Sunday, September 30, 2012


There will be a time out for the listing of used chess books here in this Blog while I finish up List #5, which will be emailed to those who might be interested (I have been posting here and sending out privately).

One reason is that it will be juicier and longer. Blogposts generally have short attention spans. Read them once, then people head off to something else.

With a list they can be printed out and looked at offsite (the same can be done with a Blogpost but how many actually do that? My sources tell me, "almost no one.")

The NEW list, #5, has some terrific biographical books and tournament books on it... some of which I hadn't seen before myself. By terrific I don't mean just Hardcovers but books on players or chess noteworthies such as Gedeon Barcza. At the moment I am looking at the big two volume Olms set on Alekhine from Kotov, under one hardcover. And in German.

I think it was around 1990 I had something like 2,000 volumes in my own chess collection, in English and foreign languages. It was great (except for tripping over some titles at the foot of my bed). Due to my typesetting business closing around then (they were closing all over the USA and the world) I had to sell off a lot of good pieces back then, leaving perhaps 500 titles in my skeleton library.

The fact that over times I have sold MANY big chess libraries puts you in good hands for fair dealings and familiarities with what's out there (Plus I had bought many things myself). That plus irregular contact with other sellers and personal chess library enthusiasts is a good way of rounding it off. Everything is accurately described.

So, look for something in your email tonight or tomorrow. I am taking a hiatus from the ONE DAY ONLY concept though it will be back. This list will be a ONE WEEK ONLY in order to secure an extra discount.


Oh YES, one more thing (a la Steve Jobs)... I used to get packages all the time from Sweden, Germany, and Holland and what was in them was usually in a foreign language (exception: Uno Linde in Sweden!!) It is hard to describe the "rapture" of owning something historical, something novel, something cool. If you ever become a "collector" you will KNOW what I mean. Getting an elusive item can be intensely gratifying.

Last night it happened again. For 1-2 months I have been looking for something specific to put into the Goody Bags for my last event, and what I wanted at an affordable price, was nowhere to be found. Last night, as I just mentioned, I hit PAYDIRT--I found the original manufacturer and what is really weird? At 11 p.m. (my time) I had heard back from them and it sounds like there is a "done deal" involved here and I will be ordering on Monday with plenty of time before the Fall Chess Classic. IF it should happen to fill up at the last minute (weird things happen), NO extras of this nifty little item will be made available. Sorry. I knew I wanted it the first second I laid eyes on it 2 months ago in a Promo catalog (It's hard to find good stuff on chess).

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Thursday, September 27, 2012


These lists are picking up a little steam. Thanks.

There is other "news" to write about, but if a Blog can't be used to make sales to keep the overhead costs away (time expenditure and inventory) then it is primarily a vehicle for opinions which most people don't care about anyway. If there was only one way to "split" an atom the various factions out there would devise another "way" just to be different.

Do you like Wilhelm Steinitz? Let's start with him!

25. Modern Chess Instructor Part I. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1889, in hardcover. Sometimes owners, sellers, or people with extra time on their hands, will write inside the covers (usually, but not always, hardcovers, like this one). In this particular issue is written $3.00. Don't think you will get off that easy! I recall one time in my bookshop downtown when I had a dozen bookshelves loaded with "previously owned" chess books. The world's biggest cheapskate came in with a friend (who was actually a real customer) and found a book for $2.00. That's what was written on the inside. Anyone with more than a tenth of an ounce of brains could tell it was a true collectible. So I had to usher him outside, onto 4th street, where there was a stream of semis and car traffic. I admit, my concern was for the drivers and passengers of those vehicles but sometimes you have to so what you have to do. Wilhelm Steinitz, our first world chess champion, wrote and edited this book. This volume was on openings and much more readily accessible than his second Part. There is some fading on the edges of the cover and UR corner. The insides are marvelous. On the front inside cover is a pasted engraving of Steinitz probably put their by Lennox Beach (1897) by the owner (no doubt him.) In the back inside covers are some brilliancy game score of which only ONE includes a game of Steinitz'. There are some pages with only the faintest of browning at the edges (if any). The diagrams are clear and the copy is likewise. No one that I recall ever says anything about the notes contained in this book but some of them are expository and truly great such as: "This loses by an ingenious process..." This book is a serious primer of its day for double KP openings and its various defenses. Or, "This loses speedily. Their game was, however, very difficult, and, we beleive, could not be retrieved without some loss." Another, "Not good on general principles." (That last one fractures me.) 193 pages, hard cover. Some wear on the spine but otherwise fine (F). A value of about $200.00. You will probably be willing to part with $135.00 for thus gem. One day only. By the way, if you like TRAPS, check Steinitz' book out as he mentions these little jewels not too infrequently!

26. Have you ever heard of a dude named Paul Rudolf von Bilguer? I'm going to tell you what a young person can do if they aren't shiftless or texting (same thing) on their phone all the time. This German "kid" lived only 25 years and yet he produced  (with later help by Mieses and Schlechter) a huge book (published in 1922 by Walter de Gruyter & Co.) called the Handbuch des Schachspiels which would occasionally get updated. It was like the MCO (Modern Chess Openings) of its day. He lived from 1815-1850. By 1922 it was about 1,100 pages! It is a hardcover but has been rebound (nicely). Less than a dozen pages near the back have had their lower corners folded back about a half inch (not a big deal really). There are games, columns of lines, and many notes. There ARE games other than 1.e4 e5 in this tome such as 1.f4 by Lasker from 1889 (I think). I suspect that the "Bilguer" was responsible for the preservation of a number of games (German algebraic). The text is always excellent. At the front their is a picture of Bilguer and there is a tear next to it, it is NOT on the picture itself. Faint traces of signature cracking near the front (means the "paper" is torn and you can see the binding underneath. You have to look for it. There have been a number editions and even an Olms version. I have sold out of EVERY one I had (5 of them). Black binding on spine (binding tape). Worth about $160. I'll let you have it for $115 if you act today! #XM079097

