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  zanzibar: I can offer a few, but I really have a very merger library - many I've only borrowed from the local library system.

Still a few that do come immediately to mind. Let's start with just one:

<Logical Chess: Move by Move - Chernev (1957/2002)>

A classic beginning book, trying to explain each and every move. Perhaps Nunn's version is better, but this was first.

(A fairly good review:

Apparently Chernev talked about the book itself here:

"Chess Life & Review - Volume 34 - Page 501"

Does anybody has access to this?

Apparently Chernev first published solo in 1935:

His hb version of Move-by-Move was in 1957 (Simon and Schuster), and I suspect from doing a google search on reviews that the pb version came out in 1969.

Perhaps this is wrong - but is a bit unclear on the matter:

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  zanzibar: I think the Dec 1957 Chess Review p353 has a review of the newly released Chernev book:

250pp / 150 diagrams
Simon and Schuster

(I'd love to see a little more of the review, btw)

The price is clearly hbk, afaik. Yet OpenLibrary gives it as pbk, showing much later cover art:

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  zanzibar: I was wrong about the pbk edition, it was out by 1966, likely earlier:

Feb-13-17  parisattack: Hi <Zan> As I have a spot of time I will pull those, scan and send over to you.
Feb-13-17  parisattack: BTW - Recommendations for software to write chess books? Anything specific to chess out there - as opposed to something like Scrivener or Publisher?

Something at least to work with fen/pgn/diagrams?

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  zanzibar: <Paris> I've used SCID to annotate games via it's

< Tools -> Export Current Game -> Export Game to HTML File >

It's a bit of a pain, because you have to have a lot of little gifs handy to properly do the diagrams. It also has a LaTeX option:

< Tools -> Export Current Game -> Export Game to LaTeX File >

If you're a TeX user than you're fairly hardcore and will know this might be handy.

Normally, I just use the Windows Snipping Tool to grab the board off SCID. That is, it the destination can't handle a FEN by itself.

Still, I'd be interested to hear any tools that chess book authors use, just for curiosity's sake.

Maybe <Focus> will weigh in.

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  TheFocus: I used to have a program from which I downloaded different diagram fonts. I cannot find it anymore to purchase. After installing, all you had to do was type.

I tried getting it converted from the floppy disc to a CD, but it wouldn't convert.

The biggest problem I am facing is doing the diagrams, and would like to hear any suggestions of what others use to make them.

Feb-14-17  parisattack: Thanks <zanzibar> and <TheFocus>.

My late pal Jim Bickford wrote his own software to do his Syzygy chess books - alas, I do not have a copy of it.

Perhaps <Tony Rotella> will check in - a chess book writer here on

Saw this but haven't explored:

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  Chessical: Diagram building program -
Feb-14-17  parisattack: Grazie <Chessical> I will check it out right now!
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  zanzibar: <Chessical>'s site has about the same quality graphics as SCID produces for HTML.

Although SCID also has an option for USCF-style pawns as well (ie. skinny vs. fat).

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  zanzibar: Just curious if anybody else has tried out SCID's HTML output?

Or how about the LaTeX output?


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  zanzibar: BTW- if you prefer muted brown colors, and you have a FEN, then <CG> can be used to produce a diagram via this link:

h t t p ://<FEN(*)>

(url slightly altered, until verbatim mode arrives on <CG>)

(*) FEN is chopped at the first space, ie. no color, castle, ep, move #, info.


h t t p://

Feb-15-17  parisattack: <zanzibar: Just curious if anybody else has tried out SCID's HTML output? Or how about the LaTeX output?>

I am going to play with several tools this weekend and will report back to headquarters.

Feb-15-17  parisattack: In the meantime, an update of ...


