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Charles A Gilberg
C A Gilberg 
ACM, Vol. 1, Jan 1898, No. 8, p. 469    
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1862 to 1870

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(born Jun-17-1835, died Jan-21-1898, 62 years old) United States of America

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Charles Alexander Gilberg was the author of "American Chess-nuts", 1868 and "Crumbs from the Chess-board", 1890. He had the second largest chess library in America, over 1,500 books.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J A Leonard vs C A Gilberg  1-0251862Simultaneous blindfold exhibitionC70 Ruy Lopez
2. C A Gilberg vs H Wernich  1-0401870Casual game (White plays blindfold)C50 Giuoco Piano
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  brankat: Mr.Gilberg must have been quite a character. Happy Birthday Sir.
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  brankat: I wonder whether his 2 books would still available somewhere. E-bay, perhaps?
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  wordfunph: <brankie> try this from amazon..

+ Crumbs From The Chess-Board

+ The Fifth American Chess Congress New York 1880

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  brankat: <wordfunph> Thank You for the info. So far I've never dealt with the Amazon, actually I've never done any kind of shopping anywhere on the Net.

I guess, I'll first need to learn the basic ropes.

I assume it should be possible to set up an account with the Amazon site.

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  Calli: No need to buy these books. There are available for free on Google Books. For instance
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  brankat: Thank You so much <Calli>!
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  Tabanus: has a lightning game by him, perhaps the first such on record. It was played vs John G. Belden (editor of the chess column in Hartford Weekly Times) on Sept. 9, 1873. See also Winter's Chess Notes 4886.
Jun-10-13  thomastonk: Here is one more game of him as well as an obituary:
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  zanzibar: Should be mentioned that he also served as President of Brooklyn Chess Club (~1892-1894)

see <Charles Kemeny: A Life in Chess - John S. Hilbert (2013) p69, p115>

He also documented the early 5th American Chess Congress (1880), see, for example:

As for his book collection - I hadn't realized that the Silas W. Howard book collection at Harvard that I utilize so extensively traces its heritage, at least in part, to Gilberg's collection:

<The Charles Gilberg Collection

New York businessman Charles Gilberg, a noted problemist (one who composes chess problems), built a major chess collection with an emphasis on fine bindings. After his death in 1898, Gilberg’s heirs kept all his books until their purchase in 1930 by Silas W Howland, who willed the 2,800-volume collection to Harvard University. The Charles Gilberg Collection now forms part of the Rare Book Collection at Harvard’s Houghton Library.>

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  zanzibar: I've transcribed his obit from <ACM v1 Jan 1898 No 8 p469>:

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  zanzibar: <<Calli:> No need to buy these books. There are available for free on Google Books. For instance >

This isn't quite correct, because the Google scan was done in grayscale (or maybe B&W(?))... consider this diagram:

It's the first diagrammed problem from <Crumbs>, and it looks, at least to my untrained eye, as if all the pieces are Black.

But that's a figment of the scan, for consider this:


Gilberg's Problems.

The title "Crumbs from the Chess Board : A selection from the problems composed by Charles A. Gilberg. New York. 1890" — is hardly good enough for a collection of 200 fine problems by a well-known composer, and we know from the author himself that in a probable second edition he intends to Kive a more appropriate title to his book. The work is particularly beautiful, as it is printed in four colours : the fine portrait of the author and the preface are black, the squares pale green, the white men red, and the black men blue. We know of no other work on chess in which the diagrams appear in three colours, for Kling's Chess Euclid, London, 1849, shows the 214 diagrams in two colours (blue and red).


tBOP v13 N657 (Aug 15, 1891) 735/773 (24)

So, if you did buy an original copy the diagrams wouldn't look Black on Black, but a glorious RGB, for Biv and everyone else.

I tried looking at Hathitrust, and all other versions of <Crumbs>, but have yet to find a full-color scan. Imagine tBOP without the color front-pieces...

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  zanzibar: For an example almost showing what all of Gilberg's diagrams should have looked like...

(Although I think the Black pieces should have been blue to be exactly similar)

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  zanzibar: I've found a gorgeous scan of the front cover of Gilbert's book over at Thrift books, but, alas, no inside view...

However, I have found mention of the printer, P.F. M'Breen ("The Always Ready Printer"):

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