Tuesday 15 November 2022

Additions to Betts' Bibliography. Part 5

Modern Chess in Championship Play, by Frank J. Marshall, New York 1923. 72p.

A Review and Analysis of the Marshall-[Edward] Lasker Championship Match, and the Thirteen Games Played by Marshall at the Ninth American Chess Congress at Lake Hopatcong, N.Y., 1923. Also Chess Openings Condensed.

Most library catalogues list Edward Lasker as an additional author.

The match with Edward Lasker was played in 1923 at a number of venues including the Marshall Chess Club and University Club in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Washington, Long Island and finally back to the Marshall Chess Club. Marshall won with a score of 9½ - 8½. He also shared first place (with Abe Kupchik) in the ninth American Chess Congress at Lake Hopatcong in the same year.

Limited edition of 300 copies. A.J. Souweine states in his 1938 Catalogue, item 190, "we understand that no copies of this book were offered for sale, but were used as prizes for the victors pitted against Mr. Marshall in simultaneous play". However, Andy Soltis in Frank Marshall, United States Chess Champion, Jefferson 1994, says that copies were sold "for a hefty $5", on page 259. 

Di Felice erroneously lists this in his Chess Competitions, item 2535.4, under the [Emanuel] Lasker-Marshall World Championship match of 1907.

Availability: CPL, New York Public Library.

Collection of Owen and Kathy Hindle


Regarding the reference above to the 1907 World Championship chess match between Emanuel Lasker and Frank Marshall, it is surprising that there was no English language book published at the time on this event which was played in various cities in the United States. Perhaps there was insufficient interest after the American challenger lost the match 8-0 with 7 draws. However, Di Felice records one contemporary English Language item on this match as follows:

Lasker-Marshall Championship Match, New York 1907. 15 leaves.

The 15 leaves covered the 15 games with annotations by Emanuel Lasker, and were issued for private circulation only, by Special Mail Service.

Source: Chess Competitions 1824-1970 by Gino Di Felice, Olomouc 2013. No. 2535.3.

Availability: CPL, KB


200 Schakopgaver, by J. Scheel, Kristiania 1924. 174p. Frontispiece portrait.

Orthodox 2 and 3 move problems.

Pages 17 to 24 are in English, the rest of the text is in Norwegian.

Source: Dale Brandreth List PROB-3, August 1987 no. 54.

Availability: KB, CPL, Royal Danish Library.

Image courtesy of Calle Erlandsson


Movagram No. 1; Lasker vs Capablanca St. Petersburg Masters' Tournament 1914, published by The Victoria Company, Bloomington, Indiana 1924. 87p.

This book has a diagram for every move of the crucial 18th round game won by Lasker. Around half the moves have notes by Dr. Lasker.

See Chess Book Chats 19th April 2017 for further details of this work.

No availability found. 



A Catalogue of Rare and Valuable works relating to the History and Theory of the Game of Chess, being the greater portion of the famous Library formed by J.W. Rimington Wilson, etc., Bernard Quaritch, London 1929. 96p. LN 99.

This is perhaps the most important of the book dealer's catalogues of the 20th century for chess literature. 

The chess library of J.W. Rimington Wilson, who died in 1877, was thereafter maintained and added to by his son R.H. Rimington Wilson. After the latter's death, the library, which also included sporting and general books, was auctioned by Sotheby & Co. in London in February 1928. The 469 lots, consisting of around 2,300 books, realised approximately £10,000, although over half of this was for one item; a manuscript translation of Vida's Game of Chess said to be in the hand of Oliver Goldsmith*. 

The London book sellers Bernard Quaritch acquired the great majority of the lots at the Sotheby auction and subsequently offered the sporting and gaming books in their catalogue No. 415 issued in April 1928. The chess books were offered individually in their catalogue No. 428 issued in October 1929. A total of 1,657 items are listed, frequently with useful annotations.

Availability: Many libraries have a copy including KB, CPL, and London Library.



* For much more on the Rimington Wilson sale and the subsequent controversy surrounding the Oliver Goldsmith manuscript see the four articles in September 2012 and February 2013 on the Edmond Hoyle, Gent, blog by David Levy.