27. Used sales can certainly fool me as I sit here, in rapture, thinking: "Well will I sell ANY of these today?" I think, "Probably not, some of these cost money. And then, I am proven wrong. I love it when that happens. One of these days I may be right, maybe it will be today. Oh, by the way, this ONE DAY ONLY sale is good this time through Saturday night singe it will be a weekend. Do you remember when Telly Savalas (Kojack) used to say, "Who loves ya baby?" Well, when you show no fear and purchase (invest!) in foreign titles like I and many others did, "I love ya baby!" 
Now we have at the Oldway Mansion in Paignton (I can't believe the size of these places) the County Borough of Torbay (17th Clare Benedict Tournament of 1970). This one is green plastic spiral (comb) bound. I think our UK cousins tried every kind of binding and printing process known to man in the 70s and 80s.Clare Benedict was an American authoress but with roots in Liverpool. She created the trophy and the interesting story about it is told in the front pages. W. Ritson Morry was the organizer and the engineer behind the bulletins with notes to some of the games (60 games plus some errata). At the end are 4 picture of the beautiful holiday resort at Torbay (cool seeing the marina and all the small boats plus girls with short skirts/dresses!--OK, don't get too excited it's not that big of a deal). Lots of popular player names such as Penrose, Hecht, Toran. Bouwmeester, Bhend, Hartston and even our old boy Keene! It was a 6-country event and this time first was tied by Spain, England (!), and W. Germany. The condition is quite nice. Worth about $20.0. One day only price, $10.00.

28. At the Ivanhoe Hotel, in London, 1979, was held the Lloyds Bank Masters which was organized by the London Chess Association. The bulletins were placed in a glossy printed folder with the only thing "chessy" on the cover was a horse, part of the Lloyds Bank logo I presume. This was quite an event for 1979 as most of the players in this "international" FIDE was from Wales, Ireland, England, and Scotland. There were other "foreigners" from the 94 participants but you will recognize many of the names of those who later became BIG UK players such as: M. Pein, Hebden, Povah, Basman, Taulbut, A. Martin, Jacobs, Davies, W. Watson, Crouch, J. Donaldson (USA), Plaskett and many more. Thee are 189 games and the most "Hilarious" award I have seen, The Bobby Fischer Memorial Prize for the Most Untranslatable Score! Further comment was: "Hot favorite from last year IGM Balinas was narrowly pipped at the post by this year's joint winner IM Cuartas of Colombia and A.P. Lewis. We are truly grateful to the organizers for not pairing thee two together, Each receives a year's free supply of blotting paper." Very clean pages, a little wear on cover of holder. #XM078920. These kinds of mimeographed bulletins tend to be scarce. Let's say $20.00. One day only, $10.00.

29. There are a few Spanish, Mexican and South American GMs but when it comes to selling Spanish language chessbooks, even in algebraic notation like this one, it's a tough ordeal. This one is El Gambito Leton (Latvian Gambit). The author was Ramon Crusi More. 82 pages. Copyrighted in 1978. Also includes 113 games. I want to give this away so even if somewhere in the civilized world this has a $9 value, for ONE day only, how about $3.00 ?

30. P. Cherta wrote a book in Spanish (Editorial Grijalbo) on the King's Indian Defense called Defensa India de Rey. It's in DN and is seriously packed into 231 pgs. Do you suppose the players in Spain have some different slants on the KID then regular users? Cherta wrote another book on the Sicilian but it was only 93 pages for the Paulsen. This was a 1962 edition published simultaneously in Mexico and Spain. A little wear on edges of spine and cover plus a tear around the store label inside the front cover. One day only for $5.00.

Only 6 items this time because it is so time consuming to do these items, esp. for the cheap ones. As I said, good through Saturday night. I may list some more items on Saturday. can't promise

Contact me at to reserve yours. Must be paid for within 7 days (or if I have your credit card info (or  you can use PayPal) we can take care of it immediately. Postage is a little extra. If it's a bigger item, say over $50 I have to insure it. You can call (make it brief please, as John H. said to me this afternoon, "Man, you are on fire!") It's true. 563-271-6657.

Not responsible to meet prices based on typographical errors. You see something cool? Don't put it off. You'll kick yourself.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


TOURNAMENT chess books are finally making a comeback. I don't know if that is true of the expensive ones but we will see with this list #3.

17. The primary annotating is Georg Marco, well known for annotating in his day. This time it is for 1905, shortly after the turn of the century (the 20th). But he had help. Mieses for one. But, who were the "guys" who were in this event? The most well-known in the various events were: Alapin, von Bardeleben, Bernstein, Amos Burn, Jaowski, John, Leonhardt, Maroczy, Marshall, Mieses, Schlechter, Chigorin, Wolf, Fahrni and tons more you would hear from later such as Nimzovich, Caro, Spielmann, Przepiorka (and many more). This books is scarce as "frog hair." What's more is that it is in very nice condition in its 628 pages. One piece of paper tape at the back of the book. Sewn in signatures. Monster index. 500 annotated games. There are PHOTOS of players we have heard of but NEVER seen a picture of (such as Fahrni or Gottschall). Very clever chess diagrams, more regal than most with a kind of Frenchie flair. The famous Kieseritzky (King's Gambit) loses his KG against Bleykmans. The pages are almost new (!) There are "problems" too, you know, stuff like Mate in 3. There are 60 pages of introductory material (big in those days) because there was a lot of "thanks" to those who put up the bucks for such events. The Big Boy sponsoring this one ("protector") was Prince Dadian von Mingrelien. There is a tear on page 17 around the photo of Fritz (the old Fritz) because the binding there was a touch tight. Inside there is  a neat elliptical photo plate of Schallop, W. Paulsen, Adolf Anderssen, R. Hein, Minckwitz, AND, Zukertort at one of the worst looking chess tables and chairs in the history of chess tables and chairs. The thick dark brown binding of Der Internationale Schach-Kongress des Barmer Schach-Vereins is worth about $400.00. Perhaps you might be interested in picking up this unbelievable gem, once owned by Dale Brandreth, for a one-day only deal of $250.00.

