Reshevsky on Chess: The U S Champion Tells How He Wins

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Author: Reshevsky, Samuel "Sammy" Herman (1911-1992) inscribed

Year: 1948

Publisher: Chess Review

Place: New York


[vi]+274 pages with frontispiece, diagrams, tables, plate and indices. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Inscribed by the author. (Betts: 29-121) First edition.

110 annotated games with accompanying autobiographical text. Includes a table of his tournament and match results, indexes of openings and opponents and a short biography, presumably by the editors of Chess Review. Samuel Reshevsky was a Polish chess prodigy and later a leading American chess grandmaster. He was never a full-time chess professional. He was a strong contender for the World Chess Championship from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s: he tied for third place in the 1948 World Chess Championship tournament, and tied for second in the 1953 Candidates Tournament. He was an eight-time winner of the U.S. Chess Championship. An outstanding match player throughout his career, Reshevsky excelled at positional play, and could be a brilliant tactician when required. He took a long time over his opening moves, and often found himself in time pressure, but this sometimes unsettled his opponent more than it did Reshevsky. He was an accountant by profession, and a well-regarded chess writer.


Inscribed on the half title: "To my wonderful friend Dave Schneider" signed and dated 1949. Corners bumped and rubbed, spine ends rubbed, lightly soiled else a very good copy.