Marshall's Chess "Swindles"

Author: Marshall, Frank James (1877 1944) inscribed

Publisher: American Chess Bulletin

Location: New York

Year: 1914



[v]+135 pages with diagrams and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") bound in publisher's original red cloth with gilt lettering to cover. Inscribed to Harry F Lee, dated 1915. (Betts: 29-71) First edition.

Comprising over one hundred and twenty-five of his best tournament and match games at chess, together with the annotation of the same by Marshall and other well-known chess authorities; also an analysis of the queen's side openings, with several Kings' Gambit novelties and a discussion of the principles of over-the-board chess.

Frank James Marshall (August 10, 1877 November 9, 1944), was the U.S. Chess Champion from 190936, and one of the world's strongest chess players in the early part of the 20th century. Marshall was best known for his great tactical skill. One aspect of this was the "Marshall swindle", where a trick would turn a lost game around. Andrew Soltis writes that, "In later years his prowess at rescuing the irretrievable took on magical proportions". Not so well known now, but appreciated in his day, was his endgame skill.


Lacks frontispiece portrait. Offset darkening and some damage to the title, inscription to front end paper. Recased, corners lightly bumped else about very good.