PROBLEMS

        7.                                    Problems, Studies & “Puzzles”

 

Addison

The Book of Extraordinary Chess Problems

Crowood ‘89

 

115pp

120 diagrams giving some of the more unusual/crazy positions.       

                                                                                 DW   AN    VG

 

£6.00

 

Anderson

Adventures of My Chessmen 1914 – 1923.

Stroud 1924

 

160pp

LN 2686.   120 problems mostly 2-, 3- & 4-movers.  AN     Insc. Bound in red cloth in the style of the Christmas series.

                                                           One corner bumped o/w VG

 

£65.00

 

Anderson, G

Are There Any?

Stroud 1958

 

149pp

Claims to be the 1st book on kriegspiel problems. Intro by Vincent Eaton. Introduction to the art with 44 examples. Green cloth boards with gilt titles.                             Scarce item                VG

 

£28.00

 

Andrade, B. J.

Andradiana                                                                                      1st ed.

Chess 1961

 

81pp

256 selected problems by the author, with his favourite quotations about the problem art. Foreword by C. H. O’D Alexander. Maroon cloth boards with gilt title on spine.                                           VG

 

£15.00

 

Andrews, H

The Chess Problem with E. N. Frankenstein, B. G. Laws & C. Planck

                                                                                                  1st ed. (1887)

Cassell

 

332pp

400 problems & solutions from these 4 great composers, grouped separately for each, with career prizelist for each. LN 2476. Maroon cloth boards with patterned endpapers. Clean copy.   VG

 

£75.00

 

Andrews, H

The Chess Problem  with E. N. Frankenstein, B. G. Laws & C. Planck

Tynron 1989

 

332pp

Revised facsimile edition of the 1886.  400 problems & solutions from these 4 great composers. Includes an essay on the Problem Art.                                                                                    PB   VG+ 

 

£17.50

 

Akobia

World Anthology of Chess Studies Vol 1: 4,232 Studies with Stalemate

Tblisi 1994

 

544pp

6p intro in English – the rest is languageless.        AN              VG-

£10.00

 

Barnes

Pick of the Best Chess Problems

Elliot 1976

 

157pp

200  2-movers with comprehensive solutions. PB     AN           VG

£4.00

 

Blackburne S.

Terms & Themes of Chess Problems.                                (1907)

Routledge

 

169pp

Preface by A. F. Mackenzie. Printed by Will Lyons, Kentucky USA but over-pasted by a Routledge, London sticker.  314 diagrams with solutions and explanations. LN2543. Insc. Olive cloth covered boards bearing attractive chess piece design.  VG+

 

 

£30.00

 

Blackburne S.

Terms & Themes of Chess Problems.                                (1907)

Routledge

 

 

Another copy but PB version with black tape on spine. VG

£20.00

 

Bouwmeester

Schaakstukken spleen U voor (The chess pieces play for you)

Holland   ‘55

 

155pp

The original version of the following title, Golombek’s translation. Introduction by Euwe. 76 chess studies with solutions on facing page. PB somewhat rubbed but with attractive chess design on cover.

 

£12.00

 

Bouwmeester

Modern Endgame Studies for the Chess-player                             1st  ed.

Bell  1959

 

128pp

Signed by Golombek the editor. 101 miniatures. DW in protective covering. Some foxing on 1st 10 pp.                                    o/w VG-

 

£14.00

 

Dawson

Five Classics of Fairy Chess

Dover 1973

 

 

 

145pp

An unaltered republication of 5 privately published pamphlets by Dawson between 1935 – 1937. They were Caissa’s Wild Roses (1935); C. M. Fox: His Problems (1936); Caissa’s Wild Roses In Clusters (1937); Ultimate Themes (1938) & Caissa’s Fairy Tales (1947). SB  Some insect damage to bottom of 1st 2 pp not visible when closed                                                                         o/w   G

 

 

£20.00

 

Dickens, A

A Guide To Fairy Chess                   republication of the original 2nd ed.

