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.


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