Author: Saidy, Anthony (1937- ) and Norman Lessing signed
Publisher: Random House
Place: New York
252 pages with pictorial index. Quarto (11" x 9") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover with black and white pictorial dust jacket. Photography by Norman Snyder picture research by Marion Geisinger. [Signed by Anthony Saidy] (Lusis: 48) First edition.
At its apex are the grandmasters whose wizardry at the board has made an ancient Indian pastime into mankind's most fascinating cerebral exercise. At its base are the patzers and pfuscher, the humble millions, the foot soldiers, the pawns, who serve the goddess Caissa less elegantly perhaps, but no less fervently. ascending scale, are champions and would-be champions, prodigious children, chess-puzzle fanatics and experts at playing blindfold, playing against computers, playing by mail and playing bizarre variations of an already remarkable various game. Two expert and sure-footed guides-an International Master who has grappled with and occasionally beaten the titans of this generation, and a cunning veteran of innumerable coffeehouse campaigns-conduct an entertaining and instructive tour through this extraordinary world. With wit, clarity, and refreshing good sense, these knowledgeable insider-who also are old friends-discuss the great events of the chess universe (as well as a number of very interesting small ones), the fabulous games that represent the peak of classic achievement and the unique and fiercely competitive individuals who have presided at the supreme moments of chess history. With wit, clarity and chessic insight, these expert insiders explore the many beguiling byways of chess, analyze a superb collection of notable games, and explain the interaction of style and temperament in the all-time great masters of chess. Beautifully illustrated with more than 200 paintings, prints and photographs-many never before published and 72 pages of full color.
Corners bumped. Dust Jacket points and corners chipped, tears at hinges and edges. A very good copy in a very good to fine jacket.