The White King

Author: White, Alain Campbell (1880-1951) [editor] From the library of Edgar Holliday

Publisher: The Chess Amateur

Location: Stroud

Year: 1914



212 pages with diagrams and index. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5 1/8") bound in original publisher's red cloth with lettering to spine and cover with Christmas greetings tipped in. (Betts 31-9) Christmas series volume XIX for 1914. From the library of Edgar Holliday First edition.

A Collection of 300 problems in each of which a main feature is the activity of the white king in the solution. The examples, by various composers, are grouped by 27 thematic classifications, with solutions and elaborations by the editor. Mates are chiefly in two, three and four moves with some longer problems. Includes an index of composers.

Holladay was the first American to become a FIDE International Master for Chess Composition; FIDE International Judge for Chess Composition; and "After Alain White's death, Edgar became the world's foremost expert on American chess problems." Moreover, Holladay is the "second overall most important American to the world of chess composition . . . ." (Alain White is the most important person ever in chess composition.)


Holladay's notes in pencil throughout. Some staining to edges, spine ends rubbed, corners bumped else a good to very good copy.