Dover 1971

 

66pp

Preface by T. R. Dawson. A comprehensive introduction to the art.  Large format. SB 

 

£10.00

 

Dickens

100 Classics of the Chessboard with Ebert.1st ed.                                         

Pergamon83

 

217pp

Range of types: 2 & 3-movers, historic & weird.          SB  AN  VG

£6.25

 

Dickens

100 Classics of the Chessboard     with  H. Ebert                                                                

Cadogan ‘95

 

 

Another copy                                                                        PB  VG

£5.00

 

Euwe, M

Schaak Met Verstand (Chess with Reason) with M. Blaine & J. F. Rumble.            

Tijstroom ‘51

 

182pp

Studies with 246 diagrams. Insc. “With very best wishes from the authors – J. F. S. Rumble”.                                                  PB   G

 

£20.00

 

FIDE

Fide Album No. 1  - 1956 – 1958

Zagreb 1961

 

187pp

The 1st of a project to record the best of the previous 3 years problems & studies, here numbering 661 examples with solutions. The 1st of a collectable series. Tri-lingual. SB with cloth spine & corners. Covers well-handled but internally clean.    AN             G+

 

£25.00

 

FIDE

FIDE Album 1914 – 1944 / I

Zagreb 1971

 

179pp

725 all 2-movers (248 from 1914 – 1928 plus 449 from 1929 – 1944). Tri-lingual minimal text.            PB                                   VG

 

£25.00

 

FIDE

FIDE Album 1914-1944 / II

Zagreb 1972

 

304pp

838 3-movers; 396 4+ movers &  43 extras. Introduction by Mansfield. The 2nd part of the project, with matching covers. VG

 

£25.00

 

FIDE

FIDE Album No. 3 1914 – 1944

Zagreb 1975

 

199pp

After the success of the 1st  2 Albums, the 3rd volume covered the years 1914 – 1944, with 803 of the best helpmates, self-mates etc from that period.  Minimal language.    AN                      HB    VG+

 

£25.00

 

Gosling

John Brown – The Forgotten Chess Composer?                            1st ed.

Matador ‘11

 

209pp

The author has assembled as much biographical facts as are known and 50 of his problems.               PB                  AN        F+

 

£10.00

 

Greuf, M

200 Classic Chess Puzzles

Sterling  ‘93

 

143pp

Mates in 2, 3, or 4 moves.                                                    PB  VG

£4.00

 

Harley, B

Mate In Two Moves – The Two-Move Chess Problem Made Easy

Bell 1947

 

216pp

                                                                                                     G

£4.75

 

Harley, B

Mate In Two Moves – The Two-Move Chess Problem Made Easy

Dover 1970

 

216pp

An exact republication of the 1931 original           SB               VG

£6.00

 

Harley, B

Mate In Two Moves – The Two-Move Chess Problem Made Easy

Dover 1970

 

 

Another copy.  Covers creased                                                 G-

£3.50

 

Harley, B

Mate In Three Moves – A Treatise on the Three-Move Problem.   1st ed.

Chatto 1943

 

198pp

Intro by Alain C. White. LN 2863 

                                      DW worn.  Paper yellowing.           o/w  G

£4.50

 

Harley, B

The Modern Two-Move Chess Problem – Problems by Mansfield     1st

Museum ‘58

 

157pp

Introductory primer to the art of composing & solving 2-movers.

                                                                                   Insc. DW  VG

 

£15.00

 

Healey, P

A Collection of 200 Chess Problems composed by Frank Healey During The Years 1848 to 1904

Stroud 1908 1st ed.

 

225pp

Compiled by the son of the composer (1828 – 1906). LN 2407

Olive cloth boards split on spine, with gilt chess design. Title page is tender but the rest is clean and sound.  G

 

£45.00

 

Herbstman, A

Schaakpartij en Compositie      (Chess Games & Composition)      (1948)

Tijdstroom

 

55pp

1st Dutch translation from Russian.  LN 2732. Loose erratum page.                                                        DW frayed but intact.  G

 

£18.00

 

Hochberg, B

Award-Winning Chess Problems

Sterling ’05

 

95pp

124 two-movers with hints & solutions. PB  VG

£5.50

 

Hoffman

Problemschach – 407 Aufgaben & Studien     (407 Problems & Studies)

Berlin 1985

 

252pp

                                                                                      DW       VG

£7.50

 

Howard, K

How To Solve Chess Problems

Dover 1961

 

171pp

Corrected & revised version of the 1945 original.     PB   AN     VG

£7.50

 

Howard, K

Classic Chess Problems by Pioneer Composers                           1st ed.

