvilag, Kecskemet (Hungary), 1926. L/N 5380.

Original binding, cloth spine with hard-paper boards, fine condition.

The introductory material is in Hungarian, but the book is primarily in German, with numerous photos.

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Lot No 39. Two tournament books in German.

1) 'Kongressbuch Pyrmont 1933' Erster Kongreβ des Groβdeutschen Schachbundes in Pyrmont 1933, Verlag des Groβdeutschen Schachbundes, Berlin (1933).

Paperback; the spine is slightly chipped (top and bottom). Clean throughout, very good condition.

2) 'Schachmeisterturnier in Bad Oeynhausen 1941' by L. Rellstab and K. Richter. Verlag Magyar Sakkvilag, Hungary.

Paperback, covers are slightly worn, very slightly tear to the upper cover. The title page is signed ‘Paul Keres’. Good condition.

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Lot No 40. 'Sechsmeisterturnier 1941' von S. Belawenetz und M. Judowitsch. Ungarische Schachwelt, Kecskemet, Ungarn. L/N 5621.

Paperback, royal octavo; the covers are slightly worn and chipped. There are a few pencil and ink marks on the lower cover. Pages are unopened. Very good condition.

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Lot No 41. ‘Mezhdunarodnyi shakhmatnyi turnir pamyaty M. I. Chigorina’ {‘International tournament in memory of M. I. Chigorin’} Moscow, 1947.  Collection of games. Under editorship of M. M. Botvinnik. Moscow, 1950. 251 pages with illustrations; 3 portrait pages. S.-518. L/N 5716.

120 games, many with notes, X-table, some photos. Bound. The covers and spine are slightly rubbed top and bottom. Condition good.

 

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Lot No 42. Three tournament books.

1) ‘Deutsche Schachmeisterschaft 1948’. Pamphlet containing 120 games. Paperback, covers are worn and chipped, spine is chipped. Condition poor.

2) ‘Trenčanske Teplice 1949’ (Reti Memorial). Prague 1951. 190 games, most are with notes, X-table, some photos. Bound, covers are slightly worn. Clean throughout. Good condition.

3) ‘The World Chess Championship: 1951’ by William Winter & R. G. Wade. Turnstile Press., London 1951. Bound; with dust-jacket, which is browned and chipped. There are ink signs on the endpapers, otherwise clean throughout. Condition good.

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Lot No 43. 5 books of the USSR Championship Series.

These volumes are on the XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI and XXII USSR championships. Published in Moscow between 1952 and 1956. Each books contains all games of the relevant championship (many with notes), its X-table and various articles. This is a highly collectible series.

Bound. Covers of volume on the 19th Ch are slightly worn and soiled; covers of volume on the 20th Ch are slightly soiled. Condition good.

 

 

 

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Lot No 44. Two tournament books.

1) 'Second Piatigorsky Cup' edited by Isaac Kashdan. Dover, New York, 1977. It's a reprint of the 1968 original edition. 228 pages, many photos. Paperback; condition good.

2) 'Die Schacholympiade von Hamburg' mit 150 ausgewählten partien. British Chess Magazine, 1973. Reprint of the original 1931 edition, published by L. Tóth. BCM Classics Reprint No. 14. SBN 900846-12-7. 156 pages. Paperback; condition good.

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Lot No 45. Bulletins of the Manila Olympiad 1992.

Large-format bulletins No. 2-13 and a special program are bound together in a massive attractive volume, with marbled endpapers. This set contains many games, photos and interviews. Bulletins of Chess Olympiads are highly collectible items. However, it appears the bulletin No. 1 is missing (was never bound in), thus making this set incomplete.

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Books on Openings

 

Lot No 46. 'The Chess Openings, considered critically and practically', by H. E. Bird, London [1877], Dean & Son. L/N 1819. Betts 13-1. Original binding, gilt stamping on the front board, gilt spine and gilt edges. The spine is slightly bumped on the top and bottom, slight bumping to the corners; the covers are slightly soiled; evidence of expert repair to the spine. Both the upper and the lower covers have signs of repair on the inside. The title page browned and has a small ink sign (possibly name of former owner) on top of it. The top part (about ¼ of a page) of the dedication page is missing, apparently without loss of text. A few pages have light foxing, otherwise condition is good.

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Lot No 47. 'Chess Openings Ancient and Modern' Revised and Corrected Up To The Present Time From The Best Authorities by E. Freeborough and C. E. Ranken. 2nd edition, London, 1893. L/N 1842.