18. That was a long description wasn't it? You will seldom see complete descriptions like this, anywhere. Just do me one favor, order this in the time slot and not later, OK? The whole purpose of this insanity is to get action now, not next week after I have already put the unsold items back into their boxes Thanks. This next one is another tournament book, 1957 Gotha. It's another international chess event with the typeset bulletins bound inside hardcovers (with some browning on the edges). There are some hot names in this one: Pachman, Uhlmann, Milic, Filip, Robatsch, Silwa, Bilke, Vasiukov, and Bronstein among others. If your guess as to who won was Bronstein then you may not need this book, but collectors would surely love it. But Pachman was no putz either as he finished a half-point behind. Nicely rendered Knight on the tan cover with red taped bindings (part of the cover). Very nice condition. Worth about $25-30. One day only price of $18.00. Naturally, just one.

19. What do people really want when they are buying older stuff? Answer, no one knows. Inexpensive would be one answer, just to have some cool older stuff that didn't cost so much. I have that. If you want something that will appreciate a heckuva lot more than that .5% CD you have, I recommend books or gold. But they have to be good books. The Barmer book is an example because it is in exceptionally fine shape. Then there is the buyer who is just looking for something good, easy to use, great condition, and not the crappy edition that was put out by RHM Press. I have that, Paul Keres' Praktische Endspiele. Gorgeous red cloth cover, almost perfect, with gilt lettering on the cover. The German words mean "Practical Endgames." A cheap German-English dictionary will get you over any bumps although if you are a decent player you will be able to figure most of them out. And here's the cherry on top of the banana split, it's in algebraic notation! When the English edition was out, I sold all the new ones and used ones I could lay my hands on. Today one in great condition would go for at least $40, but you can get this German job, one day only, for $25.00. I know this will sell,maybe two weeks from now, but I will have it listed at $40.00 then.

20. Are you one of those opening geekazoids who believe that only current opening theory which is any good is what is being pumped out right now? Funny, guys like Fischer never felt that way. In fact the books today are sanitized by computer engines and sometimes a little weak on the ideas part! Clean and often boring and not the information you are looking for. Probably the country responsible for the best chess books ever was not the Soviet Union (cheap and limited to internal information for too many years) but Germany! Even if the author was not German often the books were published in German! And then there was a case of STYLE. If the author was a strong player he often had a style. Such was a guy like GM Ludek Pachman, Czechoslovak. A while back (1956) a place called Artia published 4 volumes of opening theory which comprised a huge boatload of pages. In fact volume 1 (open and semi open games) was 520 pages back then. This hardbound has a tan cloth cover, a printed red rook on the spine. Included is a nice cloth ribbon (that was great style in the older days).  Corners slightly worn or lightly banged. The packed content inside is in wonderful shape. The thing that was so impressive about Pachman and his theory of the openings book is how ACCURATE his comments and evaluations were, for decades, top drawer. Again the German is not a big problem (unless you make it one--if you are strong enough to use this book you can figure out the German). Super clear type and diagrams. It is Moderne Schachtheorie, the title. I am sure I have the other volumes, in the rest of these books, but for now, this is it. A $35 value (and believe it, I sold many of these German ones in times past). One day only, $20.00. No, at this time I won't look up the other volumes until I run across them. The more books I sell the easier that job will be.

But I have a BONUS IDEA. Total all your purchases by the end of 2012 and the person with the highest total will be able to take a 20% DISCOUNT off of ANY unsold items I have listed at the one-day price. Over time I will have some amazing listings, hopefully 3 times a week. Eventually I will run out of time to do these things so MAKE your opportunity NOW. Keep track of your invoices because I won't be doing that for you.

Here's a couple more items before I hit the sack and by the way you must order any of these one day only items by midnight of tomorrow Sept. 26th.

21. Today a buyer reminded me of how great the book TPi published called The Risk Strategy of Leonid Stein. It was. I haven't had any in years but I do have the original Russian in the "Black" series, but Gufeld and Lazarev. It was published in 1980. It's hard to find complete sets of this Black series but this was one of the integral books. Maybe Keene meant well when he did his book on Stein but he included games by someone else so my guess is his research was rather suspect. This books is worth $25-30. The dustjacket is slightly used. I'll let this one go, One Day Only, for $15.00. Don't let this one out of your sight. 61 annotated games by the Master of Disaster (for the other guy).

22. Torquay 1982. This was a British Chess Federation event put together by the Grievson Grant. The games bulletin was put together by that great British author P.C. Griffiths. What is amazing is the high quality of these mimeographed pages. There are 307 unannotated games. Darn near everybody played in this: Levitt, Miles, A. martin, Bellin, Clarke, Kosten, Povah, Hodgson, McNab, Littlewood, Wells, Speelman and the list goes on. How often do you see A. Martin in Bulletins (and in this one he drew with Hodgson) excellent condition? This is worth $15 or more and I have one for $9.00.

23. How would you like a book which came from the chess library of Hans Berliner? It's in 2-color and in 3-D pictures. The photography is excellent. The covers show that the book was used sometimes. The arrows and diagrams are totally useful. At last one of the few books which a person new to chess could actually learn from! It has an non-ostentatious title: The Easiest Way to Learn Chess. Can you imagine the world's postal chess champ using this book for probably a grandkid or maybe one of his own? This book was published by Simon & Schuster in 1960 and you won't guess the name of the author! Fred Reinfeld. Don't be surprised, old Freddy knew more about chessbook salesman ship than many of the editors and marketing gurus out there today. Fred sold multi-zillions of books and not just on chess. The pictured pieces are from the famous Craftsman set! And here is the biggie that Bobby Fischer also used--NO chess notation! There's a crease on the back cover and a couple other pages. In excellent condition this would sell for $20.00. For one day only, I will sell this for TEN BUCKS.

24. This next one is a REAL collectible for ONE particular reason: for many of us, including myself, this was one of the first books I ever owned--and one of the first books I actually got into! It's another Fred Reinfeld book (NOT Renfield)! It is a Barnes & Noble book ad was published in 1955 by Sterling (who is still around). This book was $1.25 back then! Believe it or not it's about a $10 book (the hardcover is about 3 times that). But, today only, $5.00. It was 1001 Ways to Checkmate.

Okay, that's it for now. Hope you find something cool to get. EIGHT items.

Contact me at to reserve yours. Must be paid for within 7 days (or if I have your credit card info (or  you can use PayPal) we can take care of it immediately. Postage is a little extra. If it's a bigger item, say over $50 I have to insure it. You can call (make it brief please, as John H. said to me this afternoon, "Man, you are on fire!") It's true. 563-271-6657.

