American Chess Masters from Morphy to Fischer

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Author: Bisguier, Arthur Bernard (1929-2017) and Andrew Eden Soltis inscribed by Arthur Bisguier

Year: 1974

Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company, Inc and Collin MacMillan Publishers

Place: New York and London


x+291 pages with diagrams, plates, appendices and index. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original pictorial jacket. Inscribed by Arthur Bisguier. (Lusis: 1211) first edition.

Her is the progression of chess--from the rough and ready game played in Ben Franklin's days to the scientifically played game of the 1970's. In the 1850s, Paul Morphy laid down the principles of obtaining advantages, an a wave of aggressive players--MacKenzie, Lipschutz, Showalter and Hodges--appeared on the scene. Positional ideas were still unformed, however, until Harry Pillsbury forged the essentials of planning. Frank Marshall was America's last experimental, romantic chess player. By the first part of the century, Capablanca had unleashed crafty simplicity, revealed endgame principles to America, and show that chess is not a gamble. American players were soon battling their way to victory with a pragmatic, hardheaded style. Ruben Fine and Sammy Reshevsky sculpted the art of tactical defense; Evans extended the Reshevsky technique to modern openings; Bisguier revived the Pillsbury spirit; Byrne and Lombardy adapted Fine's tactical play; ad finally Fischer, the complete player, welded the legacy together.


Inscribed on front end paper. Jacket light edge wear else a very good to fine copy in like jacket.