Books from Caissa Editions.


We have recently taken delivery of a batch of books direct from Caissa Editions in the USA.

This is by way of an early notice to a small number of discriminating collectors of long standing, before they go out on general release, as there only 2 copies of each book.

All are in mint condition, hard-backed with red cloth covers and gilt titles, except where stated otherwise.  The descriptions are those of the publisher.






St. Petersburg 1895/96


Robert Sherwood, 2nd ed. Yorklyn, 2014.  v+124 pp. Heavily revised compared to the 1st ed. Certainly the strongest tournament ever held up till that time with Lasker, Steinitz, Pillsbury and Chigorin in a sextuple round robin event. Deep notes aided by Komodo and Houdini engines. Gives a good historical background to this event along with photos and a discussion of the off-the-board events that brought about a disaster for US chess for years to come.       £20



Budapest 1896


John Owen. Yorklyn, 1994.  205pp. Notes by Maroczy, Charousek, & other contemporary masters with editing and additional commentary by John Owen. Chigorin & Charousek tied 1st= followed by Pillsbury, Schlechter/Janowsky, Winawer/Walbrodt, Tarrasch, Albin/Maroczy,  Marco, Noa, & Popiel. Includes the Chigorin-Charousek tie-breaking match. Photos & career records of the contestants.                                                                                                 £20



Buffalo 1901 & 1894


John Hilbert, Yorklyn, 1996. Hardback, iv  + 95pp.  Notes from contemporary sources. At Buffalo 1901 Pillsbury won ahead of Delmar, Napier, Howell, Marshall, and Karpinski in a double-round event. At Buffalo 1894 Showalter edged Pillsbury out by half a point, followed by Albin and Farnsworth also in a double-round format. Both tournaments are previously unpublished. Also given are all the serious games contested between Pillsbury and Marshall and an article on blindfold play by Pillsbury. Good material on U.S. chess history of that era. 18 photos and drawings.

NB: This copy does bear an amusing chess-themed Ex Libris plate of

James J. Barrett of Buffalo, which rather adds to its charm. Barrett was one of the world’s great chess bibliophiles. He died in 2005 and his vast collection was auctioned in Buffalo on 18th June that year.                                               £20



Ostende 1906


Tony Gillam, Yorklyn, 2005.  445 pp. Finally this complex and great tournament appears just about one hundred years after it occurred. Schlechter won by a slight margin in a very complicated series of qualifying sections. Gillam worked hard with a dedicated band of helpers to track down all the known games, graced in most cases with notes of that era. Many great players such as Lasker, Schlechter, Burn, contributed annotations. Also included are photos of most of the players plus photos of the great “Kursall” on the boardwalk at the resort city of Ostende plus a photo with the autographs of all the tournament contestants. Two slight books with only a tiny fraction of the games were published just after the tournament in the German language, but they hardly did justice to this strong event and are scarce collectors’ items today.                                  £35                              



Karlsbad 1907


An English translation of this original famous tournament book in German by Marco and Schlechter. This edition has the advantage of enhancements such as the addition of 15 photos of many of the players along with corrections and additional analysis using the strong program, Rybka. The tournament was one of the strongest of the last century with only Lasker, Tarrasch and Burn, missing from the roster of the world's best players of that day.  The young player Rubinstein won in fine style followed by Maroczy just one-half point behind  and by Leonhardt, Nimzovich/Schlechter, Vidmar, Duras/Teichmann, Salwe, Wolf, Dus-Chotimirski/Marshall, Spielmann, Tartakower, Berger/Mieses/Chigorin, Olland, E. Cohn, and Johner in that order. This was to be Chigorin's last tournament, though he still showed flashes of his brilliance in individual games.  Marco and Schlechter contributed superb notes in a style combining wit, depth, and accuracy.  475 pp.  on acid-free paper.  This is the gem of all tournament books.                                                                                                       £35



St. Petersburg 1914


Tarrasch, Yorklyn, 1993. 267 pp. & 21 photos. Dr. Tarrasch and augmented by notes of many other famous players such as Alekhine, Lasker, Marco, Bernstein, Reinfeld. An extremely good tournament book for one of the greatest chess tournaments all time. Lasker just beat out Capablanca, followed by Alekhine, Tarrasch, Marshall and other greats of the day.                      £28                 



Baden Baden 1925


Edited by Jimmy Adams. Yorklyn, 1991. 382 pp. Notes by Grekov and a host of great annotators including Lasker, Alekhine, Tartakower, Rabinovich, Burn, Grünfeld, Grigoriev, Levenfish, Romanovsky, Sozin, et al. A tournament book worthy of this great event, which was one of Alekhine's finest performances. Easily one of the best tournament books ever published in English with a cornucopia of great games from the golden age of hypermodern chess. Also included is a full translation of Alekhine's booklet (originally published in French) on the Theoretical Value of the Openings at Baden Baden 1925, along with surveys of the tournament by Tarrasch, Kmoch, Tartakower, Helms, Goetz, and Kagan. Won by Alekhine ahead of Rubinstein, Sämisch, Bogoljubow, Marshall, Tartakover. Recently out of print.                                                            £30