Bound, top and bottom of the spine are bumped, corners bumped with some wear, front endpapers are split at hinge, the spine is slightly shaken; foxing on the free endpapers; there is a small ink and pencil sign in the top right corner of the title page, otherwise condition is goo, as the book is clean throughout.

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Lot No 48. 'Twenty Years of the Rice Gambit' In Memoriam of Isaac Leopold Rice, published by the American Chess Bulletin, January 1916. 391 pages. Ed. by Hermann Keidanz, L/N 1871. Betts 15-14.

Original binding, royal octavo, light bumping to top and bottom of the spine and corners. Clean throughout. Includes ‘The Genealogical Tree of The Rice Gambit’ leaf. Good condition.

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Lot No 49. 'Die Moderne Eröffnung 1.d2-d4!' Theoretische Untersuchungen und Verbesserungsvorschläge, by E. Bogoljubow. Selbstverlag des Verfassers, 1928. 1st edition, L/N 1977.

Bound, original cloth-covered paper boards, the spine slightly faded, slight pencil annotations internally. Good condition.

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Lot No 50. 'Modern Chess Openings' by Griffith and White, completely revised by Reuben Fine under the editorship of R. C. Griffith & P. W. Sergeant. 6th edition, Leeds, 1939. Betts 13-133. This edition is not in the Catalogue of the Hague Library, 1st edition has L/N 1896.

Bound, some wear to spine. There is a library stamp on the free endpaper, slightly offset to the title page. Clean throughout. Condition good.

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Lot No 51. Three books on openings.

1) ‘Son of Sorrow, Survey of a Structure. Modern Benoni’ by Steffen Zeuthen. Denmark 1973. ISBN 87-87461-00-5. 403 pages plus un-numbered section with 868 game scores.

Bound, covers are slightly worn. There are ink marks on pages 258 and 362, otherwise condition good. There is errata list enclosed.

2) ‘Handbuch der Schach-Eröffnungen. Band 12: Holländisch 1 d4 f5’ by Rolf Schwarz. Hamburg 1964. 392 pages. Bound, good condition.

3) ‘Otkazanniy Ferzeviy Gambit’ (‘Queen’s Gambit Declined’) by Ya. Neishtadt. Moscow 1967. 327 pages. Bound, good condition.

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Lot No 52. Two opening books in English.

1) ‘The Sicilian Scheveningen’ by Craig Pritchett. B. T. Batsford Limited, London 1977. ISBN 0-7134-0087-0. 206 pages. Bound; with dust-jacket. Good condition.

2) ‘Sicilian – Accelerated Dragon’ by D. N. Levy. B. T. Batsford Limited, London 1975. ISBN 0-7134-3031-1. 164 pages. Bound; with dust-jacket. There are numerous ink marks by Tim Harding in the book. Reading copy.

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Lot No 53. TRENDS Series. 47 books published in 1989-1994. As new.

Trends series, whose list of authors includes many GMs, covers recent developments in various openings and particular systems. A typical Trends book has about 40 pages and usually retails for $5-$7. Buying this lot may be a bargain; it can also save time on searching for individual Trend books.

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Lot No 54. TRENDS Series. 52 books published in 1995-1998. As new.

Trends series, whose list of authors includes many GMs, covers recent developments in various openings and particular systems. A typical Trends book has about 40 pages and usually retails for $5-$7. Buying this lot may be a bargain; it can also save time on searching for individual Trend books.

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Books on Endgames & Chess Composition

 

Lot No 55. ‘Chess Gems: Some Of The Finest Examples Of Chess Strategy By Ancient And Modern Masters’ collected and set by John Augustus Miles. Fakenham (UK) 1878. 2nd edition.

L/N 2401, Betts 32-11.

Bound, royal octavo, embossed. The gilt spine bumped top and bottom, the lower cover has large faded area on the outside. Some light foxing, otherwise condition very good.

 

 

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Lot No 56. ‘A Thousand End-Games’ a Collection of Chess Positions that can be Won or Drawn by the Best Play. Edited and Arranged by C. E. C. Tattersall. Volumes I and II. Leeds, 1910-1911. L/N 2218.

Both volumes are in original paper covers, the spines are slightly rubbed top and bottom, covers has light discolouration, there is a small stain on the lower cover of volume II, which gradually disappears through the free-endpaper and 3 leaves in the back of the volume. Condition very good.

