The Chess Problem: Text-book with illustrations, Containing fur hundred positions Selected from the works of H J C Andrews E N Frankenstein, B G Laws and C Planck

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Author: Andrews, Henry John Clinton (1828-1887), Edward Nathan Frankenstein, Benjamin Glover and Charles Planck

Year: 1887

Publisher: Cassell & Company, Ltd

Place: London, Paris, New York and Melbourne

Description:

viii-332+[16 ad] pages with diagrams. Octavo (9" x 6") bound in original publishers green pebble cloth with gilt lettering to spine and blind-stamped ruled edges to cover. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 2476; Betts: 30-4) First edition.

A textbook of problem composition, the text (1-80) written by Planck with the cooperation of the others. The main chapters deal with, first, beauty of solution (considered the prime feature of a problem), subdivided into "The elegance and subtlety of the key move", The brilliancy and depth of the lines of play" and "The excellence of the mating positions"; second, construction, subdivided into "Possibility of initial position", "Economy", Naturalness" and "Minor requisites"; third the role of difficulty of solution. Other chapters discuss classification, self-mates, and problem tourneys and awards. Illustrative examples in the text also appear in the second part of the work which gives the 400 assorted diagrammed compositions.

Condition:

Rubbing to spine extremities, corners gently bumped with slight bump to heal edge, some light foxing to preliminary pages and page ends else a very good copy.