Dover 1970

 

109pp

155 positions in sections, each based on 1 composer.                 

                                                                       SB             AN     VG-

 

£8.00

 

Jones, R. H.

The Two-Move Chess Problems of Godfrey Quack

Keverel

 

48pp

76 problems with solutions and explanations. Biographical end-piece by Barry Barnes IM.            Comb-bound.                  F+

 

£4.00

 

Kasparian

Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies

Progress 80

 

542pp

English trans. from the Russian. Classic work from a master.  

DW      AN.   Foxing to page edges  & endpapers o/w     VG- 

 

£12.00

 

 

The 2 volume set below is a matching pair of a rare edition, mentioned specifically in the Oxford Companion as “authoritative”. Card covers are reinforced by red book-binder’s tape on spine, keeping titles visible and covers intact. Where exposed to air, paper is starting to brown due to age.  

                    The two volumes deserve to be kept as a pair.

 

 

£50 the pair

Kasparian

2,500 Finales  Tomo I                                         Buenos Aires 1st ed. 1961

Argentina

 

331pp

Authoritative work by the master. 1,292 studies.     PB             AN

 

 

Kasparian

2,500 Finales  Tomo II                                         Buenos Aires 1st ed. 1963

Argentina

 

315pp

Authoritative work by the master. Finishes 3 studies short.  PB AN

 

 

Kok

Wege Zur Endspielstudie. – Bauern Endspiele  Schwarze Damen In Zugzwang (Road to Endgame Study – Pawn Endings & Black Queens in Zugzwang)

 

Koblenz  ’92

 

174pp

251 diagrams. 2 books in one.                             DW   AN     VG+

£10.00

 

Laws, B. G.

The Two-Move Chess Problem

Bell 1931

 

116pp

Brown pictorial limp cloth. "The Club Series." Not in LN  (1st Ed. was 1890.). Insc. Back cover has slightly ruckled with damp o/w G

 

£9.00

 

Laws, B. G.

Chess Problems & How To Solve Them                                      1st ed.

Leeds 1923

 

152pp

Blue pictorial limp cloth. Chapters on various categories. LN 2681 Some neat marginalia                                                          o/w  G+

 

£12.00

 

Lebeck

Mate In Two!             Originally USA 1987. This ed. by Tournament Chess                                               

1992

 

28pp

Large format.  300  2-movers in an early attempt at desk-top publishing.                                                                         AN   VG

 

£4.00

 

Korn

American Chess Art – 250 Portraits of Endgame Study               1st ed.

Pitman 1975

 

384pp

DW rubbed but in protective cover. o/w internally                   VG+

£15.00

 

Korn

American Chess Art – 250 Portraits of Endgame Study               1st ed.

Pitman 1975

 

 

                                               Another copy minus DW   o/w  VG+

£12.00

 

Lommer H. M.

1357 End-Game Studies – The Best Chess Compositions 1935 - 1973

Pitman 1975

 

234pp

                                                                             AN     DW      F-

£15.00

 

Lommer, H. M.

1234 Modern End-Game Studies  with M. Sutherland

Dover 1968

 

358pp

An unabridged & corrected republication of the 1938 original. 

                                                                                      SB  AN  VG

 

£10.00

 

Lossa

200 Schachrätsel  (200 Chess Puzzles)

Beyer 1984

 

152pp

Small format                                                            PB   AN     VG+

£5.00

 

Mansfield

Chessboard Delights – Selected From the Sunday Telegraph 1964 - 74

RKP

 

 

116 positions & commentaries from his weekly column.    PB   VG

£4.00

 

Nagler, A

Schweizer Problemkomponisten (Swiss Problems)

Triengen ‘51

 

100pp

68 problems by Swiss composers assembled by a leading Swiss composer & organiser. Good photo portrait. LN 2961. 