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Lot No 57. 'Schnell Matt!' 333 kurze, brillante Schachpartien berühmter Meister und starker Amateure, by Claudius Hüther. München, 1913, Selbstverlag von Claudius Hüther. 1st edition. L/N 3209.

Bound, the covers are slightly rubbed and soiled. Light foxing on a few pages. Very good condition. There are some beautiful illustrations in the book.

This is the title-page of this book:

 

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Lot No 58. 'An Introduction to the Endgame at Chess' by Philip W. Sergeant. Published by Chatto & Windus, London, 1939. L/N 2298. Betts 21-21.

Bound, top and bottom of spine bumped, the binding is slightly shaken. The covers are slightly soiled, with bumping and signs of wears to the corners. There are ink library stamps on the paste-down endpaper and on the free endpaper, there is also a presentation sticker on the half-title page. There are a few light pencil and ink marks in the book. Condition fair.

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Lot No 59. Two books in German on chess composition.

1) '200 Ausgewählte Schachaufgaben' by Otto Fuss and Ferdinand Möller. Mit 200 Diagrammen. Berlin, 1939. 106 pages. Bound, with top edges coloured red. With ex libris of Gustav Karpati on the paste-down endpaper. There is an ink sign (number 2818) on the free endpaper. Condition very good.

2) 'Problem Schach' by Herbert Grasemann, Sportverlag, Berlin, 1955. 196 pages.

Bound, the spine is slightly damaged. With ex libris of Robert Schmitz on the paste-down endpaper; paper slightly browned. Condition good.

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Lot No 60. 13 different books on chess composition, in various languages.

1) 'Caissas Schlossbewohner' by Peter Kniest, Germany, 1983. ISBN 3-922392-12/13-1. 119 pages, in German. This books is about chess composition.

2) 'Caissas Schlossbewohner-2' by Peter Kniest, Germany, 1985. ISBN 3-922392-16-4. 133 pages. This book is in German, but some text is also in English.

3) 'Caissas Schlossbewohner-3' by Peter Kniest, Germany, 1987. 141 pages. In German, but some text is also in English and in Russian. ISBN 3-922392-18-0.

4) 'Schweizer Schachkompositionen 1976-1986' by Hans Henneberger. Switzerland, 1989. 160 pages.

5) 'HØEGs Skakproblemer' by J. P. Toft. Copenhagen, 1982, in Danish; 157 pages. Pages 143/144, 147/148 and 151/152 are badly damaged (some text is cut out). Also it appears that there are some extra pages inserted into the book mistakenly by the binder (some pages are inserted twice).

6) 'Selected Chess Studies and Problems by Attila Koranyi'. Kecskemet, 1999. In English, 140 pages.

7) 'Wold Chess Composition Tournament of the FIDE', Germany 1983, IBSN 3-922392-14-8. Text is parallel in German, English and French; 89 pages.

8) 'Wold Chess Composition Tournament of the FIDE', 1972-1975. Finland, IBSN 951-95111-3-X. Text is parallel in German, English and French; 103 pages.

9) '128 Moderne Schachrätsel' by Peter Krystufek, Germany, 1991, ISBN 3-88805-089-8. 193 pages.

10) 'Das Patt im Wenigsteiner' by Hilmar Ebert. Germany, 1978. 243 pages.

11) 'Rätselvolle Schach-Aufgaben' Matt in zwei Zügen, by Godehard Murkisch. Munich, 1980, ISBN 3-453-41393-8. 150 pages. Condition satisfactory.

12) 'Svenska Miniatyrer i urval' by H. Fröberg and H. Hultberg, Sewden, 1978. 70 pages.

13) 'Chess Problems for Solving' by John Rice. UK, 1995, ISBN 0-9524033-2-3. 32 pages.

All books are paperbacks and all are in good condition except No. 5 and 11.

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Lot No 61. ‘World Anthology of Chess Studies’ by Y. Akobia (and G. Nadareishvili). Volumes 1-2. In English; figurine notation. Volume I. '4232 Studies With Stalemate', Tbilisi, Georgia, 1994.  544 pages. Volume II. "4492 Studies With Mate".  Tbilisi, Georgia, 1994.  544 pages.

Bound, as new.

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Periodicals

 

Lot No 62. ‘The Philidorian; a Magazine of Chess, and Other Scientific Games’ edited by George Walker. Complete in one volume. London 1838. L/N 6121.

Half bound with marbled boards, gilt spine with raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, edges marbled. The spine and covers are slightly rubbed. Condition very good.

