Chess Book Collections

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MSoszynski
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Re: Chess Book Collections

Post by MSoszynski » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:07 pm

On my first visit to a tourney in Poland I was asked about my chess book selection. At that time it was very small. "Eight or nine," I said. The response I got showed we had misunderstood each other. "Eight or nine metres, that's not bad".

Stewart Reuben
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Re: Chess Book Collections

Post by Stewart Reuben » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:12 pm

Geurt Gijssen has about 10,000 chess books. He got rid of all those on the openings as he is no longer interested in that phase of the game.
When we spoke about the subject about a year ago, he did not know what to do with them when he dies.

I am getting started on writing my fifth chess book, in collaboration with Alex MFarlane and Shaun Press. It is a History of the Laws of Chess.

I have a couple of hundred chess books, not counting bulletins, programmes,magBCF/ECF YearBooks of 1981-2019. I gave away over 100 books when I moved (upsizing) 20 years ago. Roger Scowen, is/was considering downsizing and he was seeking advice as what to do with his chess collection.

i claim I have the biggest collection in the world on chess, in the English language, on video

James Pratt
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Re: Chess Book Collections

Post by James Pratt » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:18 pm

I have 800. Ish. I said 'ish'
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Matt Mackenzie
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Re: Chess Book Collections

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:06 am

Well yes, there's a thread about it in the Deaths/Obituaries section.......
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James Pratt
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Re: Chess Book Collections

Post by James Pratt » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:56 am

Thanks Matt. It was late.

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Re: Chess Book Collections

Post by Tim Harding » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:41 am

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:12 pm
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I am getting started on writing my fifth chess book, in collaboration with Alex MFarlane and Shaun Press. It is a History of the Laws of Chess.

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Stewart, please start a new thread about this in the History section. I am sure you will get lots of good advice from various people.

I do recall that you mentioned this idea to me many years ago (World Seniors 2014?) and I gave you some advice then about sources you or your co-authors need to consult. I will try to recall what they were.

You really need to go back several centuries, not just to the 19th and 20th, to do this properly.
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Brian Towers
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Re: Chess Book Collections

Post by Brian Towers » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:27 pm

I have about 250 chess books, none of them rare or valuable, I suspect.

I do have the first few years of Chess Magazine complete from the first one in 1935 through to 1946. The paper quality markedly degrades during the war years when it was no doubt affected by shortages and so likely rare but being chess probably not particularly valuable. I bought them in about 1978 in a second hand bookshop in Hay on Wye for about a tenner. My Welsh girlfriend at the time, knowing that I was a bibliophile, took me there for the day. I spotted a pile of old chess magazines on a bottom shelf priced at 10p each and asked the owner how much he wanted for the job lot. I didn't know exactly what I had until I got back to my girlfriend's home and sorted through them.
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.

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