Author: Irving Chernev (1900-1981) signed by Samuel Reshevsky, Jacob Levin, Kathryn Slater, Albert Sandrin Jr, Walter B Suesman and George M Kramer
Publisher: Chess Review
Place: New York
vi+306 pages with diagrams and index. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 4 3/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Signed by Samuel Reshevsky, Jacob Levin, Kathryn Slater, Albert Sandrin Jr, Walter B Suesman and George M Kramer. (Betts: 13-138) First edition.
The traps are grouped by opening. Each page contains one diagramed position with continuation and annotation.
Samuel Herman Reshevsky (1911-992) was a Polish chess prodigy and later a leading American chess grandmaster. He was a contender for the World Chess Championship from the mid 1930s to the mid 1960s: he tied for third place in the 1948 World Chess Championship tournament and tied for second in the 1953 Candidates tournament. He was an eight-time winner of the US Chess Championship tying him with Bobby Fischer for the all-time record.
Jacob Levin (1904-1992) was an American chess master. He reached the best results of his career in Ventnor City. He tied for 2nd–3rd in 1939, was a winner in 1941, took second behind Daniel Yanofksy in 1942, tied for 5th–7th in 1943, and won again in 1944. He tied for 8–9th at New York 1942 and took 4th at New York 1946.
Albert Sandrin Jr. (1923-2004) was an American chess master. He won the 1949 US Open in Omaha, and took 2nd in the 1951 U.S. Open in Fort Worth. He won the Illinois State Championship in 1944 and the Chicago Championship in 1946, 1949, 1957, and 1968. Sandrin had pigmentary degeneration of the retina. He was already almost completely blind at the time of the 1949 U.S. Open. After the founding of the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) in 1958, he represented the U.S. in the World Blind Championships of 1970 and 1982, and played first board for the U.S. team in the Blind Olympiads of 1968, 1972, and 1980 (and second board in 1976). His game against Sean Loftus of Ireland in the 1968 event won a Best Game Prize; the game score with notes is given in the IBCA History. He won the U.S. Braille Chess Association (USBCA) championships in 1974, 1982, and 1984.
Walter Bradford Suesman (1918-1984) and In 1946, Walter Suesman finished 13th-16th in the US Championship. Suesman won the 1960 Rhode Island championship.
George Mortimer Kramer (1929- ) is an American chess player, ChessOlympiad individual bronze medal winner (1950). After World War II George Kramer was one of the most promising new chess players in the United States. In 1945, at the age of sixteen, he won the New York State Chess Championship. In 1946, he debuted in US Chess Championship where ranked at 9th place. In 1952, Kramer won Manhattan Chess Club Championship. George Kramer played for United States in the Chess Olympiad. In 1950, at reserve board in the 9th Chess Olympiad (+5, =5, -3) and won individual bronze medal.
Kathryn Slater has been involved in organized women's chess in the U.S. almost from the beginning. She had won the Women's Open outright in 1958 and 1962, while sharing the title with Cecelia Rock in 1964 and with Mary Bain in 1965. Slater, covered women's events for chess journals and served in many official capacities including acting as manager of the Marshall Chess Club. She and her husband Bill founded the London Terrace C.C. in the Chelsea district Manhattan and operated the Marshall Chess Club for a period of time. Both she and her husband contributed to Chess Life sporadically.
Signed in pencil on the front end paper. Spine ends rubbed through, corners bumped and rubbed, head edges rippled, some toning of pages, spine toned else about very good.