Not responsible to meet prices based on typographical errors. You see something cool? Don't put it off. You'll kick yourself.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


The bargain buyers and "previously owned" buyers are still out there! Something more for Antiquarians today!

By the way, see if this video from Rob works for the Chess Gangs of New York. It's kind of fun. Morphing software. Just press on the triangle in the lower left corner.

Half the books listed Thursday in this Blog were sold.

33%, so far, have been sold from my Latest Newsletter, Bob Long's Chess Letter #166.

To continue what I said I would do, I will list more today, up to 12, time depending. I listed 6 previously, but MY goal was to sell all 6 items, so maybe listing 12 will sell 6.

Mark C. wrote to say he sees these blog listings as a great idea when he said: "This is fantastic!" I hope so because each one will be different in spades as I try to engineer it toward what people say they want.

Of course the big price reduction is an attraction and that's why they have to be grabbed in ONE day, two at the most (such as weekends). The Endgame book by Averbakh (in German) could have been sold more than once.

Finally, I see interest in foreign language books returning.

Bob Rasmussen commented on a whole bunch of books in #166 as there are always more stories than I have room for. Buyers always get my attention first.

So let's go:

7. Common Sense in Chess (Russian) Lasker, Em/Russian/©1925/pgs: 175/h/A. I do not have the first English edition, I have the much scarcer RUSSIAN edition! This was from a series of lectures Lasker gave in the 1890s. After being at St. Petersburg in 1896 he did spend time in the Soviet Union as a mathematician in the 1930s after he left Germany. He was very welcomed there. Very scarce. Card covers (worn on the corners), cloth on the spine. Pages intact, some pen notes and rubber stamp markings. A few leaf stains on some pages. The diagrams, in general, are in excellent shape. The book has some age, AND excellent compositions. G-F/Science and School / Leningrad. XM088205. While this item is worth about $100 today, I will let it go for $60. One day only. This is a little jewel.

8. In the times when bulletins of tournaments were coming out, either mimeographed or off a "blue ink" duplicating machine, few people would take the trouble to have them bound into hard boards with a strong tape for the spine AND Gold Lettering on the spine! But for the Madrid 1960 tournament one collector DID do this (and I have a few others). Was there anyone of importance in this  event (a ZONAL event)? Not really, just weakies such as Portisch, Penrose, Gligorich, Pachman, Pomar, Donner, O'Kelly and 9 others. Brief one page intro in Spanish. 37 more pages. What makes bulletins in "ditto" so expensive (after a while) is that they didn't do a very good job of printing very many extra copies, strictly for short runs (50-100). In fact, in this bound book the last 3 pages were mimeographed. If you want to know the Spanish word for "resigns," it is ABANDONAN. For "give up" it is RINDE. You can see how tough this is to figure out. "Adjourn" (yeah they did that in those days) is APLAZADA. TABLAS is the word for drawn. Often a weakness of such bulletins was that after the last one was finished, there may or may not be a summary of winners and results. This one did not have that (in effect, you will have to create your own). Very nice condition. Worth about $20 on a list. I will sell one copy for $10.00.

9. The world renown expert on the Two Knights Defense was Jacov Estrin, a former world correspondence champion. In fact he was a sort of genius about all open games of this type. In 1973 the German publisher RAU released a second edition titled Theorie und Praxis des Zweispringer-Spiels totaling 104 pages. The novelty is that I knew the owner of this collection and he knew Estrin so he autograph (the usual Estrin scrawl) on the title page. This is a very fine edition and as I said, when it came to knowing the "tricks" of the Two Knights, no one knew them better than Estrin (who accused Keres or his editor of stealing stuff for his (Keres) "bis" series on the Open Game). About a $15 value, I'll let it go for $8.00.

10. Many years ago I published a book written by Kons Grivainis on the Latvian Gambit. There was a ton of games in it. In 1992 L.C.M. Diepstraten wrote one called Lettisch Gambiet, naturally,  you might think this was in Latvian but it is Dutch (about two pages) as all the rest is in German/"Dutch" algebraic (which you can pick up in less than a minute). I will admit when proofreading I found this subject fascinating as no sooner would one side win, then the next game would fix the "mistake" and win for its side! The Latvians and Latvian players are fanatical about this opening. 324 pages of content and main lines, not too many diagrams. A boatload of variations for every connoisseur. About a $30 item, my price is $18.00.

11. Another "forgotten" tournament book. Years ago Bill Martz the IM from Wisconsin, died and his wife Norma was selling off his collection. I got his tournament books, about 700, and much of this data still isn't in ChessBase because it is so time consuming to enter. But this is from a different collection (i.e., not Bill's but BDG's). It too, Beverwijk 1961, is hardbound with gold on the spine and tiny, tiny tatters on the corners of the cover, almost unnoticeable. It's in Dutch and was for the 23rd Hoogoven Schaaktournooi in 1961. Instead of ditto it is mimeorgraphed. There are 86 pages, both sides (difficult to do on ditto and NOT a good idea). There are some other events listed in the back but the primary one is where the GMs Larsen and Ivkov shared first place. Donner finished near the bottom, but there were some other noteworthies such as Uhlmann and Olafsson. In a difference from some bulletins, there are some annotated games! Larsen lays his "other" opening, 1.g3, against E. Grunfeld. All pages are readable though some more than others. Again about a $30 item, but I will release it for $18.00. It is a steal.

12. There are chess magazine collectors out there in force but not so many in the USA. But some time back I discovered something very important about chess publications from foreign lands. There was some of it in the USA but not as much as you would think and the seminal idea was "systems" that certain players played like they were going to Las Vegas. You can find these in the books and foreign magazines which the real collectors buy. For example, a fabulous chess publication in German came from East Germany and it was called Schach Magazin 1949. As you might expect tidy, well designed, and full of more information than you could handle! This particular issue was on paper browning on the edges and with a ochre-colored cover but printed in Vienna! Although the binding is fine, there is a cracking up front where the magazines meet the first few bound pages, nothing else hurting the book. Almost 400 pages. I sold one with no condition problems for $30, so I will let this one go for $15, but you should get it because it is otherwise quite excellent. Some of the covers are included. This is also the introduction of Efim Geller to chess on the big scene. $15.00. A bargain and a half.

