Les Tours de Force sur l'Echiquier

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Author: White, Alain Campbell (1880-1951)

Year: 1906

Publisher: Numa Preti

Place: Paris

Description:

xl+223 pages with diagrams and index. Square duodecimo bound in original publisher's red cloth with lettering to spine and front cover. Alain C White's Christmas Series. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:2576; Betts:35-1) First edition.

Introduction in French and English; remaining text in French. A study of the task problem. In the preface A C White defines his purpose and lays down the raison d'estre of the task problem. An article by J C J Wainwirght 'La croix de la reine follows, analyzing efforts to illustrate a specific task, i.e composing two-movers with a large number of queen mates; with 52 examples. The final section comprises 180 examples of other tasks: Maximum mates by discovering with the white king, - Maximum purity, -Tours of white and black knights, -Cross checks, -Five direct mates with bishop, with king, with rook etc. Includes solutions and and index of composers. One of the scarcer items in the Christmas series.

Condition:

Previous owner's stamp to front paste down, stain at head hinge, spine badly sunned else a good copy.