Chicago 1926

& Lake Hopatcong 1926


By Robert Sherwood, edited by Dale Brandreth.  A limited edition of 600 numbered copies. vii + 197 pp. Excellent notes by Sherwood and others. Some otherwise unknown photos. X-tables and opening indices for each tournament. The scores for Chicago 1926 have hitherto been unavailable. Marshall ifo Torre/ Maroczy at Chicago; at Lake Hopatcong 1926: Capablanca ifo Kupchik, Maroczy, Marshall, Ed Lasker, double round robin.                                 £28



San Remo 1930


Robert Sherwood, Yorklyn, 2013. 219 + xi pp.  Alekhine's super performance with 14 out of 15 against the world's best lacking only Capablanca and Em. Lasker. Excellent notes by Sherwood, Alekhine, Maroczy, Nimzovich, Nimzowitsch, Bogoljubow, Yates, Vidmar…  As Euwe later wrote about Alekhine's games at San Remo in Meet the Masters:  "His wins in this tournament exhibited, one and all, the art of chess at its most perfect yet."  Hardback with all games annotated and with many diagrams.                  £35





Pasadena 1932


Sherwood, Brandreth, Monson. xviii + 118pp. An Alekhine victory, albeit a shaky one, ahead of Kashdan, Dake/ Reshevsky/ Steiner, Borochow, Bernstein/ Factor/ Fine/ Reinfeld, Araiza, Fink.. All 54 of the known games out of the 66 played are given with notes. Good photos, especially of Alekhine. Also includes the fascinating story, unearthed by Bruce Monson, of Lavieve Hines, a very strong young female player who was probably the strongest American female chessplayer up to that time, though almost totally forgotten today.          £28



Hastings 1936/7


Reinfeld, Brandreth et al. Yorklyn,1992, Paperback, 55 pp.  English descriptive notation. Good notes to the games. An Alekhine victory ahead of Fine, Eliskases, Vidmar, among others.                                                               £7



AVRO 1938


Sherwood & Brandreth, Yorklyn, 2010.  xxxvii + 167pp. Full notes to all the games + some excellent photos and extensive commentary on the prelude and aftermath to this great event, the strongest tournament ever held up to that time. The notes are fresh and take into account notes by the great contestants themselves over the years.  They are incomparably better than any previous notes. Keres/ Fine ifo Botvinnik, Alekhine/ Reshevsky/ Euwe, Capablanca & Flohr.                                                                                                          £35



New York 1940


John Hilbert, Yorklyn, 2002. 209+iv pp. A first-rate tournament book for a strong US Championship in which Reshevsky just edged out Fine by 1/2 point. Kashdan was 3rd followed by Pinkus, Simonson, Denker, Kupchik, Bernstein, Polland, Reinfeld, Shainswit, Adams, Seidman, Green, Hanauer, Woliston, and Littman. Notes to most of the games are from contemporary sources, and Fritz 7 checked many of the critical positions. Good photos along with some games from the qualifying sections, brief biographies of the players plus some of their games from other events.                                                                           £35



Schlecter’s Games


Tom Crain. Yorklyn, 1998. 287pp. An original work which gives all the Schlechter games found in an exhaustive decade-long search. It complements the Goldman book by giving many more games (811 total), but no notes, and a brief biography with photos & cross-tables for his major tournaments.      £17





Napier: The Forgotten Chessmaster, John Hilbert, Yorklyn, 1997. 354 pages, 321 games, many with notes. Extensive historical background. Especially strong on New York City area chess around the turn of the century.                      £25



Notes of a Soviet Master


A. Ilyin-Genevsky. Yorklyn, 1986.  54 pages.  Translated by Bernard Cafferty from the original Russian edition of 1929. A fascinating account of this prominent revolutionary's early chess career and Soviet chess in the 20's buttressed by 50 of his games from his entire career including his immortal sacrificial win over Capablanca (then reigning World Champion).                £17



Paul Morphy


By G. Maroczy. Yorklyn 2012.  292 pages. Algebraic.  Translated by Robert Sherwood from the 1909 edition published in Germany. Maroczy was the strongest player who ever annotated all of Morphy games and thus to non-German language readers, it should be of special interest, especially since the standards for analytical notes were far higher even in 1909 than were accepted when these games were played.  There are all of Morphy's then-known games analysed, though a few are game fragments when the full game was not known. This edition was limited to only 600 copies, and is probably already out of print.