Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Art & Mystery of the Chess Game - 100 Books on DVDROM


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Contents of Disk (created on a Windows computer)

The History of Chess from the time of the early invention of the game in India to its Establishment in Western and Central Europe by Duncan Forbes 1860

Chess Made Easy by George Walker 1839

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Chess-humanics - A Philosophy of Chess a Social Allegory, Parallelism Between the Game of Chess and our Larger Human Affairs by Wallace E Neville 1905

Chess for Beginners In a Series of Progressive Lessons - The Most Approved Methods for Beginning and Ending the Game, with Various Situations and Checkmates by William Lewis 1837

Chess and War, article in The Eclectic Magazine 1871

Chess Openings for Beginners by Edward Ernest Cunnington 1900 (with Illustrations)

The Modern Chess Instructor by W Steinitz 1889

The Psychology of Chess, article in The American Journal of Psychology 1907

Chess for Beginners by RB Swinton 1891

The Chess Primer (with Illustrations) by William Cook 1880

Chess by David Mitchell 1917 (with Illustrations)

Chess Gems  - Some of the Finest Examples of Chess Strategy by Ancient and Modern Masters by John A Miles 1860

Chess Fundamentals by Jose Raul Capablanca 1921 (with Illustrations)

The Art of Chess by James Mason 1895 (with Illustrations)

The Chess-Player's Handbook (with Illustrations) by Howard Staunton 1890 *

The Chess-player's Hand-book Containing a Full Account of the Game of Chess by Pierce Saxton 1844 *

Practical Chess Grammar by WS Kenny 1817 (with Illustrations)

Practical Chess Exercises Intended as a sequel to the practical chess grammar containing various openings, games, and situations for the use of those who have already a knowledge of the game by WS Kenney 1818 (with Illustrations)

Problems in Chess by John Wilkinson 1876 (with Illustrations)

Book of Chess Problems by John K. Hanshew 1874 (with Illustrations)

One Hundred Chess Problems by Arthur Cyril Pearson 1883 (with Illustrations)



A Treatise on the Game of Chess by William Lewis 1844 (containing an introduction to the game, and an analysis of the various openings of games, with several new modes of attack and defence to which are added 25 new chess problems on diagrams)

Mathematical Recreations and Essays by WW Rouse Ball 1920

Pollock Memories: A Collection of Chess Games, Problems by William Henry Krause Pollock 1899

Common Sense in Chess by Emanuel Lasker 1910

The Grand Tactics of Chess, an Exposition of the Laws and Principles of Chess Strategetics, the practical application of these laws and principles to the movement of forces; mobilization, development, manoeuvre, and operation by Franklin Young 1898

The Minor Tactics of Chess - a treatise on the development of the forces in obedience to strategic principle by FK young 1901

Chess Match Between Steinitz & Blackburne 1876 (William Steinitz was an Austrian and then American chess player and the first undisputed world chess champion from 1886 to 1894. From the 1870s onwards, commentators have debated whether Steinitz was effectively the champion earlier. Steinitz lost his title to Emanuel Lasker in 1894 and also lost a rematch in 1897)

Amusements in Mathematics by Henry E Dudeney 1917 (Chessboard Problems, The Chessboard, Statical Chess Puzzles, The Guarded Chessboard, Dynamical Chess Puzzles, Various Chess) Puzzles

Chess World Magazine 1868 (first 319 pages only)

Fifty Games at Chess which have actually been Played by W Lewis 1821

Chess problems by George E Carpenter 1886 (with Illustrations)

The Court-Gamester - Full and easy instructions for playing the games now in vogue 1722 by Richard Seymour

An easy introduction to the game of chess by Benjamin Franklin 1816

Morphy's Games of Chess by Paul Charles Morphy 1898

Scientific Amusements in philosophy and mathematics by William Enfield 1821 (To make the knight pass overall the squares of the chess board, without passing twice over the same)

Japanese Chess (shogni): the science and Art of War or Struggle by Cho-yo 1905

Chess Chips - Consisting of Anecdotes, essays and games by  J. Paul Taylor 1878

Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Mystery writer) 1898

Philosophy in sport made science in earnest by John Ayrton Paris 1827

The New Century Chess-book and Companion to the Chess Player's Pocket-book by James Mortimer 1901

The Chess-player's Companion by Howard Staunton 1849



Studies of chess by Peter Pratt, Volume 1, 1814*

Studies of chess by Peter Pratt, Volume 2, 1814

The Book of Chess containing the rudiments of the game, and elementary analyses of the most popular openings by HR Agnel 1858

Chess Sparks - Short and bright games of chess by John Henry Ellis 1895

Memorable Chess Games, brilliants and miniatures, with notes, queries and answers by W Moffatt 1913

Chess: Theory & Practice- containing the laws & history of the game together with an analysis of the openings, & a treatise of end games by Howard Staunton 1876

Analysis of the Game of Chess by FD Philidor 1824

The Philosophy of Chess By William Cluley 1857

Blindfold Chess: The Single Game, article in Studies in Psychology 1917

Chess in Iceland and in Icelandic Literature by Willard Fiske 1905

Maelzel's Chess Player by Edgar Allen Poe 1857

The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England from the earliest period by Joseph Strutt 1903 ("John de Vigney wrote a book which he called The Moralisation of Chess, wherein he assures us that this game was invented by a philosopher named Xerxes in the reign of Evil Merodach, king of Babylon, and was made known to that monarch in order to engage his attention and correct his manners."

