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The John G. White Collection
The Gambit, Official Publication of the Missouri Pacific St. Louis Chess Club, issued a Souvenir Edition in June 1930 devoted to the John G. White Collection in the Cleveland Public Library . Following a page of Acknowledgments and a portrait of the late Jo...

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Fred Reinfeld's early chess books
Having taken a light-hearted dig at Fred Reinfeld's repetitive output in the last article, I will redress the balance with a look at some of his earlier books from the 1930's. Reinfeld wrote his first chess book* at the age of 23 in collaboration with Irvin...

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Some lovely old Fred Reinfeld's
Here are a few books by Fred Reinfeld recently acquired, all with attractive dust jackets: The Modern Fundamentals of Chess , Nicholas Kaye, London 1961. How to get more out of Chess , Arco, London 1958. The Complete Chessplayer , Prentice-Hall, Englewood C...

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The Chess Problem, a scarce periodical
The Chess Problem , edited and published by Robert McClure of Whitburn, West Lothian, commenced in November 1942 and ran for 108 issues up to March 1948.  I have recently acquired all issues from No. 34 for 16th February 1944 up to No. 108 for March 1948 of...

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Summer acquisitions
I have acquired several unusual and interesting chess publications during my travels over the Summer and below are brief details of a selection of these, starting with some problem related items: Report on First Problem Solving Contest for Schools, by G.P.B...

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The Illustrated London Magazine
The illustrated London News is probably the most famous Victorian magazine to include a regular chess column, on account of Howard Staunton's stewardship from 1845 to 1874, followed by Robert Wormald (1874 to 1876), Patrick Duffy (1876 to 1888) etc.  Much l...

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19th century additions to Betts
There are 248 chess books recorded in Betts ' Bibliography published before 1900, excluding periodicals; but here are a few others that are not recorded by Betts. A Collection of Problems in Chess, by the most Eminent Composers; Exemplifying some of the gre...

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Solutions to the chess problems
Here are the solutions to the problems in last week's article on Chess in non-chess books :                                          © Michael Clapham 2017

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Chess in non-chess books
I referred recently to the number of books listed in Betts' Bibliography that had only partial chess content and below are two examples, with a further two books not recorded in Betts . Mental Prodigies; An Enquiry into the Faculties of Arithmetical, Chess ...

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Chess pictures
Collecting chess related pictures, illustrations and photographs goes hand-in-hand with chess book collecting, and here are four that I have bought this year. Photograph circa 1900. I do not recognise any of the twelve well dressed men in this photograph ta...
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