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  • Wayne Komer
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    Chess Books at Auction

    Chess Books at Auction

    October 12, 2017

    One-of-a-kind chess items often come up for auction. I thought it might be interesting to ChessTalk members to see what has appeared recently.

    1) Chess book signed by Humphrey Bogart starting bid $150

    It is the Fifth edition of Modern Chess Openings by Griffith and White, Completely Revised by P.W. Sergeant, R. C. Griffith and M.E. Goldstein. Whitehead & Miller, Leeds (1932)

    Autograph appraised and authenticated in 1998

    “This is a chess book presumably owned by Humphrey Bogart. Bogart was a 2100 ranked player. (google it)

    The book is in tattered shape but the collectable value to the right individual is “priceless””

    Winning Bid $666 US (4 bids)

    2) David DeLucia is downsizing his collection. These are items he now longer wants:

    a) Bobby Fischer manuscript draft of letter to Osama bin Laden – Rare

    Starting bid $7,500 US

    Text: Dear Mr. Osama bin Laden. Urgently like to get in direct contact with you regarding the U.S. government sanctioned mega-robbery of all his memorabilia and other belonging by the Bekins Moving and Storage Co in Pasadena, California collusion with Mr. Bob Ellsworth

    0 bids

    b) Bobby Fischer’s personal copy of Chessworld, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 1964

    Starting bid $1000 US

    Chessworld. New York, 1964. Vol.1, nos. 1. Editor and publisher, Frank Brady. This was Bobby Fischer's personal copy stamped Bobby Fischer on p.39. From the estate of Bobby Fischer. A great association item. Ex Libris David DeLucia.

    Fischer wrote, for this issue, an article entitled "The Ten Greatest Masters in History".

    0 bids

    c) Bobby Fischer address book page with his chess moves 16-33.

    “Rare address book page of Bobby Fischer. Among other writings, Bobby writes chess moves 16-33, possibly from chess game Cvetkovic-Gligoric, Lugano 1983. In various chess bases, the game is given as a 17-move draw. Initially, I thought this might be analysis of Bobby's but most likely Bobby found the rest of the game.”

    The game from a database:

    Lugano Olympiad, 1983
    Cvetkovic, Srdjan – Gligoric, Svetozar
    A33 English, Symmetrical variation

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 c5 4.c4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Nc3 Qb6 7.Nb3 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bg2 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Be7 11.O-O O-O 12.Be3 Qc7 13.Nd4 Rd8 14.Qa4 Bd7 15.Nxc6 Bxc6 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Rab1 1/2-1/2

    From Bobby’s notebook:

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 c5 4.c4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Nc3 Qb6 7.Nb3 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bg2 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Be7 11.O-O O-O 12.Be3 Qc7 13.Nd4 Rd8 14.Qa4 Bd7 15.Nxc6 Bxc6 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Rab1 h5 18.Rb3 Rd5 19.Rfb1 Ra5 20.Qc4 Qd6 21.Rb7 Bf6 22.Bd4 Bxd4 23.cxd4 Rd5 24.e3 c5 25.dxc5 Rxc5 26.Qe4 Rd5 27.Qf4 Qxf4 28.exf4 Rd2 29.Rb8+ Rxb8 30.Rxb8+ Kh7 31.Rb7 Rxa2 32.Rxf7 Kg6 33.Rb7 Kf6 1/2-1/2

    0 bids

    d) Bobby Fischer Postcard signed by Bobby Fischer and Pal Benko

    Opening bid $500 US

    Bobby Fischer Picture Postcard signed by Bobby Fischer and Pal Benko. The game presented on this postcard is an interesting one as Bobby included it in his classic work, "My 60 Memorable Games" against the objections of Benko. Pal told me that he had been out the night before trying to score with a beautiful woman. He didn't get any sleep and proceeded to play this game, which he lost in 21 moves. Pal asked Bobby not to put this game in his book but Bobby declined his request.

    Sold for $500 US (one bid)

    e) Original Bobby Fischer passport photos – From his estate

    Opening bid $500 US

    Two original passport photos of Bobby Fischer. From his estate.

    0 bids

    f) Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess with Bobby Fischer’s Signature

    Opening bid $150

    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. First edition. Basic Systems, 1966. Fischer signature pasted onto front flyleaf. Ex Libris David DeLucia

    Winning bid $150 US

    g) Bobby Fischer Uncensored. Paperback Edition

    Opening bid $100 US

    Bobby Fischer Uncensored by David and Alessandra DeLucia. Privately published, 2009. This is the paperback edition.

    Selling price $129.50 US (2 bids)

    The 2009 hardcover edition had a selling price of $350.

  • Wayne Komer
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    Chess Books at Auction

    August 14, 2019

    A curious item up for auction on eBay today.

    Chess master BOBBY FISCHER probable Autograph on Card kept in 1965 Book by Brady

    Bobby Fischer to Ray (printed)

    Starting bid: US $350

    Description

    Hi - this is the first time on eBay for this item, so I'll only be considering offers at or above the opening bid price, thanks.

    (Also, if you do make an offer, please make it good for at least 48 hours, as I sometimes miss ones that are only valid for 24 hours. Thx!)

