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  TheFocus: You can see my well-ordered organization schemes!!

I am almost caught up to DD. Only 6,000-7,000 more books to go.

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  zanzibar: He isn't the worst:

Don't like the visible air-gap - wasted space you know.

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  parisattack: <TheFocus>'s looks more organized!

And I bet he can point you to any book in there - just like old Al Buschke could do.

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  parisattack: My birthday is coming up soon. Perhaps someone <TheFocus>, <whiteshark> or <zanzibar> would like to buy this book for me?

I have a later edition with DJ, but this is the first of the original Printing-Craft with DJ I've seen in a long time:

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  parisattack: I’ve always been fond of what I call the ‘Bell Knight DJ’ chess book series. Here is one of my favorites of them:

Some interesting (to me) things about this series –

1) The cloth often bleeds to the cover, resulting in (typically) red blotches on the dust jacket.

2) During and apparently right after WWII paper was scarce. Occasionally you will find one with newsprint across the cover. At least I believe that is the explanation?

3) Most are in standard book size but a few of them (such as the Stahlberg, Bouwmeester and Abrahams) are a smaller format.

4) Curiously, Euwe’s From My Games has a large knight on the cover, but not the knight-checkered background:

Here’s a useful link on book sizes:

My list of the Bell Knight DJs has 32 volumes of which I have 29. I suspect there are a few others. Perhaps someone can point to them? Over the years I’ve continuously upgraded mine, resulting in 20 or so which are almost like-new.

Abrahams – Technique in Chess

Alekhine – Alekhine’s Best Games of Chess 1908-1923 Alekhine – Alekhine’s Best Games of Chess 1924-1937 *

Alexander – Alekhine’s Best Games of Chess 1938-1945 Bouwmeester – Modern End-Game Studies
Capablanca – Chess Fundamentals
Clarke – Petrosian’s Best Games of Chess *
Du Mont – The Elements of Chess
Euwe – Development of Chess Style
Euwe – From My Games
Euwe – Judgment and Planning in Chess
Euwe – Strategy and Tactics in Chess
Euwe – The Middle Game – Dynamic Features
Euwe – The Middle Game – Static Features
Golombek – Capablanca’s Best Games of Chess
Golombek – Reti’s Best Games of Chess *
Golombek – World Chess Championship 1948
Konig – Chess from Morphy to Botvinnik *
Lasker, Ed – Modern Chess Strategy
Marshall – My fifty Years of Chess
Nimzowitsch – My System
Reinfeld – Keres’ Best Games of Chess 1931-1948 *

Reti – Masters of the Chessboard
Reti – Modern Ideas in Chess
Stahlberg – Chess and Chess Masters *
Tartakower – 100 Master Games of Chess
Tartakower – 500 Master Games of Chess Book 1 – Open Games Tartakower – 500 Master Games of Chess Book 2 (Semi-Open) and Book 3 (Closed)

Tartakower – My Best Games of Chess 1905-1930 *
Tartakower – My Best Games of Chess 1931-1954 *
Vukovic – The Chess Sacrifice
Znosko-Borovsky – The Middle Game in Chess

(* personal favorite)

((It would be *nice* if could take a short break from satisfying the Bio Bistro folks and give the rest of us some basic text-formatting capabilities. I don't know of any other forums which still use Notepad unformatted text. I spent more time formatting this post than writing it.))

Jan-15-17  Paint My Dragon: <parisattack>

Clarke - 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures comes to mind, but that's about all I can think of.

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  parisattack: Yup, thanks <Paint My Dragon>!! Several of them - such as 100 Soviet - appear in other editions, dust jackets.
Jan-15-17  Paint My Dragon: Just thought of Clarke's Tal book too. Comes in the traditional style ...


But also another less centric style ...

I think maybe Bouwmeester's and a few others, also came in this alternative style (perhaps linked to the book size difference that you mention above).

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  parisattack: Some of the later editions - 60s - went with the solid color, the pale blue on Tal and some red and green editions of players' games.

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  parisattack: Here is the cover for the original edition of Soviet Chess Miniatures. I still remember the first time I saw the chapter, Sicilicide! It kept me off the Sicilian for a couple of years tho in 1970 I began playing the Pelikan regularly.

<Benzol> has compiled the games here:

Game Collection: 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures

Finally, an example of the newsprint covers I mentioned in a previous post:

Jan-16-17  Paint My Dragon: Fascinating. Those are both new to me. This Bell cover history has all the makings of an Edward Winter article!

Sadly, my own book collection is almost dustcover free. And whilst I'm always happy to benefit from a lower asking price, there are definitely occasions when a glimpse of the missing DJ leaves me feeling quite envious; as happened recently with this book ...

