Chess Review Annual: The Picture Chess Magazine, Volume 16

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Author: Israel Albert Horowitz [1907-1973] editor

Year: 1948

Publisher: Chess Review

Place: New York

Description:

Twelve monthly issues each page numbered individually with pictures, diagrams and photographs. Quarto (11 1/4" x 8 3/4") Volume 16, bound in original publisher's red cloth with silver lettering to spine. (Betts: 7-76) First edition.

The Chess Review is a U.S. chess magazine that was published from January 1933 until October 1969 (Volume 37 Number 10). Until April 1941 it was called The Chess Review. Published in New York, it began on a schedule of at least ten issues a year but later became a monthly. Isaac Kashdan was the editor for the first year, with Al Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld as associate editors. After one year, Kashdan left and Horowitz became editor, a position he retained for the remainder of the magazine's existence. Chess Review was virtually unchallenged as the premier U.S. chess periodical from its start in 1933 until a rival emerged in 1961 after a major revamp of the official United States Chess Federation magazine, Chess Life. The two magazines remained in competition until November 1969, when Horowitz retired and the magazines were merged to become Chess Life & Review. The cover of the first issue featured a chess problem composed by Otto Wurzburg (1875–1951), a Grand Rapids, Michigan, postal worker. Kashdan was one of the world's premier problem solvers of the 1920s and 1930s. His interest in compositions influenced the magazine for years after he left, and the cover would feature a chess problem every issue until May 1941. Wurzburg served as problem editor and contributed a monthly column. The magazine staff also included art director Bertram Kadish who contributed cartoons and illustrations. An unusual feature of the first issue was a bridge column written by George Reith. Horowitz and Reinfeld were contract bridge devotees, but the column was dropped after three issues.

Condition:

Corners and spine ends lightly rubbed. A very good copy lacking jacket.