13. Now for something amazing. Whenever you see the word "Lehrbook" it is German for Textbook or Manual. So you can probably figure that in Swedish the title Emanuel Lasker Leerboek voor het Schaakspel is not another ABBA song but in English it is Emanuel Lasker's Manual of Chess. It is the 1927 edition (Rotterdam) and quite an excellent looking book, much better than the scrabbly English one by McKay set in Fred Flintstone type. It is 311 pages and wider than what we used to seeing. It is a blue cloth cover with very slight use along the spine and a little beating on the cover corner edges. There is a very nice bookplate (chess) on the inside front cover from the famous Dr. P. Feenstra-Kuper collection. Sewn in binding for the signatures. F-VF condition. #XM088220. Worth about a hundred bucks these days but if you waste no time, one day sale price, $65.00.

And now to finish things off today, the TRICKY "simpler" stuff. By that I mean, lesser expensive and also harder to find when looking for specific pieces.

14. Joseph Mickel is a name almost no one knows including collectors but it is these types of books which can be a real drain to find, especially if one's collection is thematically organized (or, disorganized). In 1970 Joe put out a cheap ($1) book called Chess The Simple Approach. There were diagrams, some from Mickel's own games. Joe apparently wasn't worried about how readable these diagrams were because even the NSA codebreakers might have had bad dreams! Yet the "little" combinations, when deciphered had a little of their own interest. JM was primarily "interest" in making sure NO ONE would steal his crown jewels because, he "copyrighted" this 19 page book with 54 problems in it. Let's say, $5.00 for a book that any amateur might have made, trying to get it into the famous J.G. White Collection (which probably has one!)

15. Next up-to-bat is a small collection of three books in Cyrillic (Russian to most of you). They are from the Library of Chess. First is Lyangov's work on the Smyslov Ruy Lopez (1976). Then Neukirch's Four Pawns Attack in the King's Indian (1974) and lastly Popov's Rubinstein variation of the Nimzo-Indian (1976). All published in Sofia, Bulgaria. Now there are several ways of collecting something like this (and other listings to come down the road): 1) Studying openings and their evolutionary trail; 2) figuring out what "esteem" publishers in foreign countries had for such bits of research (total is 146 pages, some browning on edges of pages); 3) zeroing in on the fact that most of the games and analysis is done on top player games (Geller, etc.) but it's the nooks and crannies where independent thinking will show you pieces of killer stuff not found in something you might consider more profound, even though these analysts are by no means unknown; and 4) The seriousness with which these particular openings were studied by the countries which used to pound the butt of Western players as if they were a rented mule! Worth about $15 for the three. One day sale price, $10.00.

16. While Bob Wade was famous as a player, being from Australia originally, and his huge library, he also did a little writing from time to time to pay for petrol and probably to buy more books. In Playing Chess (based on the ATV series "Checkmate") Wade has put together a truly FUN and portable book with requests (he disliked the club sets we all have used because the shininess was too hard on the eyes--he requested softer shades--and about the time he died, they now pretty much are!), novel art, photos, info on the Staunton Jaques sets (and Nathaniel Cook) and a host of other delectable bits in this different format (wide) type of book along with some great advice, dos and don'ts (which are still being ignored today!), lots of diagrams, and on the back cover it says he "helped Bobby Fischer prepare for his World Championship victory." Most likely through either book loans or research done at Fischer's request, on Spassky. Almost 100 pages, published in the chess book wave after Fischer's win. A little used (but not much). Should be about $12.00 although it's intrinsic value is much higher. Let's say, one time only $7.00.

Shipping and handling depends on where I am shipping it. If you ask me to reserve I will, for one week unless you are a known trouble-maker (trouble-makers hardly ever know they are) who reserves and never pays.

You have until tomorrow, Sunday at midnight, to get any of these titles. I wish you good fortune and YES, you can order all 12 if you want because it is strictly, First Come, First Served. Someone wrote and said they loved all these more in depth descriptions. Extremely time consuming but as I said, somewhere, I need the space, have boxes piled up which I will try to dole out over a period of time with no promises to be regular as other things have to be done too.

What was available Thursday has been put back into the box.


Thursday, September 20, 2012


(Look further down for additional postings)
Something NEW which will cause me to post at least 3 times per week.

I have, literally, over a dozen boxes of books and magazines on chess for sale which haven't seen the light of day by me for years. From a wide variety of collections. They are taking up so much of the laundry room that it is almost impossible to find the washer and dryer.

Hence, several times per week I will be listing up to 6 items of interest. Some will be in English some will not. As I know from past outings of doing this, it isn't easy to figure out what people want except, "I'll know it when I see it."

With that Parameter (?) I will begin listing items later this afternoon, on THIS particular blog.

Virtually everything is ONE only and at the stated price of ONE DAY ONLY (I will stretch this to include Friday because I am JUST now announcing this. And I will be making a separate mailing to those on my "used" lists telling them to check this blog.)

I had thought about sending emails out but this is a little less intrusive and less cumbersome. The PRICE of each item is good for one day only. Everything will be priced to move, if it is not sold, it goes back to my regular price.

Just to start off I have a hardbound edition of:

1. My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer. It's a 1969 third printing. Small mark on back cover. Previously owned. Binding is tight, book has no interior markings. I remember selling paperback editions of this book for nearly $100. If you go to Amazon you will see idiots trying to sell a "collectible" edition for up to $500 (delusional). When you see a copy for $25 and described as USED you can be pretty well be sure it IS used. Some people just run over their books with a truck while "studying" from them. This book is in excellent condition and while as such it might (?) bring $75 after you have inspected it... I have one only at $49.00. Add $7 for postage and insurance.


2. Dreihundert Schachpartien by S. Tarrasch. Hardcover. (loose spine). Book should be rebound but the book boards are here. This masterpiece (some think this was one of the best annotated books ever) was published in 1925 from Gouda - G.B. Van Goor Zonen. It is 538 pages of intensity, philosophy, 300 games, and most likely the way chess was meant to be whether it was pawn chains or any other kinds of structures. I don't know how Tarrasch had the time to put this together. The interior is fine but for some reason known only to the previous owners, the covers are off. This is about a $60 book when in good condition. I am willing to drop the price through the floor if you pay for a nice binding job (and you would really love it as you could approve of the texture, color, etc.). $19.00! STEAL CITY BLUES.