Quite an attractive design that I'd not seen before, it would surely brighten any bookshelf. Maybe in the next life!

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  Annie K.: <parisattack: <I spent more time formatting this post than writing it.>>

Are you talking about cases when linebreaks don't work and two lines intended to be separate "stick together"?

There is already a solution for that. Just add a \ (backspace) to the end of the line, and it will force a linebreak. :)

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  TheFocus: So now I have to think of nice dust covers for my batch of works in progress?

Question: do you (anyone?) prefer a dust cover? Or does it matter to you.

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  parisattack: Hello <Annie K> Good tip, grazie! Here almost 13 years and still learning. I mentioned to <Daniel> in my annual missive a few other goodies might be nice - bolding, italics and such. But we both worried they might clutter and (gasp!) be over-used. Part of's attraction is in its 1990s look.

Hello <TheFocus> As you know DJs on chess books typically command a premium (sometimes quite substantial). But for your opi I see them more in the McFarland style of gently embossed HB. The Pergamon emboss style perhaps a bit too much.

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  Annie K.: You're welcome. This feature was only added a few months ago. :) (And I meant 'backslash', of course...) Bolding would be nice, too.
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  zanzibar: That newspaper print dj is crazy. Almost worth seeking out just for the novelty.
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  zanzibar: Perfect binding ain't....

My fairly new FCO by Gambit (reprinted 2012), 480pp, is already starting to show signs of cracking in the binding.

Disappointing, as I certainly haven't been using it anywhere near as much as I should have.

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  TheFocus: <Focus>'s books will be in the McFarland style. High quality paper and bindings.

I don't really like dust covers, and always take them off when I read any book.

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  zanzibar: McFarland is one of the classiest outfits out there, if not the classiest.

I like dust jackets, they add to the book experience, but like Focus, I often take them off when actually reading the book.

The glossy cover page...

and the technical glossary page:

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  parisattack: <Paint My Dragon>

<Quite an attractive design that I'd not seen before, it would surely brighten any bookshelf. Maybe in the next life!>

Very pretty! That and the original Lasker's Manual are two books I don't own with you say, perhaps next round. :)

Yate's 101 Games is also a toughy to find with a decent DJ. I've always found the games book of C.H. O'D Alexander with the green-tinted pages is interesting:

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  parisattack: <zanzibar: Perfect binding ain't.... My fairly new FCO by Gambit (reprinted 2012), 480pp, is already starting to show signs of cracking in the binding.

Disappointing, as I certainly haven't been using it anywhere near as much as I should have.>

Tough indeed to top the McFarlands! Edition Olms are also excellent. The Weiner Schachzeitung series is an incredible set tho expensive and postage/customs when I purchased mine was sickening.

Of the PBs - Gambit, Everyman, New in Chess, Batsford, Quality - I find the Everyman tomes seem to hold up best. But a 500pp PB isn't going to hold up well if used frequently. Towards $30 for a paperback; who would have imagined. In college I thought long-and-hard before spending $2.95 on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. :)

The Brits started pumping out chess books en masse in the early 1960s with the Chess Player tournament monographs (at least one typo per page) and haven't stopped.

Jan-19-17  Paint My Dragon: <parisattack> Great stuff. I have an original HE Atkins biography (no DJ), but could only locate the Moravian reprint of Yates' book. My green paged Alexander book has a DJ, but is sadly not one of those special tournament editions shown in your Abebooks link. I say sadly, because I was a visitor to the Alexander Memorial, where the special, numbered volumes got signed, and distributed, but as a schoolboy, my pocket money allowance could not cover it. I did however get Tony Miles to sign my Portland chess set, by way of a consolation.

The green book is a delight, as you get a brief biographical introduction, which then extends seamlessly into the preambles of subsequent chapters. I much prefer when authors do that, as it keeps things flowing and provides context for the games section.

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  parisattack: <Paint My Dragon> A Miles autograph would be cool! I really liked the way he played chess.

I never got much into autographs or memorabilia (generally too pricey for me). I do have autographs of Nimzovitch, Marshall, Alekhine, Fischer and Larsen and an old 50s Russian chess clock.

This is a fun site:

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  parisattack: Just FYI - The Allan Troy collection/inventory of chess books is being auctioned on eBay. Apparently several thousand items over time from the estate.

Most so far have been fairly common late 20th C material (but almost all in very nice condition). Prices seem very high on a lot of them (such as the Batsford Whites which most can be had on Amazon for $2-$10) but I've found a couple bargains so far.

Jan-19-17  cwcarlson: parisattack: can you send me your email? Some questions about Fischer-Larsen 1971. Thx.
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