Fairy Chess Review

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Author: Thomas Rayner Dawson [editor]

Year: 1936-1939

Publisher: Stroud News Publishing

Place: Stroud


viii+200 pages with diagrams, tables and index. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") issued in wrappers. Index compiled by S H Hall. Volume 3 complete. Published bi-monthly. (Betts: 42-9) First edition.

Fairy Chess Review (FCR) was a magazine that was devoted principally to fairy chess problems but also included extensive original results on related questions in mathematical recreations such as knight's tours and polyominos (under the title of "dissections") as well as much else, such as chess-related word puzzles. It appeared six times per year and nine volumes were published, from 1930 to 1958. Although they are often referred to under the title Fairy Chess Review, the first two volumes (August 1930 to June 1936) in fact bore the title The Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement. These were published by the British Chess Problem Society (BCPS) as an offshoot of their magazine The Problemist which began in 1926. The first two volumes were supported financially by the Falmouth businessman Charles Masson Fox who was also a problemist, who died in 1936. From volume 3 onward the FCR was independent of the BCPS, although most of its contributors were members. The editor from 1930 until August 1951 was Thomas Rayner Dawson who died in November that year. An "In Memoriam" issue was edited by C. E. Kemp in February 1952, and the magazine then continued under the editorship of Dennison Nixon (April 1952 to April 1956) and C. E. Kemp (June 1956 to April 1958).


Fold in center for mailing purposes, some edge wear with closed tears. A very good set of a scarce chess publication.