Arkull Trends in the Blumenfeld Gambit 1
Aveskulov Attack with Black
Bellin - Mastering the Benko and Benoni
Benko The Benko Gambit
Euwe Indian Spezialitaten
Fedorowicz The Complete Benko Gambit (1990, 1995)
Fields - The Barcza-Larsen Defense
Franco - Chess Explained: The Modern Benoni
Gelenczei - The Ben-oni Defense
Grefe - Modern Benoni for Black
Hartston - The Benoni
Hladik Indicka Plukovnika Hromdaky
Hodgson - Trend in the Czech Benoni and Schmid Benoni 1
Holmes - The Benoni Defense
Jacobs The Benko Gambit
Kasparov, S The Dynamic Benko Gambit
Kinsman - The Modern Benoni
Konikowski - Modern Benoni: Three Pawn Attack
Konikowski - Modern Benoni: Four Pawn Attack
Lalic Trends in the Blumenfeld Gambit 2
Levy Benko Counter Gambit
McDonald The Benko Gambit Revealed
Norwood - Trends in the Modern Benoni 1
Norwood - Trends in the Modern Benoni 2
Norwood - Developments in the Modern Benoni 1983-1986
Norwood - Developments in the Modern Benoni
Norwood - The Modern Benoni
Nunn - Benoni for the Tournament Player
Pallister - Dangerous Weapons: The Benoni and Benko
Pallister - Chess Developments: The Benoni
Pallister - The Modern Benoni Revealed
Palliser Play Against 1. d4
Pedersen Play the Benko Gambit
Pedersen The Gambit Guide to the Benko Gambit
Petrov - Grandmaster Repertoire 12: The Benoni
Pinski Benko Gambit
Przewoznik The Blumenfeld Gambit
Psakhis - The Complete Benoni
Raetsky Starting Out: Benoni Systems
Ravikumar Play the Benko Gambit
Schneider -Die Komplette Moderne Benoni 1
Schneider - Die Komplette Moderne Benoni 2
Schneider - Die Komplette Moderne Benoni 3
Schwarz Volga Benko Gambit
Sher - Trends in the Czech and Schmid Benoni 2
Soltis - Franco-Benoni Defense: A Black Defensive System Stoljar/Kondratjew Alt Benoni Verteidigung
Taimanov Modernes Benoni bis Wolga Gambit
Tay Benko Gambit: Move-by-Move
Vaisser - Beating the King's Indian and Benoni
Vegh Starting Out: Modern Benoni
Ward - Trends in the Modern Benoni 3
Watson - The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni
Watson - Taimanov and Knights Tour Benoni
Zechiel, Crane - The Benoni Counter Gambit
Zeuthen - Modern Benoni: Survey of a Structure
Zeuthen - Modern Benoni Dynamics
Zeuthen - Wing Gambit Benoni
Zeuthen Wing Benoni A Key to Structures

Others, please?

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  zanzibar: This one is a little unusual - Walter Browne audio cassette! (1973) comes up with at least 84 titles, not all of them in English though.

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  zanzibar: This one (in German) is worth a worth given the author list:

Feb-15-17  parisattack: Hi <zanzibar>

I try to get the major foreign language books but too many too collect and other than Russian and German I can't really read them. There is a Russian opening series I haven't included because mine are stored and can't find the full list online.

I suppose a full list would include audios, cds, articles, internet links...but I will leave that to <TheFocus>. :)

The Taimanov 'later bis' is on the list. Both of those are nice series, the early bis only eight volumes. My later bis came in a nice slipcase when I bought them years ago from Karel Mokry.

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  zanzibar: <Paris> ah right, I was looking under the name Grunfeld.
Feb-15-17  Paint My Dragon: <parisattack> It seems Jacobs was an habitual writer on the Benko - I only have the Trends books, but Amazon's list adds to yours with ...

Jacobs - Trends In The Benko
Jacobs - Trends In The Benko Vol.2
Jacobs - Winning With The Benko
Jacobs - Play The Benko Gambit (booklet)

A trawl of my bookshelves produced 5 others ...

Georgiev - Squeezing The Gambits: The Benko, Budapest, Albin And Blumenfeld

Gelfand/Kapengut - Encyclopedia Of Chess Openings, Benoni A65

Hoffmann/Keener - The Czech Benoni In Action

Including these 2, which don't outwardly specify an author, just the publishing house ...

Editrice - King's Indian Benoni: 4 Pawns Attack (A66-A69)

New In Chess - Tactics In The Chess Opening 5: Indian Defences, Catalan And Benoni

Feb-16-17  parisattack: <Paint My Dragon> Grazie! Not sure how I left Hoffman off, I just read it. :)
Feb-16-17  Paint My Dragon: Yes, I enjoyed Hoffmann's book. I'd been struggling with my own version of the Czech Benoni for years (just cobbled together from a game database I'd created). This brought some illumination and clarity to proceedings!
Feb-16-17  parisattack: <I'd been struggling with my own version of the Czech Benoni for years (just cobbled together from a game database I'd created).>

You've piqued my interest... :) I am working on classifying the Benonis.

Feb-23-17  parisattack: Some information and even a picture of the late-great chess book seller, author and historian - Albrecht Buschke.

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  zanzibar: This book is apparently very hard to find:

<A Century of British Chess Sergeant, Philip Walsingham
David McKay Co

No copies are available on amazon.

Abebooks has one copy:

Is this work Public Domain (PD) in Britain? I think so...

<Duration of copyright

The 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act states the duration of copyright as;

- For literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works

70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the last remaining author of the work dies.

If the author is unknown, copyright will last for 70 years from end of the calendar year in which the work was created, although if it is made available to the public during that time, (by publication, authorised performance, broadcast, exhibition, etc.), then the duration will be 70 years from the end of the year that the work was first made available. >

Shouldn't an online version be created?

Why aren't the British libraries contributing at the level of the US libraries?


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