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


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.


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.