This is the exterior of this volume:

 

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Lot No 63. ‘Deutsche Schachzeitung’. L/N 6047. A complete run, compromising volumes 1-137, it is unbroken from the first volume, published in 1846, to the last, published in 1988. This magazine first appeared as Schachzeitung and became Deutsche Schachzeitung in 1872. It was not published in 1945-1949 - the only break in its long history until it ceased.

Bindings are not uniform, but condition is, in all cases, very good, with all frontispieces, and contents pages present. Some minor foxing to earlier volumes, consistent with the paper of the period. Some of the earlier volumes have contemporary binding: 1848, 1853, 1855, 1856, 1859/1860. Volumes of 1848 and 1859/1860 are particularly nicely bound – in half calf, with raised bands and marbled boards.

Obviously volumes in such a long run came from different sources, so volume of 1846 and 1859/60 have stamp of the Wiener Schach Club, volume of 1850 has a stamp of the Glasgow Chess Club, while the volume of 1852 has a stamp of Café International.

Condition of the run very good. This is one of the rare occasions when a complete run of this famous periodical comes on the market, which represents an excellent opportunity to the collector and the historian to acquire an exceptional run of this periodical.

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Some of the early volumes in contemporary binding:

 

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Lot No 64. ‘Deutsche Schachzeitung’ volume 63, 1908. L/N 6047. 396 pages, pagination is continuous. Cloth binding with gilt spine. Condition very good.

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Lot No 65. ‘Wiener Schach-Zeitung’ volume 1, 1855. No. 1-9 (January-September 1855). L/N 5953. 348 pages, pagination is continuous.

Half bound with marbled boards and gilt spine. Some pencil marks on the edges of pages 12, 30, 31 and 39-40. Condition very good.

This is the first year when this periodical appeared.

This is the exterior of this volume:

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Lot No 66. ‘The American Chess Journal’ No. 1-18, March 1878-July 1879, 399 pages, pagination is continuous. L/N 6395, Betts 7-24.

All issues bound in one volume. Cloth binding with gilt spine, marbled edges. The first issue of the magazine is without wrappers, as issued. Clean throughout. Very good condition.

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Lot No 67. ‘The Dubuque Chess Journal’, Iowa, USA. 6 volumes, covering 1875, 1877, 1878, 1886 and 1889. L/N 6392. This was a very erratic chess publication, which changed name a few times, e.g. it was also called ‘The Chess Journal’ and ‘Brownson’s Chess Journal’.

1) Volume VIII. January-December 1875 (Nos. 59-69). 620 pages, pagination is continuous; there are some supplements enclosed (‘By-Laws and Rules of Play of the American Chess Association’ and ‘Carpenter’s Chess Problems’), some of them with numbered pages, which complicates the overall pagination.

Cloth binding with gilt spine, the spine and boards are slightly rubbed and faded, the spine is slightly bumped tom and bottom, corners of the boards are slightly bumped too. Some pages are slit at hinge, some pages foxed. Stamp and small pencil mark on the title page. Condition is good.

2) Volume X. 1877. February 1877 – December 1877, (No. 74-82) ‘Brownson’s Chess Journal’. 344 pages, pagination is continuous; there are some supplements enclosed, some of them with numbered pages, which complicates the overall pagination.

Half bound, guilt spine, coloured edges. The spine is rubbed, worn and semi-detached; corners of the covers are rubbed, worn and bumped. Endpapers are split at hinge, there is ex libris of Eugene Strens at the paste-down endpaper and sign ‘John Watkinson’ on the free endpaper. Light foxing to some pages, very clean throughout, condition is good.

3) ‘The Chess Journal’ Games and Problems with Solutions. 1878 and 1886. January-March 1878 (No. 83-85); 104 pages, pagination is continuous. April-December 1986; ‘Brownson’s Chess Journal’, about 30 pages per issue. Then the same volume includes 2nd edition of ‘Chess Problems by George E. Carpenter’. Rockdale, Iowa 1886. That contains 66 two-moves and 80 three-moves, alone with solutions. Then this volume includes ‘The Dubuque Chess Journal Problem Tournay. January to June 1871’ Dubuque, Iowa. 48 pages.

Bound, guilt spine. Foxing, mostly light, on some pages, condition is very good.

4) ‘Chess Journal’ January-December 1887 (No. 95-106).

