Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess

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Author: Shibut, Macon (1957- )

Year: 1993

Publisher: Caissa Editions

Place: Yorklin, DE


341 pages with diagrams, illustrations and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. 15 page addendum laid in. First edition.

The author offers this book as a guide through Paul Morph's chess-not the "greatest games" tourist route, but also the back streets where real struggles were decided. Part I reflects upon some popular preconceptions and prejudices concerning "the pride and sorrow of chess," where they came from, and the very different impressions that can arise from examining Paul Morphy's games first hand. Part II presents every available Morphy game, collected together in an English language volume for the first time. Finally, for added historical perspective, Part III makes available some thoughts on Paul Morphy by two of chess's greatest champions, Wilhelm Steinitz and Alexander Alekhine.


Near fine issued without jacket.