3. We've all heard that Bogojubow was a pushover for Alekhine but the fact is, he did beat Alekhine several times (whereas others did not). "Bogo" also beat other plays too and was famous as an author for "1.d4." The well known and somewhat prolific Spanish author Julio Ganzo wrote a brief biography with 30 annotated games (in Spanish Descriptive) and the rest of the book about Bogoljubow's openings. 120 pgs., pub. in 1974. VF condition. Worth about $20. Special one time sale price, insanity! $10.00.

4. There was a time when collecting Olympiad Bulletins was all the rage and I was among them! Naturally some are scarcer than others. One such is XIX Siegen Chess Olympiad (1970). Photoduplicated, all the games, by everybody (Spassky and Fischer scoresheet is presented on the cover). Taped. spine--loose in one small part at base.  All crosstables too. Algebraic, not necessary to know German. Worth about $50 now. Today only $25.00.

5. If you've been around the subject of the endgame for ANY length of time you have heard of Yuri Averbakh. This guy was the Karsten Mueller of yesteryear. He wrote a book in German called Lehrbuch der Endspiele (The Endgame Manual). Of course it's ALL here in 447 pages, one volume, and not drawn out into 90 books like in later years. There are "live" examples and studies. Browning on the edge of the pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. A couple small tears at or near the spine of the dustjacket. The famous "bis" diagrams. A nice and tidy package. It was the Soviet Union's answer to Fine's Basic Chess endings. A $15.00 book, genuine value, for only $8.00!

6. Lastly, No. 72 in what has now become scarce in Tony Gillam's "Chess Player" series, an openings survey by William Hartston for the Centenary Tournament of Bamberg (Germany) 1968. 38 pages of mostly unannotated games with such chess luminaries as Keres and Petrosian. Neither Keres nor Petrosian lost a game but Keres finished first while Lothar Schmid (Germany) finished 2nd. An $18 book for only $9.00.

Postage is extra, but first drop me a line below telling me what you want and your address and then I can tell you what the postage is, how to pay, all that usual stuff if you don't know me. If your credit card is on file I can just charge everything to that and send it to you--no fuss, no muss.

Remember, I will be doing this ABOUT every other day. It will pay to check in. It will keep ME out of trouble and show you that things besides openings books exist. I had a conversation about the subject of an OPEN MIND today and I had to tell her this was not a common phenomenon among chess players who play the same thing year in and year out, and their rating plateaus or falls, seldom rising (unless you are a kid).

In a private conversation with myself I noted into my tape recorder that we have INFINITE CHOICES and yet so many of us limit ourselves to mediocrity.

Contact me at:

PS: In most cases I won't be showing a picture of the item because it is time-consuming to stop everything, scan, then go into Photoshop. That's WHY most used lists (except mine!) don't have scans of book covers.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Everyone has ideas of some kind and varying value.

When I come upon a good one, which amazingly is more frequent than I have time to handle, I disappear from this Blogpost for a bit. And then, time flies, and fruit flies.

For the past couple days I have let an idea simmer.

Yesterday I contacted a Grandmaster, the one who is coming to our October 26-28 Fall Chess Classic via televideo from ChessBase in Hamburg, Karsten Mueller.

I heard from him this morning.

He liked them (two ideas) and made a suggestion!

I liked his suggestion and made another!

Cooking With Gas
We're cooking. I'll tell you more about it in October because it is the FAIREST to those who paid good money to show, and at the end of this month it will be $300 for this event.

Everything costs money including this idea but it is a GOOD idea. A very good idea and a method for studying the endgame that NO ONE has ever thought of before.... as in EVER.

I dropped a line to a manufacturer yesterday with amendments today. I am excited. Maybe I will even be able to have a demo at the Classic. We'll see. It will require a few extra elements.

My ideas (not all chess) don't drip in, they cascade. The part that is unbelievable is that:
1) They are all noteworthy and not addle-brained.
2) There are too many to pursue at once. Somtimes I choose the wrong one to start!
3) They each will help chess people out THERE!
4) Some of them are quite inexpensive but implementing them puts one into the poorhouse so there must be at least ONE other to keep the bank account happy enough to pay bills.

The Other Idea
I already know what it is and how I want to do it. It involves many people, lots of tap-dancing (juggling) and work that would make John Henry sit down and bawl his eyes out!

It's one of those $64K ideas. Because I am a one man shop I have to contract out some work and get cooperation and financing from some others.

At this very moment I have a friend, a very good and lasting friend, who is helping me with the Portisch project ($$$ wise). Contracts have been written, some additions are present. Money has been proposed--I am looking for spare time to concentrate. Sometimes you will find me at a Barnes & Noble with a red pen in hand, concentrating my ass off, with an absent-minded cup of hot chocolate!

But the OTHER Idea is a fantastic one and I have only told it to one other person. Ah yes, we like it.

Do you want to get in on good ideas? Know more? Drop me a line and maybe something can be done. We always say, "Only serious inquiries desired" because us deal-makers are stupid enough to believe that only serious-minded people will contact us and we really should know better by now. Do you and I have a history? If so, contact me. How does that sound? Better?

PS. In case you haven't figured it out in the past year, Thinkers' Press inc. is making a lot of For Sale chess products because everyone else sells the standard fare. As I knew when TPi was on every big bookshelf in the country (the 90s), people want better. Today I am putting out a 10-12 page catalog which really IS better. If you are on my lists, you should get one, if not... request. All I ask is that you know what a PDF is and know how to print them out.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


What I am referring to is the recent Gossip & Pillsbury book MODERN CHESS BRILLIANCIES (HUSTLED). Now $59.95 + $8 for priority shipping (USA). At the post office I discovered I was losing a buck on each one I mailed! So I boosted it not even figuring another $1 for the packaging materials. It's a deal.