Half bound, the spine is slightly bumped and rubbed top and bottom, corners and the upper cover are slightly bumped. There is ex libris of Eugene Strens at the paste-down endpaper, light foxing to a few pages. Condition is very good.

5) ‘The Chess Journal’ Games and Problems with Solutions. 1888. January-December 1888 (No. 107-118).

Bound, the gilt spine is slightly worn and bumped top and bottom, there is a registration number on the spine and stamp of Brooklyn Public Library on the edges. Stamp of that library also appears on the lower efree endpaper. The free endpaper is detached, some pencil marks on the title-page, most pages browned considerably, some pages has light foxing, otherwise condition is very good.

6) ‘The Chess Journal’ Games and Problems with Solutions. 1889. January-December 1889 (No. 119-130).

Bound, the gilt spine is slightly bumped top and bottom, there is a library stamp on the title-page, the title page foxed, most pages slightly yellowed, endpapers foxed, otherwise condition is very good.

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Lot No 68. 'The Huddersfield College Magazine' Volume V., from October, 1876, to September, 1877. J.E. Wheatley and Co. L/N 6134. Betts 7-15.

Half bound, the edges and corners are bumped. Expert repair to the spine. Clean throughout. Good condition.

The Huddersfield College Magazine is the forerunner of the British Chess Magazine, it is a rare periodical, extremely difficult to acquire a full run of (even the Hague Library did not have volume IV.)

The title page:

 

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Lot No 69. 'Lasker's Chess Magazine', (New York) volumes I. and II. (Nov. 1904 - Oct. 1905) bound as one volume. Volume I. November 1904 to April 1905. Index of content. 288 pages; pagination is continuous. Volume II. May 1905 to October 1905. Index of content. 288 pages; pagination is continuous. L/N 6408. Run from November 1904 to January 1909, there were 9 volumes in total: the later years appeared rather erratically.

Original binding, royal octavo, light bumping to top and bottom of the spine and corners. Clean throughout. Very good condition.

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Lot No 70.  ‘Schachspiegel’ Editors: Siebenhaar & Dreier. Band 1-4, 1987-1989 (4 volumes). These volumes contain many (if not all) games from Bundesliga and its results. Mostly there are game scores without notes, but occasionally there is some text in German. There are between 284 and 380 pages in a volume. Paperback. Good condition.

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History of Chess, Chess Memorabilia, Miscellaneous & Mixed Lots

 

Lot No 71. ‘Chess & Chess-Players’ consisting of Original Stories and Sketches by George Walker. 1st edition, London 1846. L/N 4624.

Bound - later cloth binding (so, the book was re-backed) with gilt cloth spine. Light foxing to the title-page, ink stamp (of Glasgow Chess Club) on the top of the dedication page, which offset lightly to the printer’s imprint, pencil sign on the latter. Ink stamp (of Glasgow Chess Club) on the top of the preface page and one page 1, as well on some other pages in the book. Light foxing on a few pages, otherwise condition is very good.

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Lot No 72. A collection of manuscript items, belonging to Akiba Rubinstein. The lot consist of 3 notebook, written in long-hand - some notes are in German, some in Russian, some in Hebrew. Sometimes Rubinstein used different languages on the same page. Contents of the notebooks are varied and include Rubinstein's opinions of the playing style of Capablanca and Nimzowitsch (in German) and his impressions of Reti's book (in Russian). One notebook is exclusively in Hebrew. We hired an expert in Hebrew to examine it and he confirmed that this notebook consists of a manuscript of a complete chess manual, which Rubinstein obviously worked on. The second notebook with Hebrew text appears to be the extension of that planned chess manual, where Rubinstein described chess struggle, pieces and their qualities in a very accomplished literary manner. According to the expert consulted, this text may be of great interest to Judaic scholars because of the richness of Rubinstein's language and literary style. This notebook is dated 1927 on the cover and it appears that other notebooks are from the same period.

Other items include 3 letters and 2 telegrams to Rubinstein from Pzepiorka (in Polish, dated 1930-1931). They also include a letter from the organisers of the San Remo tournament (1930), a letter of invitation from the Berliner Schachgesellschaft with conditions (in German, 1927), a letter of invitation (in French) with conditions to come Liege (1930) and a personal letter on Rubinstein’s own headed paper. This letter is in Russian and it appears to be written to Rubinstein by a woman. The letter starts: "Thank you for your letter. This is the first time in our lives when you write to me more often than I do to you."

The notes are very clear; sections in one of notebooks are loose (the spine is gone), but the contents are good.