Opposition et Cases Conjugées sont réconcilées par... / Opposition und Schwesterfelder sind durch versöhnt... / Opposition and Sister Squares are reconciled by Duchamp et Halberstadt, by Marcel Duchamp and Vitaly Halberstadt, L'Echiquier, Paris & Brussels 1932. 112p. Errata sheet. LN 2273.

Some of the text is in German, English and French in parallel columns.

The book deals with pawn endgames with a mathematically precise basis.

Availability: KB, CPL, Bibliothèque Nationale de France. 



A Beginners Book of Chess, published by Wm. F. Drueke & Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan 1917. 32p. 

From the Foreword: "In placing this little volume before the public we hope to offer a Beginners Book of Chess that will in a clear and concise manner explain the elements of our Royal Game". 

The book covers the movement of the pieces, notation, technical terms, relative value of the pieces and laws. 

Availability: Many libraries have a copy including CPL, University of Liverpool. Digital editions available at  peterspioneers.com and hathitrust.org



Drueke's Chess Primer, published by Wm. F. Drueke & Sons, Inc. Grand Rapids, Michigan, c1932. 30p.

From the Foreword: "In compiling The Chess Primer we have endeavoured to produce a book that will be at once  be brief, readable and authoritative". Much of the content is similar to Drueke's A Beginners Book of Chess, with additional coverage of the openings, one illustrative game and one problem (composed by Wm. A. Shinkman).

Later editions were also published, and both A Beginners Book of Chess and Drueke's Chess Primer may have been issued to accompany the chess sets for which the Wm. F. Drueke company was famous for producing, including the unique octagonal sets illustrated in a 1940s edition of Drueke's Chess Primer below. 

Availability: CPL, KB 



The Chess-Problem Match, Denmark-Poland, 1933 (Mecz Kompozycji Szachowej Danja-Polska), edited by the Warsaw Problem Society, Warsaw 1935. 32p. LN 2769.

Text in English and Polish.

Availability: KB, CPL, Royal Danish Library.



The Chess Key; A Key to the Chess Openings, by Reuben Fine and Dr. Max Euwe, Amsterdam 1937. 

Chess volume 3, December 1937, page 145 describes this as "An amusing novelty. A rotating cardboard disc with 'windows' in which principal lines in 40 openings and variations are given, followed by a codified description of the resulting positions."

Cleveland Public Library states - 47 pages, illustrations, a chart with a revolving dial showing chess openings. "Designed by S. Landau and H. Wittkowski".

Source: University Place Book Shop Catalog No. XXII, circa 1939, item 260.

Availability: CPL. KB has Dutch and German editions of this item.


 © Michael Clapham 2022



Sunday 6 November 2022

Additions to Betts' Bibliography. Part 4

Some early 20th century additions.



BL    British Library, London 

CPL  Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio

KB  Koninklijke Biliotheek, Royal Library at The Hague

Chess Notes, by Edward Winter at  chesshistory.com



Kriegspiel: or The Chess War Game, by H. Caley, The British Chess Company, London c1900. 55p. Red paper covers.

No further information available.

Source: copy sold on eBay in 2011.

Availability: CPL but not KB or BL.

I only have a very poor scan of this book which shows that the design is similar to other books issued by The British Chess Company.


The Reverend Lewis Rou, pastor of the French Protestant Church, New York City, and the missing manuscript of his tract relating to chess (1734), entitled Critical Remarks upon the Letter to The Craftsman on the Game of Chess occasioned by his paper of the 15th of September 1733, and dated from Slaughter's Coffee-house, September 21, by Willard Fiske, The Landi Press, Florence January 1902. 14, [2]p.

Reprinted with slight changes from The Book of the First American Chess Congress, by Daniel Willard Fiske, New York 1859, pages 340-345. 

This tells the story of Lewis Rou's manuscript which has been missing since 1858, and which may be the earliest chess manuscript written in North America.

Source: University Place Book Shop List 103 c1957, no. 453. 

Availability: Many libraries including CPL, KB, Princeton University Library.