Want one? contact

For those who collect Thinkers' Press books it is doubtful this will be reprinted. I've moved on to the next PAID project. It's been announced for a year.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Every year, I believe, Thinkers' Press has some kind of event. Sometimes two in one year.

A Chess Festival
A Chess Clinic
A Chess Soiree
A Chess Classic
A Chess Steak Fry or Wine and Cheese

The whole idea is to have some chess fun--chess and entertainment.

All events are announced from 3 months to a year in advance.

Everything is known, can be marked on a calendar and worked around.

But that makes little difference.

What Makes an Event Successful is NUMBERS!
Let me explain.

I have noticed, or calculated ("measured" in marketing terms) that one of ten "active" people will show up for an event. It doesn't matter much, how much it is promoted. I think THREE times, maybe FOUR and that's pretty much ALL who will make it.

I know an opportunity company who has about 12,000 active members and when they put on an event that costs about $1,800 each approximately 1,200 will pay to come. They may have 150,000 on their "rolls" of current and past or inactive members who they contact once in a while.

Indeed to many that will sound like a lot of $$$ but it isn't because they may have 10 celebrities at the event. In the past just ONE might cost $25,000 to show--nowadays it is probably twice that. Then there are lesser celebs. What people hope for from a "lesser celeb" (or even a major one) is some TIDBIT that might make ALL the difference in the world in their business. When some "smart guy/gal" collects 4 or 5 of these creatures it can be a huge difference in payday.

They announce the venue in advance such as the Grand Ole Opry which seats a fixed number of people and they play to that. They will sell tickets up to that capacity. A place like the Opry probably will cost $50,000 a day.

Then there is air fare (usually first class), lodging and accommodations, cab or limo costs. Even the celebs will often have something to sell to help make up for THEIR time lost (i.e., they could be doing something more profitable).

A few other metrics such as stature of celebrity. If I had Garry Kasparov more people would want to come but that doesn't mean they would be willing to pay a LOT more. In the "opportunity" (money making) field, more people will pay much more for a chance to become one of the 1%-ers. One-percenters get asked to do more but it also makes it "easier" for them to ONLY do the events they want to do and be able to afford them.

On the other hand, if I had a "mystery guest" who promised to expose chess cheats at the top level in the last 5-7 years of chess, I would probably get more attendees than having a world champion or a former world champion. If the Mystery Guest WAS a world champion, the attraction would be BIG!

I can usually tell about how many will show up. Sometimes MORE will show if it is announced, like Frank Sinatra or others, as their... FINAL ROAD TRIP. Or maybe Criss Angel (the magician) will be there and set some famous master on fire and bring him back to life although this would more than likely get more magic and celeb enthusiasts than chess people to show. For chess to be exceptional as a draw it is necessary to be really outrageous or offer something that seems impossible. For example: In CHAPTER ONE of my new Secrets book which will go on sale at the Fall Chess Classic 2012, the Long-Karbo method for achieving your wildest dreams will be outlined with additional information on where you can get more to fill in the blanks. It will pertain to $$$, rating, abilities, and almost anything else because I can tell you one thing without revealing it all, lots of our issues develop in our subconscious mind when we were little and we have never snapped out of it. Karbo figured out HOW for the general population and I adapted some of his processes for chess (he does mention skills at "games.")

But you know...
Some won't believe it. I passed on the info to a very insightful and wise woman I know and asked her what she thought and she said, "Absolutely true." I have about 120 reasonably active people who I hear from at least once a year. 10% of that is 12. I have 11 people signed up for the Fall Chess Classic. Anything over 12 will be a pleasant surprise.

This Weekend I am having a Chess Steak Fry
So far one person has signed up. It was on the Calendar for a whole year. The month was moved from August to September. Wears me out doing these things. This will probably be my last one. Let me know if you are interested. $30. 563-271-6657 or

Once a thing becomes "measurable" then disappointment is easier to take. Once something surpasses expectations (such as meeting the "hottest" woman in the world) then life is wonderful isn't it? One thing I do know, and have experienced: Those who can't crap or get off the pot, due to their indecisive nature, usually have problems with everything else and regrets too. They say "No" to pretty much everything rather than have to make a decision to give a thumbs up. Or, worse, ask their wife to make a decision for them. What a shame.

Friday, September 7, 2012


I asked that Bill's artwork for Vol. 2 of the Merlin Trilogy to have a few minor changes made.

Next morning, there it was.

Over the years Thinkers' Press keeps getting kudos for its publishing work. I like that. I really DO want the best for the buyer.

Sameness, irritating cheapness, has always bothered me because it means: "I really don't care about my customers and the value they get, I just hope they buy and don't notice."

I am not talking about mastheads, logos or advertising, but cover design. Chess has some of the most BORING that has ever existed... You can call OLD cover design (of books for example) boring but, it was not. Designers thought. Craftsmen were at work. Today photography takes over and if the photo is bad, can't be adequately retouched, adjusted, or cropped, one just has a mess if the person wielding the power has no sense of design.

Since the next issue of the CRITICAL SECRETS book is about PLANNING, we put a Merlin in the guise of a map of planning with a Bishop in his hand, to fight for the position of truth.

Here's what Bill (who has done dozens or hundreds of Shakespeare posters) came up with. The book still needs some proofing and rewrites but, it's coming.

PS: By the way, I have #11 of Modern Chess Brilliancies (Hustled) still available. I learn SOME lessons the hard way. In the future I will ask for deposits for ordered books to those who are not "regulars" but who act like they are. $54.95 (through tomorrow night) + $7 Priority shipping in a bag and a box (USA). Believe it or not, I lose money on the packaging and shipping (and USPS is less expensive than UPS), but, there you have it... my gift to you. I think you will enjoy it. I still find myself reading some of the notes.

PPS: Here is what Rick Rector said about the MCBH book:
"Got the Pillsbury book yesterday. Looks as good as I knew it would."

Thursday, September 6, 2012


The Gossip & Pillsbury book has been printed and released to almost everyone as of today. 22 of them. If you still want to get in on this 100 page hardcover at $54.95 + $7 priority shipping (USA) contact me by Saturday night, please. On Sunday the price goes up.


Next item of business.