       Insc. Small format HB with paper cover.                              VG

 

£30.00

 

Nunn

Solving In Style                                         1st ed.

Allen 1985

 

238pp

The master runs through the range of problems. DW AN Ex Lib  

                                                                                           o/w VG+

 

£12.00

 

Pandolfini

Pandolfini’s Endgame Course: Basic Endgame Techniques Explained

Fireside  ‘88

 

319pp     239 lessons, 1 per page, with diagram & explanation.  PB   AN   F

£9.00

 

Paros, Dr. G

Soviet Chess Compositions 1945 – 1947                        (no date c. 1948)

Kecskemet

 

64pp

200 problems & studies in various categories. Text & titles in English.  LN2931.  AN                    Navy cloth boards                 F-

 

£25.00

 

Prokes

Kniha Sachovych Studii   (Book of Chess Studies)

Prague 1951

 

230pp

623 diagrams  Foreword by Pachman. Insc.     AN                  VG

£9.50

 

Raynor, J

Chess Problems: Their Composition & Solution.                   5th Reprint

London ‘35

 

100pp

Brown limp cloth covers. 108 diagrams.  G+                                                                   

£9.50

 

Reinfeld

Reinfeld On The End-Game in Chess

Dover 1957

 

177pp        Unabridged republication of the Pitman 1940 original. SB  VG

£6.00

 

Rice, Lipton & Barnes

The Two-move Chess Problem: Tradition and Development: Some essays on selected two-move themes.

Faber

1966 1st ed.

 

206pp

355 diagrams / examples illustrating the concepts of Flights, Half-pin, Cross-check etc.                      DW with rubbed patch  o/w G+ 

 

£12.00

 

Rice, Lipton

Chess Problems: Introduction To An Art  with R. C. O. Matthews  1st ed.

Faber 1963

 

295pp

364 problems. Foreword by C. H. O’D Alexander.  DW  VG+

£12.00

 

Roycroft

Test Tube Chess – A Comprehensive Introduction to Endgame Study

Faber 1972

 

370pp

433 diagrams                                                               DW   AN  F-

£14.00

 

Roycroft

Test Tube Chess – A Comprehensive Introduction to Endgame Study

Faber 1972

 

 

Another copy                                                   DW     Ex Lib      G

£7.00

 

Russ, C

Miniature Chess Problems From Many Countries                        1st ed. 1981 

 Heinemann

 

262pp

400 Compositions with Solutions and Comments. Errata slip.

 Blue cloth boards with silver titles & design.                             VG.

 

£12.00

 

Russ, C

Miniature Chess Problems From Many Countries

Unwin 1987

 

262pp

400 compositions with solutions & comments           PB  AN  VG+

£9.00

 

Smullyan, R

The Chess Mysteries Of Sherlock Holmes

NY 1st ed 1979

 

171pp

“50 elegant, witty & unique chess problems”.   PB  AN  VG

£9.00

 

Smullyan, R

The Chess Mysteries of the Arabian Knights – 50 New Problems of Chess Detection.

Hutchinson ‘83

 

170pp

Explores the paradoxes of retrograde analysis in a novel way.

                                                                                        PB      VG

 

£9.00

 

Speckmann

Das Logische Schachproblem

Rau 1980

 

123pp

156 diagrams                                                          PB    AN    VG+

£8.00

 

Speckmann

Fremdlinge auf dem Schachbrett  (Strangers on the Chessboard)

1982

 

123pp

Self-published with errata slip. 144 miniature “fairies”  PB AN VG+

£6.00

 

Speckmann

Schachmatt mit acht Steinen (Checkmate wth 8 pieces)

1994

 

142pp

Self-published 220 problems                                       PB AN VG+

£6.00

 