The Lost Manuscript of the Reverend Lewis Rou's Critical Remarks upon the Letter to The Craftsman on the Game of Chess; written in 1734 and dedicated to his excellency William Cosby Governor of New York, by Willard Fiske, The Landi Press Florence 1902. 18p. 

Reprinted with additions and comments from Notes and Queries, 19th July 1902.

Similar content to the item above, but rearranged and with more on the personalites involved in the story.

Source: University Place Book Shop List 103 c1957, no. 452.

Availability: Many libraries have a copy of this including CPL and KB. Digital edition at archive.org



Hints on Correspondence Chess Play, also, a History of the Association, its Objects etc., Pillsbury National Correspondence Chess Association, Chicago 1905. 11p.

This pamphlet starts with a three page History of the Pillsbury National Correspondence Chess Association which was founded in 1896. There follows two articles giving advice on correspondence chess play, the first by Rev. Leander Turney and the second by Walter Penn Shipley.

Availability: CPL only.



A Brief Review of the Chess Record of José Raúl Capablanca; and the Official Announcement of his Fourth American Tour 1911-1912, by Dana Welles, issued by Capablanca & Rosebault Chess Supplies and Literature, New York 1911. 

3 leaves.

Availability: KB, New York Public Library. Not in CPL.

See Chess Notes 3674 for further information on this rare pamphlet.


Chess Notes 3674



The Chess Bouquet and Small Heath Boulevard, by F.R. Gittins, 1911.

Running title: The Chess Bouquet Volume II.

Source: Phillips catalogue 26th March 1987; The Complete Chess Library of Michael MacDonald Ross, item 291. 

Availability: KB (specimen pages)

See separate article for comprehensive information on this publication.




Rubinstein's Games of Chess: A very incomplete collection of the match and tourney games of a great master, by John W. DeArman, Pasadena 1912. 272p.

Source: The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein; Volume 2: The Later Years, by John Donaldson and Nikolay Minev, Milford 2011. See Chess Notes 7572.

Availability: Los Angeles Public Library only.

The above source also mentions other books by DeArman: Games from the Nuremburg Chess Tournament 1906, Games from the Hamburg Chess Tourney 1910, Games from the San Sebastian Tourney 1911, The Kings of Chess; a list of tournament and match records of every master who has gained a prize in any international tournament. However, these are all unpublished typescripts.



Ten Years of Chess Federation. Being a Resumé of the Work of the British Chess Federation 1904-1913, British Chess Federation, Printed by Love & Malcomson, Redhill c1914. 23p.

This booklet includes information on the foundation of the Federation, details of the first ten British Chess Championships,  results of the English County Championships, Correspondence Tourneys and the first three Problem Tourneys. There are further articles on the Permanent Invested Fund, Life Members, The Blackburne Testimonial, The Spread of Organisation, Federation Chess Clock, International Chess and the World's Championship, General Finances etc.

Availability: CPL, Princeton University Library.



The Mysteries, Mysticisms and Moralities of Chess in their relation to the present time; done into verse and illustrated in an actual game, by John William Brown, Aberystwyth, 1912. 24p. 

"Dedicated to all of my chess-playing fellow-members of the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage." 

No further information acertained.

Source: University Place Book Shop List 103 c1957, no. 362.

Availability: BL, KB, National Library of Wales. 

                        Images supplied by National Library of Wales.


Chess: The Theory and Practice of the Game, published by Cassell & Company, London 1920. 69p.

Sources: E.G.R. Cordingley Chess Catalogue No. 4 February 1936, item 306, Worldcat.

No availability found. Worldcat, while recording this work, does not list any libraries with this item.


The Laws of the Game of Chess, revised and compiled by W. B. Tattersall, London c1920. 23p

The "Sports Trader" Series. Cover title: Chess Rules.

The date of this item is uncertain. KB has two editions; one dated ca1910 with 16 pages and another dated approx 1938 with 23 pages. Internet sellers give dates of 1920 and c1922.

The rules and laws of chess in force in Britain in the first years of the 20th century were those published by the British Chess Company until superceeded by a set of laws published by The British Chess Federation in 1911. However, the British Chess Company continued to revise and publish its own code until 1918. I do not know which set of laws Tattersall's compilation is based on.


 © Michael Clapham 2022