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Sally Simpson
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  1. Battles Royal of the Chessboard by R.N. Coles
    This is a collection of the games from the 1948 book by R.N. Coles. (The book is dedicated to his friend Julius du Mont).

    Reinfeld and Horowitz revised this edition In 1952 giving it a new name. 'Epic Battles of the Chessboard.' and throwing out the two games played by Staunton from the Coles book to make room for two new games.

    One of the new games was played by Reinfeld: O Ulvestad vs F Reinfeld, 1939 (which apparently won a prize but nobody as yet is sure what it was.)

    and the other new game was played by Horowitz. I A Horowitz vs P Trifunovic, 1935 (which at the time of writing is as yet un-kibitzed.)

    No surprise a couple of Staunton's games were tossed in the bin. Reinfeld wrote in his 1950 book 'A Treasury of British Chess Masterpieces.'

    "There is no Staunton game - it takes too much time to find a game by him which one can enjoy."

    They also threw out Sultan Khan vs Alekhine, 1933 to make room for another Morphy game.

    I'm noticing a pattern here. Coles has two Staunton games but only one by Morphy. It does appear that hell hath no fury like a couple of Morphy fans scorned.

    The updated version has two Morphy games and none by Staunton.

    (but Coles does mention Morphy on the cover...and not Staunton.)

    Geoff Chandler (User: Sally Simpson) April 2018.

    50 games, 1834-1946

  2. Rampant Chess
    ****Work in Progress****
    All the games from Rampant Chess written by Keith Ruxton and myself. The idea being we would write the book as though we were sitting in a pub playing over the game and adding comments.

    Of course it was not quite like that but that is the 'feel' we wanted to give. Basically we wanted to write a book with some good games that we would like to see.

    The games in the book were selected by the players themselves as being their favourite games.

    Each player, Jacob Aagaard, Mark Condie, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Paul Motwani, Douglas Marshall Bryson, Andrew J Muir, Eddie Dearing, Craig Pritchett, Stephen R Mannion, Jonathan Rowson, Roderick M McKay, John Shaw and Colin McNab chose 5 games and sent them to us. Keith was happy. I was not.

    Keith and I agreed no computer analysis (I used one to check a variation in one of Keti's game to prove a point.)

    I did the games of Jacob, Keti, Douglas, Eddie, Steve, Roddy and Colin and one or two of the games sent made me feel that I was a bit out my depth and would not fit in with the general idea of the book.

    For instance Dougie sent me two long Rook endings from correspondence play (!).

    No way was I going to subject my readers to that kind of guff. I let one slip in (noting up that game nearly made me want to give up chess) I ditched the other and chose a typical Bryson miniature with a Queen sac.

    If I recall Eddie and Colin also had a game change. They seemed happy.

    Everyone was sent their chapter and all agreed everything was good.

    Book took about 6 months to write. Quality Chess did a run of 1,000 and they sold about 800 copies in the first few months.

    All money raised went straight to Scottish Chess and I believe they used the money to buy a whole set of electronic boards.

    I have submitted the games they chose that are not on here and hopefully they should appear soon. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Chess games for the this utility and the speed in which they are adding the games.

    17 games, 1984-2007

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