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  1. Morphy's Games of Chess.

    Morphy's Games of Chess.

    Being a selection of three hundred of his games. With annotations and a biographical introduction by Philip W. Sergeant.
    Revised edition of this examination of the chess prodigy's best games. Sergeant's book, based on Johann Jacob Lowenthal's 1860 work, was originally published in the UK in 1915. An incredibly fast player, Paul Morphy (1837-1884) had a brilliant career but soon became disillusioned with the world of chess and retired from tournaments in 1959. Bobby Fischer rated him as one of the ten best players of all time and described him as "perhaps the most accurate player who ever lived" (Chessworld, Vol. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 116049


  2. A Treatise on the Game of Chess.

    A Treatise on the Game of Chess.

    Containing a regular system of attack and defence: also numerous rules and examples, teaching the most approved method of playing pawns at the end of a game. To which is added, a selection of critical and remarkable situations, won or drawn by scientific moves.
    First edition. Sarratt, husband of noted actress and singer Camilla Dufour, was by profession a schoolmaster. After the death of Verdoni in 1804 he became "London's leading chess professional. Under his influence the London Chess Club (founded in 1807) adopted the continental rule that a game ending in stalemate was a draw, not a win for the player stalemated, as hitherto in England … he later published The Works of Damiano, Ruy-Lopez, and Salvio (1813) and The Works of Gianutio, and Gustavus Selenus (1817), translations which made the writings of earlier masters accessible to English players" (ODNB). Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1808

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104965


  3. Seven Hundred Chess Problems.

    Seven Hundred Chess Problems.

    First edition, first impression, of one of "the most elegant chess books ever to appear" (Hooper & Whyld 27). Edith Baird was a well-known figure in the chess world during the early twentieth century. She was a regular contributor to British Chess Magazine and the leading newspapers of the day, and established herself as a problem composer of the highest calibre. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 98154


  4. Practical Chess Exercises;

    Practical Chess Exercises;

    Intended as a sequel to the Practical Chess Grammar; containing various openings, games and situations, with instructions & remarks on the principal moves of each party; for the use of those who have already a knowledge of the game.
    First edition. Kenny (1788-1867) was a prominent educationalist who, in addition to compiling revised editions of several existing textbooks such as Hamel's Universal French Grammar and Godwin's History of England, also produced several original works, including Kenny's School Geography (1856); his Practical Chess Grammar was published in 1817 and went through several editions, including a German translation published in Leipzig in 1821. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1818

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 97328


  5. Chess the Hard Way!

    Chess the Hard Way!

    First edition, with the scarce and striking jacket, of this analytical recounting of the chess games of Canadian-born chess champion D. A. Yanofsky (1925-2000), who in 1939, at just 14 years old, played sensationally for Canada at the Buenos Aires Olympiad, gaining the highest score on second board. He won the British Championship in 1953. Appealingly Yanofsky has intermixed the dry analysis of moves with some biographical (and even emotional) background for each game, "because the success of many a master has been dependent on the small things that are rarely printed by always to be reckoned with". Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1953

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 93871


  6. Signed souvenir postcard for the 1972 World Chess Championship match played by Robert J. Fischer against Boris Spassky.

    Signed souvenir postcard for the 1972 World Chess Championship match played by Robert J. Fischer against Boris Spassky.

    Signed by Robert J. Fischer on the recto. The 1972 chess world championship final was the culmination of Fischer's utterly brilliant career as a chess grandmaster - aged thirteen he had already won the "Game of the Century". He would now be able to add world champion to his numerous titles. Playing out Cold War tensions the game between Fischer from the US and Boris Spassky from Soviet Russia generated public interest on a scale not seen before or since. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: [Reykjav

    Stock Code: 93186

    Signed: Yes


  7. Cigarette Cards and How to Collect Them.

    Cigarette Cards and How to Collect Them.

    First edition, first impression. A lovely copy of this scarce publication. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 85804


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