Tasks and Echoes: the cumulative principle in problem composition

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Author: White, Alain Campbell (1880-1951) [editor]

Year: 1915

Publisher: The Chess Amateur

Place: Stroud


223 pages with diagrams and index. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5 1/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. A C White's Christmas series with greeting tipped in. (Betts: 31-10). First edition.

The introduction consists of an essay on the development of chess problems, how "two main types of accumulation have marked the progress of composition during the last fifty years: on the one hand, the pursuit of variations, that is the accumulation of different elements in one problem; and, on the other hand, the pursuit of echoes, that is the accumulation of similar elements in one problem". 300 problems (s00 sets of 3) are devoted to these "tasks" and "echoes", grouped under twenty one main thematic ideas, and discussed with solutions.


Spine age darkened, spine ends rubbed, some stains to covers, end pages age darkened else about very good.