Rubinstein did not leave many notes after him and thus this lot may be of great interest to those collecting chess memorabilia.

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Rubinstein’s notes on Nimzowitsch and Capablanca:

 

4 Rubinstein’s signatures in one of the notebooks:

 

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Lot No 73. 'Chessmen' by Donald M. Liddell, London, 1938 (1st edition). L/N 3669. Betts 54-5.

Original cloth binding, quarto. The covers are somewhat soiled and slightly worn; the gilt spine slightly faded. Clean throughout. Good condition.

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Lot No 74. ‘A History of Chess’ by H. J. R. Murray. Oxford 1962, reprint of the first edition (1913). Betts 5-11.

Bound, with a dust-jacket, which is slightly browned and with some tear to the bottom right corner. There is ink ex libris of Thomas William Lowe on the title page, otherwise condition fine, as it is very clean throughout. This massive 900-page volume is a must for those interested in the history and bibliography of chess.

 

 

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Lot No 75. Three books.

1) ‘The Soviet School of Chess’ by A. Kotov and M. Yudovich,  Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow 1958. In English. Bound. Fine condition.

2) ‘Izbranniye partyi’ {‘Selected games’} by V. Smyslov. Moscow, 1952. 157 pages. L/N 3360. Contents: 60 games and endings of 1935-1951 in chronological order (with annotations). There is author's preface and article ‘V. V. Smyslov’ by P. Romanovsky in the book. In Russian.

Bound. Good condition.

3) ‘666 Kurzpartien’ Eine Hohe Schule der Schachtaktik by Kurt Richter, Berlin 1966. In German.

Bound; fine condition.

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Lot No 76. 5 Russian chess books.

1) ‘Shakhmatnoe Tvorchestvo Botvinnika’ (‘Chess Works of Botvinnik’) by Baturinsky. Volume I. Moscow 1965. 632 pages. The volume covers Botvinnik’s career up to 1940. Bound; with a badly torn dust-jacket. Good condition.

2) ‘Turnir Pamyati Alekhina. Moskva 1956’ (‘Alekhine Memorial Tournament’), Moscow 1958. 221 pages. Bound; with dust-jacket, which is worn and torn. Condition good.

3) ‘Shakhmatniye Okonchaniya’ (‘Chess Endgames’) by Averbakh. Moscow 1956. Pawn, Bishop and Knight endings in one volume. 480 pages. Bound, condition good.

4) ‘Improvizatsiya v shakhmatnom iskusstve’ (‘Improvisation in the Art of Chess’) by B. Vainstein. Moscow 1976. This is a book on Grandmaster David Bronstein, it contains 52 his games with detailed notes. Bound, slightly shaken; with dust-jacket, which is worn. Condition good.

5) ‘Posledniye Shakmatniye Lektsyi Kapablanki’ (‘Capablanca’s Last Chess Lectures’). Moscow 1972. 52 pages. Paperback, condition good.

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Lot No 77. Three books in English.

1) ‘Gary Kasparov’s Chess Challenge’ by Garry Kasparov, translated and edited by Ken Neat. Cadogan, 1996. ISBN 1-85744-197-4. 90pages. Paperback, as new.

2) ‘Chess on the Web’ by Sarah Hurst. B. T. Batsford Ltd. 1999. IBSN 0-7134-8577-9. 144 pages. Paperback, as new.

3) ‘Your Chess Questions Answered’ by Susan Lalic. B. T. Batsford 1999. ISBN 0-7134-8406-3. 126 pages. Paperback, as new.

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Lot No 78. Two books in English.

1) ‘Chess Scandals: 1978 World Championship’ by Edmondson, with annotations by Mikhail Tal, based upon his commentary for “64”. Pergamon Press, 1981, 234 pages. ISBN 0-08-024145-X. Bound; royal octavo. Condition good.

2) ‘A Breviary of Chess’ by S. Tartakower. George Routledge & Sons, Ltd. London 1946 (4th reprint of the 1937 edition). Bound, condition good.

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Lot No 79. Two books in German.

1) ‘Philosophie des Schachs’ by Dr. Fritz Siebert. Schachverlag Heinz Loeffler, Bad Nuaheim 1957-1959. In 3 volumes (103, 112 and 114 pages). Paperbacks, pages browned. Condition good.

2) ‘Handbuch des Schachpiels’ von P. R. von Bilguer (v. d. Lasa). Achte, von Carl Schlechter unter Mitwirkung fachmännischer Autoritäten neubearbeitete Auflage. Berlin und Leipzig 1921. 51 pages. Size: royal octavo. Paperback, covers are worn and chipped, the upper cover is detached.