True to his word Bill Hannan, artistic whiz kid I have known for years (since I was in college when he was barely older than me--now he is a LOT older than me!!!), has delivered on Sept. 1, like he said he would, the next installment of the artwork for SECRETS TRILOGY about PLANNING, #2.

I have been working hard on this 220 page book in the past week... unfortunately neglecting other things. But I will make MY deadline for the Fall Chess Clinic where, if you are there, you can purchase this "whale" for $40.00, in person. "Maybe" Bill will be there to autograph it although he told me hes having some cataract surgery.

Yes, book #1 was amazing. I think I am out of copies, but will probably print up some more so I can sell them to energetic people. Probably you, right? Don't have one? GM Yermolinsky reviewed it and loved it!

There will be a special SALE price (for #2) and a brochure which goes out to "everyone." There are tons of TIPS and SECRETS in this fatter volume and... at the same price as volume 1. Volume 3 is already in my head and will contain no duplication and no HINT now of what it will be when it comes out in 2014. All I can tell you is that it will be truly AMAZING and have some co-authors whose names you won't guess. And the price will be higher than Vols. 1 and 2 put together and there will be no event, that I am aware of, where I will debut it. I might even use a fulfillment distributor as getting these books out took almost 3 days because each one was double-packaged to insure it arrives shipshape to you.

Thinking about what will be in it makes me froth at the mouth! I won't put #3 on advance sale yet because I do want to see what is in the pudding. In #2 I already know as I have 40 pages to go (180 done) and I know what will be going into the remaining ones.

So watch for an email brochure.

someone asked me to remove them from my email list today. This guy has been on this list for 2-3 years and he is just getting around to this! Every non-buyer I lose is a joy of celebration. SECRET: Except for one, everyone who has asked me to remove their email address (which I do, promptly) HAS NEVER bought a thing from TPi or the other companies who I sell for. WHAT on God's green earth did they do to get on this list in the first place (some of them asked to be!!! many years ago). Will betcha they don't get anything from anyone else either including the big A. Droll trolls.

The good thing is that I hold no grudges and do not make any effort to remember them. No secret list, nada. When I was younger, say 20 years ago, I would look forward to meeting people like this, OTB (over the board). It made me feel like I was going to be working for ORKIN!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Hi There!

My email connection was all whacky from 10 a.m. until about 9 p.m. I finally had enough sense to check my gmail account with my web browser and it looked like it was putting stuff in the SPAM folder that it shouldn't have been (must've been 200 emails that were caught though for Viagra and variants!) Wish there was a way to shut that stuff down as well as all the Chinese crap I can't read.

1. If you sent something to me (on Sept. 4, Tuesday) which needed a response from me would you be so kind as to resend? Thank you.

2. I have received a ton of emails from those who sent condolences on the passing of my Dad. Yes, he was 90 but it still seemed too soon. Fellow Iowan Mitch Weiss called me and that was unique and I thanked him for it. Touching and meaningful. Thanks Mitch. As I do believe in life after death I figure my Pops is now watching me work when maybe all along, before that, he wondered, "Exactly what is that boy up to?" Love you Dad. Give me some TIPS--you gave me the persistence and work ethic stuff, now I need some of your genius.

Bank informed me today when I asked that TPi's balance was closing in on zero... so I am especially concerned there might have been "orders" in the emails today!

Well, there is a 3 or third.

3. I sent out 9 packages today with the new book Modern Chess Brilliancies (Hustled) in it. I think all but one or two had already been paid for. The "unpaids" where I charge a charge card (or ask for PayPal) will start going out tomorrow and hopefully I can finish that.

Whoever said that life was unchallenging must've been getting welfare checks! Here's something I didn't know, but apparently Bill Cosby said it, that there have been "kids" (gang kids?) out there who used their tattoos to tell people at the employment agencies they couldn't get work interviews--because of the tats. Then they received some kind of governmental compensation!! Does anyone know if that is true? I hope it isn't. If so, put the decision makers in front of a Utah firing squad and shoot blank checks at them until it hurts.

PS: There will be a special offer on my NEW Secrets book (#2) for those who can't make it to the Fall Chess Classic. I am supposed to have the art on Thursday. All the details will be given, probably on Friday. Here's my suggestion. Don't be a Plonk and put this off. The price of Modern Chess Brilliancies (Hustled) is almost twice what I sold it for to "early birders."

Also, I need to go back to COUNTING SCHOOL. I mentioned on the certificate I have been sending with the books that 18 people got in on a good deal. I hadn't checked carefully all MY lists, it was 22 (or more!!)! Since I keep two for the TPi Library that means there are only 26 left. It is now $59.95 and I wouldn't wait much longer. REASON: First buyers are allowed to buy extras at a very low $44.95, postage paid in the USA.

Thanks.  BOB

Saturday, September 1, 2012


I know someone who bought our new book Modern Chess Brilliancies (Hustled) the other day from Amazon and they paid $79.95 for it! Why does this happen?

1. They had to have it yesterday! (Why?)
2. They just have an "I've got money" irritating personality.
3. They "know" but don't know Thinkers' Press and if they do know are too lazy to look for us.

If you buy the book directly from Thinker's Press it is $59.95. I charge $7 for first class shipping, well protected and with a terrific letter of PEDIGREE and
1. The number of your particular book which is also
2. Enumerated IN the book itself. All fifty are now stamped.

Plus, buyers from TPi (us) get the right to buy additional copies from me at $44.95 each + $5 postpaid but with accompanying documentation too.

I have 50 copies on hand.

While I am making NO pretense of being an investment counselor, I can tell you that the hardcover editions of:
1. Some Interesting Memories by Ray Smullyan
2. Leon Stein Master of Risk Strategy, and
3. Super Nezh by Pyshkin

have all sold out, a long time ago, and cost real money to obtain.

Hardcover books by TPi are printed in small quantities and their future value is rather pricey. I will let YOU make your decision. TPi books do a heckuva lot better than almost any stocks except Apple (my original Apple stock cost me $14 or $18 and now it's about $660+).

Your decision, but that first copy must've been bought from TPi to get additionals at $44.95. I will be shipping out all the prepaids on Tuesday and each will be in a box, and inside that in a padded and cushioned envelope and it will be sent priority or first class, whatever it costs.

I do take PayPal. Send the $66.95 to, postage included.