Chess in Philadelphia: A Brief History of the Game in Philadelphia

Author: Reichhelm, Gustavus (1839-1905) [editor]

Publisher: Billstein & Son Co

Location: Philadelphia

Year: 1898



158 pages with frontispiece, 5 plates, diagrams, tables and index. Small Quarto. bound in original publisher's half leather with gilt lettering to spine over marbled boards. (Betts: 6-21) First edition.

Gustavus Charles Reichman was a chess editor, analyst, problem composer, solver and player. He was chess editor of the Philadelphia Times and North American. He was the Games Editor of Brentano's Chess Monthly (1881-1882). From 1895 to 1905, he was Secretary of the Franklin Chess Club in Philadelphia. In his earlier years, he was a piano tuner. For many years, he was chess champion of Philadelphia. In 1886, he took 2nd place in the world championship solving tournament, which had 109 entrants from around the world. He played two matches against Mackenzie in 1866 and 1867. The first match of six games was Mackenzie +5 -0 =1; the second match was Mackenzie +7 -0 =2 and was timed with an hour glass. Reichhelm died of heart disease in a Pennsylvania Hospital and had accumulated a large library of chess literature.


Previous owner's name on front end paper, some pencil tick marks in margins, closed three inch tear at head title page else a better than very good copy.