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Lot No 80. 6 different books, mostly in German.

1) 'Ungewöhnliche Kräfte-verhältnisse' by G. Nesis and L. Schulman, Schachverlag Rudi Schmaus, Germany, 1991. 94 pages.

2) 'Tübingen  Beiträge zum Thema Schach' by Dr. Hans Ellinger. Volume 3. Germany 1996, IBSN 3-88502-017-3. 129 pages.

3) 'Schach. Spiel, Sport, Kunst oder Wissenschaft?' by Walter Supp. Germany, 1980, ISBN 3-7987-0191. Bound; 64 pages.

4) 'Schach ohne Partner' by Herbert Grasemann, Germany, 1977. ISBN 3-581-66299-0. 127 pages.

5) 'Wie ich rämpfe und siege' by A. Karpov. Schachverlag Rudi Schmaus, Germany, 1978. 189 pages. 50 selected games of Karpov.

6) 'Mikhail Tal. Games 1949-1962'. Star Chess, 1994; printed in Bulgaria. 431 pages.

All books are paperbacks, except No. 3; all are in good condition.

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Lot No 81. Four different books in English.

1) 'The Beginner's Book of Chess' by F. Hollings. 3rd edition, revised and enlarged. London, 1924. L/n 1381. 72 pages. Paperback. Covers are pages foxed, otherwise condition good.

2) 'Chess and Draughts. How to play Scientifically' by Alberto Belasco. Great Britain, 1960. 64 pages. Paperback; with original dust-jacket. Pages slightly browned uniformly throughout. Condition very good.

3) 'The Chess Pilot' by J. Mieses. London. [1947] 64 pages. Paperback, the bottom of the spine is chipped, otherwise condition good.

4) 'Chess Endings for Beginners' by J. H. Blake. London, 1955. 75 pages. Bound, foolscap octavo. The spine and covers are slightly rubbed, otherwise condition very good.

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Lot No 82. Two books.

1) ‘Meine Besten Partien. 1908-1923’ by A. Alekhine. Walter De Gruyter & Co., Berlin und Leipzig 1929. L/N 3249.

Original cloth binding, the spine is bumped top and bottom, the corner are bumped, very considerable foxing to the boards, front endpapers are split at hinge, the spine is slightly shaken, there is a sign on the front free endpaper and numerous ink marks in the book. Condition satisfactory.

2) ‘The Basis of Combination in Chess‘ by J. Du Mont., London, George Routledge & Sons Ltd. 1944 reprint of the 1st edition of 1938.

Bound, gilt spine, there are stains on the boards and the spine, light foxing to the title-page, paper yellowed, otherwise condition is good.

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Additional Lots: No. 83 – 98.

 

Lot No 83. Minckwitz ‘Lärobok I Schackspelet’ (Chess manual)  Stockholm (1885). L/N 990. In Swedish. 224 pages; with an introduction to chess composition (pages 129-198). This book contains 142 problems by well-known composers like Klett, Shinkman, Blumentahl, Brown, Loyd, Chocholous, Braune, Healey, Dobrusky, Cheney, Plachutta, etc.

Half bound in cloth, with marbled boards and gilt spine. The back of the title page and the preface page are fixed at the top with tape; page 1 is detaching, otherwise condition is very good.

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Lot No 84. ‘320 Danske Skakopgaver 1878-1902’ by Jespersen. Stockholm (1902), 238 pages. L/N 2554. This book contains 320 problems and 12 studies, alone with solutions.

Paperback. Covers are detached, its bottom part is chipped, while the top part is slightly chipped; the section with solutions is detached; the lower cover is chipped top and bottom (left corner is missing) – otherwise the condition is very good: very clean inside, pages are unopened.

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Lot No 85. ‘Stormästarturneringen I. St. Petersburg 1914’ By Dr. Tarrasch. In Swedish. Örebro 1955. 232 pages. Harback, clean and crisp throughout. Condition very good.

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Lot No 86. ‘Das Grossmeister-Turnier New York 1924’ Bearbeitet von A. Aljechin (Alekhine). Berlin/Leipzig 1925,  337 pages. L/N 5367.

Hardback, the spine is slightly bumpted top and bottom, very clean and crisp thoughout. Condition very good.

