Caissas Marchen

Author: Dawson, Thomas Rayner (1889-1951) inscribed

Publisher: Schachmatt-Verlag

Location: Frankfurt an Main

Year: 1949



50 pages with diagrams with illustrations. Quarto (11" x 8") bound in original publisher's blue wrappers with black lettering and illustration on front wrapper. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 2916). Translated from the English edition by Dr Massmann. inscribed First German edition.

T R Dawson was a British problemist who composed over 6000 problems. He pioneered and specialized in "fairy chess" or non-orthodox problems. These involved helpmates, selfmates, retrograde analysis as well as new kinds of boards and pieces. He invented, for example the grasshopper - it moves like a queen but it must hop over another piece (of either color) and land on the next square beyond. If that square has an enemy piece, the grasshopper can capture it. If that square has a piece of the same color as the grasshopper, then the move is not playable. Such new pieces add enormous variety to ordinary problems. Dawson edited The Problemist (1922-31), the problem section of the British Chess Magazine (1931-1951) and the Fairy Chess Review (1931-43). His major works include Retrograde Analysis (1915), Caissa's Wild Roses (1935) and Caissa's Fairy Tales. [Davinsky: 52-3]


Corner's bumped, edge wear with some tears, back corners creased else a good to very good copy.