Dedication page from The Book of the First American Chess Congress (1859)

Chess Books

March 2018

Every two years, the World Chess Championship takes place to determine the best player in the world. Before that occurs, a Candidates Tournament is held to determine who gets a chance to unseat the current champion. This year, the Candidates Tournament will be held in Berlin, Germany from March 10-28. The current champion is chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Whoever wins will get to challenge him in a twelve-game match in London in November.

The Royal Game:Chess for Young People

 

In honor of the Candidates Tournament, the New York State Library has placed chess books on exhibit. They include instructional manuals, greatest-games compilations, and biographies. Most of these books are available for loan.

Chess Books: A Selected Bibliography

Center Case - Chess Exhibit
  • Edge, F.M.  Triumphs of Paul Morphy. New York, New York: Appleton, 1859. NYSL Call Number: Z 794, E23.
  • Reinfeld, Fred. Treasury of Chess Lore.  New York, New York: McKay, 1951.  NYSL Call Number: Z 794.1, R36t.
  • Bird, H.E. The Chess Openings. London, United Kingdom: Dean and Son, 1877.
    NYSL Call Number: Z 794.1, B61.
  • Clarke, P.H. Mikhail Tal's Best Games of Chess. New York, New York: Pitman, 1961.  NYSL Call Number:  Z 794.159, T152.

left case - chess exhibit
  • Fiske, D.W. The Book of the First American Chess Congress. New York, New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1859.  NYSL Call Number: Z 794, A51.
  • Rowland, F.F. Pollock Memories.  Dublin, Ireland: Author, 1899.  NYSL Call Number: Z 794, R88.
  • Hammond, Alex. The Book of Chessmen. New York, New York: Morrow, 1950. NYSL Call Number: Z 794.1, H225.
  • Damiano. Libro da Scachi. Nieuwkoop, Netherlands: Miland, 1967. NYSL Call Number:
    Z 794.1, D158.
  • Reshevsky, Samuel. Reshevsky on Chess. New York, New York: Chess Review, 1948. NYSL Call Number: 794.1, R433.

Right case - chess exhibit

  • Cho-yo. Japanese Chess. New York, New York: Press Club of Chicago, 1905. NYSL Call Number: Z 794.1, C545.
  • Alekhin, Alexander. My Best Games of Chess, 1908-1923. New York, New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1927. NYSL Call Number: 794.1, A366b.
  • Weart, Edith. The Royal Game. New York, New York: Vanguard, 1948. NYSL Call Number: Z 794.1, W362.
  • Yates, F.D. Modern Master-Play of Chess. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: McKay, 1930.  NYSL Call Number: Z 794.1, Y31.
  • Agnel, H.R. The Book of Chess.  New York, New York: Appleton, 1850.  NYSL Call Number: Z 794.1, A27.

 

Exhibit curated by Michael Meyer

Last Updated: March 2, 2018