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Lot No 87. ‘Interzonala Schacktureringen Saltsjöbaden 1948’ by Ståhlberg, Örebro 1949. 359 pages. L/N 5757.

Bound, with gilt spine; the bottom corners are slightly bumped; the lower cover is slightly soiled; very clean and crisp thoughout. Condition very good.

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Lot No 88. ‘Interzonala Världsschackturneringen Stockholm-Saltsjöbaden 1952’ by Ståhlberg, Sveriges Schackförbunds Förlag, Örebro 1953. 342 pages.

Bound, with gilt spine; the corners are slightly bumped; very clean and crisp thoughout. Condition very good.

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Lot No 89. Stahlberg and Keres. Världsschackturneringen Neuhausen-Zürich 1953. Världssmästarmatchen Moskva 1954’ Örebro 1954, 351 pages. L/N 5876.

Bound, with gilt spine; the bottom corners are slightly bumped; very clean and crisp thoughout. Condition very good.

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Lot No 90. Rubinstein Vinner!’ (‘Rubinstein wins!’) with annotations by Hans Kmoch and a short biography by Dr. Jacques Hannak. Stockholm 1947. 200 pages. L/N 3264. The book contains 100 annotated games.

Harback, with gilt title on the spine. Very clean and crisp thoughout. Condition fine.

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Lot No 91. Baturinskiy: ‘Chess Creations of Botvinnik’. Volumes I. and II. In Russian.

Volume I. Moscow 1965. 632 pages; 283 annotated games, played by Botvinnik in 1924-1940; Botvinnik’s articles, written in that period. Harback, with dust-jacket. Condition good.

Volume II. 1  Moscow 1966. 702 pages; 217 annotated games, played by Botvinnik in 1941-1956; Botvinnik’s articles, written in that period. Harback, with dust-jacket. The end of the book is water-stained, beginning with page 520. Condition fair.

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Lot No 92. ‘My 60 Memorable Games’ selected and fully annotated by Bobby Fischer, with introduction to the games by International Grandmaster Larry Evans.

Simon and Schuster, New York 1969. 1st edition. Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number: 68-21821. 384 pages. Hardback, with original dust jacket. Condition good.

The owner donates proceeds of this sale as the best game prize in the international junior chess tournament, which will be help in Dublin this summer.

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Lot No 93. I. Bondarevsky ‘Boris Spassky shturmuyet Olimp’ (Boris Spassky climbs the Olympus’) Kaluga, 1966. 162 pages. Paperback, with just-jacket. Condition good.

The book is autographed by Mikhail Tal – there is a sign “To dear Lazar Lvovich Koblents from Tal” on the title-page.

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Lot No 94. Bulletin of the Central Chess Club of the USSR. In Russian.

This periodical covered events in the USSR and abroad and was a valuable source of information (game scores) in the pre-computer era.  16 pages per issue; theoretical articles, photos, many games per issue, some are from little known in the West tournaments.

3 annual runs: 1972 (No. 1-12), 1974 (No. 1-12) and 1975 (No. 1-12). Complete sets, unbound.

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Lot No 95. Bulletin of the Central Chess Club of the USSR. In Russian.

This periodical covered events in the USSR and abroad and was a valuable source of information (game scores) in the pre-computer era.  16 pages per issue; theoretical articles, photos, many games per issue, some are from little known in the West tournaments.

3 annual runs: 1988 (Nos. 1-36), 1989 (Nos. 1-36) and 1990 (Nos. 1-36). Complete sets, unbound.

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Lot No 96. Bulletins of the 29th Chess Olympiad. Novi Sad 1990.

This lot consists of 14 loose bulletins (No. 1-14). They contain photos, game scores, results of the event, interviews, etc. In good condition.

Bulletins of chess Olympiads are highly collectible and sometime are hard to find, which fully applies to bulletins of that particular Olympiad.

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Lot No 97. Bulletins of the 32nd Chess Olympiad, Yerevan 1996.

This lot consists of 15 loose bulletins (No. 0-14). They contain numerous photos, game scores, results of the event, etc. In very good condition.

Olympiad bulletins are popular among chess collectors. Bulletins of the Yerevan Olympiad are already hard to find now.

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Lot No 98. Bulletins of the 33rd Chess Olympiad, Elista 1998.

This lot consists of 13 loose bulletins (No. 1-13). They contain photos, game scores, results of the event, etc. In good condition.

Olympiad bulletins are popular collectible items and in a few years it might be difficult to get bulletins of the Elista Olympiad.

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