Chess and Playing Cards by Stewart Culin 1898

The Chess Player's Chronicle by Howard Staunton 1841

Chancellor Chess - The New Game of Chess by Benjamin Foster 1889

Philosophy in Sport made Science in Earnest by John A Payris 1857

Chess Strategics Illustrated by Franklin K Young 1900

Chess Generalship by Franklin K Young 1910

The Game of Chess by Henry Chadwick 1895

The Principles of Chess in Theory and Practice by James Mason 1894

The Art of Chess-Play by George Walker 1846

Chess Openings by Frank James Marshall 1904

Chess Openings by Frederick William Longman 1870

Chess Openings by Robert Bownas Wormald 1875

Synopsis of Chess Openings, a Tabular Analysis by William Cooks 1884

Chess Openings Ancient and Modern by E Freeborough 1905

The Chess Player by George Walker 1841

Maxims and Hints on Angling, Chess, Shooting, and other Matters by Richard Penn 1842

The Game of the Chesse by William Caxion 1855 (reproduction of a very old book)

The Middle Game in Chess by Eugene Znosko-Borovskii 1922

Chess Strategy by Edward Lasker 1921

Chess and Chess-Players by George Walker 1850

Chess Praxis - A Supplement to the Chess Player's Handbook by H Staunton 1860

Games Ancient and Oriental and how to Play Them, being the games of the ancient Egyptians, the Hiera Gramme of the Greeks, the Ludus Latrunculorum of the Romans and the oriental games of chess, draughts, backgammon and magic squares by Edward Falkener 1892

Games of Skill 1861

Foster's Complete Hoyle 1916



The Players' Lexicon by AT Thayer 1877

Observations on the Origin and Progress of Chess by Duncan Forbes 1855

Chess, by a Tenth-Rate Plater, article in Lippincott's Magazine 1871

How to Play Chess by Charlotte Boardman Rogers 1907

Magic Squares and Cubes by WS Andrews 1917

Chess Stars: A Galaxy of Self-mates by John A Miles 1888

The Complete Guide to the Game of Draughts (Checkers) by James Lees 1892

Checker Classics by Errol A Smith 1922

Checkers by David A Mitchell 1918

Checkers a Treatise on the Game by A Howard Cady 1896

Checkers Improved by ST Livermore 1896

Checkers World Champions 1914

Checkers 1890

The Checker Primer 1887

The Elements of Draughts by IDJ Sweet 1859

Vocabulary of Checkers by William Timothy Call 1909

Plus you get the following books on Chess in Literature (Fiction):

Digby: Chess Professor By Charles Edward Barns 1889

Moxon's Master by Ambrose Bierce 1920

Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll 1910

The Mystery of the Downs by John Watson 1918

The Hamstead Mystery by John Watson 1916

The Maurice Mystery by John E Cooke 1885

Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Mystery writer) 1898

The Startling Exploits of Dr. J.B. Quies by Paul Celieres 1887 ("The world might fall into ruins around the Cafe de la Regence, where the chess-players congregate, and not one of them would seem to be aware of the occurrence.")

Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe 1846 ("A chess-player, for example, does the one without effort at the other. It follows that the game of chess, in its effects upon mental character, is greatly misunderstood. I am not now writing a treatise, but simply prefacing a somewhat peculiar narrative by observations very much at random; I will, therefore, take occasion to assert that the higher powers of the reflective intellect are more decidedly and more usefully tasked by the unostentatious game of draughts than by all the elaborate frivolity of chess.")

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1 comment:

  1. "All great generals have been chessplayers; and it is a curious fact, that the traditions of both the East and the West relate that chess was invented during a siege. The Hindu legend states that it was invented by the wife of Ravan, King of Ceylon, in order to amuse him with an image of war, while his metropolis was besieged by Ramah, in the second age of the world. The Western tradition, however, is more feasible. According to it, the game was invented by Palamedes, to amuse the Grecian warriors during the ten tedious years of the siege of Troy. Sinon, it is said, was one of the most celebrated of the Greek players, and derived the idea of the wooden horse, with which he finally check-mated the Trojans, from the knight of the chess-board.” ~ Chess and War

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