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.
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
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.
Fiske, D.W. The Book of the First American Chess Congress. New York, New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1859. NYSL Call Number: Z 794, A51.