Speckmann

Schachmatt in 4 und mehr Zugen (Checkmate in 4 or more moves)

1993

 

242pp

Self-published 44 miniatures                            PB      AN        VG+ 

£9.00

 

Speckmann

Schachminiaturen mit schwarzer Dame – Probleme und Studien

Beyer 1988

 

146pp

189 positions all with Black’s queen on board.   PB AN          VG+

£7.50

 

Sport

Új Magyar Sakk Feladvány Antologia  (Anthology of new Hungarian chess problems)

Budapest ‘79

 

346pp

516 problems with diagrams & solutions. Mini biographies & photos of the composers.  Black cloth covered boards  VG+

 

£10.00

 

Sutherland

1234 Modern End-Game Studies  with H. M. Lommer

Dover 1968

 

358pp

Unabridged & corrected republication of the 1938 original, with appendix containing 24 additional studies.  6pp of errata with full explanations.                                                           SB            VG

 

£10.00

 

Wallis, E

777 “Chess Miniatures In Three”

Wallis (’08)

 

272pp

Intro by P. H. Williams & a Hints to Solvers article by A. Neave Bradshaw, both tri-lingual. Set in alphabetical order of composer, from Abbott to Wynne.  LN 2590. Narrow format. Bookplate showing the coat of arms of the original owner Dermot MacGregor Morrah (1896 – 1974) Writer, poet & royal biographer, whose full story may be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.                              Endpapers starting to brown o/w G

 

 

 

£27.00

 

White A. C.

The White Rooks in Chess Strategy                                                1974

Hippocrene

 

210pp

A facsimile ed. of the original The White Rooks of 1910 & No. 10 in Alain White’s famous (& v. expensive) Christmas Series.  270 problems by 114 composers.            PB     AN                        VG+ 

 

£12.00

 

White A. C.

Classic Chess Exercises                                                                     1973

Hippocrene

 

223pp        Facsimile of the 1915 original entitled Tasks & Echoes, No. 20 in the Xmas Series. 300 problems from 150+ composers.  PB  AN   VG+

 

£12.00

 

White A. C.

The White King in Chess Strategy                                                     1973

Hippocrene

 

212pp   A facsimile ed. of the original The White King of 1914 & No. 19 in Alain White’s famous (& v. expensive) Christmas Series.  296 problems by 161 composers.                                        PB       AN                          VG+ 

 

£12.00

 

White A. C.

D. J. Densmore and The Densmore Memorial Tourney 1918

 

 

 

 

239pp

A photocopy of the original of 1920 & No. 26 in Alain White’s famous Christmas Series. However, it has been nicely bound in green boards and endpapers. Biography of Densmore and 50 of his problems, followed by 85 from the Memorial Tourney. AN   VG 

 

 

£18.00

 

White, A. C.

Sam Loyd and his Chess Problems.

Dover 1962

 

 

 

471pp

An unabridged but corrected republication of the 1913 original, No. 16 in White’s famous Christmas Series. White’s great admiration for and early acquaintance with Loyd (1841-1911) made this a labour of love. 718 of his problems plus 4 by his brother Tom and 26 by brother Isaac,                         SB          VG

 

 

£18.00

 

 

Whitworth, T.

Mattison’s Chess Endgame Studies

BCM 1987

 

79pp

60 Studies. BCM Quarterly No. 23. Intro by A. Hildband.

                                                                         PB       AN       VG+

 

£8.00

 

Williams, P. H.

The Modern Chess Problem   2nd ed. revised with new preface.      (1912)

Routledge

 

252pp

Introduction to the art with 100 problems with diagrams & solutions. LN2567. Maroon cloth covered boards & chessboard design.                                                                                      VG+

 

£18.00

 

Wood B. H.

One Hundred Victorian Chess Problems

Wayland  72

 

128pp

All taken from the Illustrated London News between 1850 -90 and very much of their time.                                                  DW  VG+

 

£10.00

 

Wood B. H.

One Hundred Victorian Chess Problems

Wayland  72

 

 

Another copy minus DW

£7.00