    This past weekend I bought about 2 dozen vintage books about chess at a local swap meet, and when I got them home and started going through them, I found this card inside the 1965 hardcover, "Profiles of a Prodigy: The Life and Games of Bobby Fischer" by Frank Brady.

    The card measures approx. 3 in. by 5 in.

    I have no idea if there's any connection, age-wise or otherwise, between the book and the autograph card, other than one having been the safekeeping place for the other, but I'm including the book in this lot, just in case I'm missing some connection between them.

    It seems likely to me that the signature is genuine for a few reasons:

    1 - It's singed to someone - it appears to say, "Ray"... possibly, "Kay" ... which implies that Ray (or Kay) was present when it was signed.

    2 - If someone was going to bother faking such a signature, wouldn't it have made more sense to have done it in this, or some other, book?

    3 - It compares favorably to one that's currently being offered for sale on eBay - item # 18370896708

    Condition - light edge wear; some mild yellowing mostly on the RH side of the card; the book is in pretty good condition and its dust jacket in fair condition with some short tears, some corner wear, some wrinkles and some yellowing.

    Thanks for bidding!

    ____________

    I think this item is speculative at best. I would be surprised if anyone put out $350 for it.

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  • Erik Malmsten
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    Lombardy could have used that money in the last years of his life.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    Chess Books at Auction

    July 10, 2019

    My 60 Memorable Games – William Lombardy’s Copy and the First Copy Signed 1st 1969

    Price: US $49,500

    Shipping: $50.00

    The inscription reads:

    Bobby Fischer

    Thanks a lot for your help and patience

    To Bill

    {Sept. 1st 1972) First Autograph of Bobby Fischer as World Champion

    Saemi Palsson (signed)
    William Lombardy (signed)}

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/My-60-Memor...60ec%7Ciid%3A1

    My 60 Memorable Games (William Lombardy's Copy and the First Copy Bobby Fischer Signed as World Champion) SIGNED

    Author: Bobby Fischer

    Title: My 60 Memorable Games (William Lombardy's Copy and the First Copy Bobby Fischer Signed as World Champion)

    Publication: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1969.

    Description: Hardcover. ****AN EXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF CHESS HISTORY**** AND ONE OF THE TOWERING ASSOCIATION COPIES IN THE GAME'S VAST LITERATURE. WARMLY inscribed (in itself very unusual) by the newly-minted World Champion to William Lombardy, Bobby Fischer's "second" at Reykjavik and the man widely credited with convincing an overwrought Fischer to move forward and play the match. As with most of Fischer's relationships, his friendship with Lombardy was complicated and experienced many highs and lows. But the fact remains that Lombardy played a major role as coach and mentor in Fischer's development as a world-class player and provided much-needed stability during Bobby's early years.

    Fully aware of Fischer's tight-fisted ways, Lombardy was understandably looking for compensation for the time and toil he had invested in the Fischer-Spassky match and he set his sights on this historic copy of "My 60 Memorable Games". By making sure that he could secure Bobby's very first signature as World Champion --and in an expressive, personalized inscription no less-- he understood that he would own a piece of chess immortality, a physical talisman for the ages.

    To further mark the significance of the signing, Lombardy verified in his own hand that this indeed was Fischer's first signature as World Champion and he even had Saemi Palsson (Fischer's bodyguard and the Chief of the Reykjavik Police Department) sign this copy as well as a witness to history.

    On top of the remarkable history attached to it, this copy is also a very solid example of the 1969 stated 1st printing. Clean and Near Fine in a crisp, price-intact ($6.95), VG+ dustjacket, with just a bit of light chipping along the panel edges. Thick octavo, "with introductions to the games by International Grandmaster Larry Evans".

    ONE OF THE GREAT FISCHER PIECES EVER TO REACH THE MARKET AND ONE OF THE TRUE RARITIES TO EMERGE --ALMOST 50 YEARS LATER-- FROM THE EPIC 1972 STRUGGLE IN REYKJAVIK. Near Fine / Very Good +.

    Seller ID: 14843

    Subject: Chess

    Appledore Books

    Waccabuc, NY

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  • Wayne Komer
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    Chess Books at Auction

    March 6, 2019

    Forum Auctions of London, Rome, Milan and New York has a sale coming up of interesting chess material.

    https://www.forumauctions.co.uk/5347...iew=lot_detail

    Some of the more interesting ones:

    Lot 124
    Chess.- Lopez de Sigura (Ruy) Il giuoco de gli scacchi, first Italian edition, Venice, Cornelio Arrivabene, 1584.

    £2,000 - 3,000

    Chess.- Lopez de Sigura (Ruy) Il giuoco de gli scacchi, translated from the Spanish by Giovanne Domenico Tarsia, collation: *4 A-Z4 Aa-Dd4, first edition in Italian, title with woodcut printer's device, woodcut illustrations of a board and pieces, woodcut historiated and decorative initials, light water-staining at foot, occasional spotting, lightly browned, contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties, soiled, [LN372; Adams L1475; EDIT 16 CNCE 29870], small 4to, Venice, Cornelio Arrivabene, 1584.

    ⁂ The scarce first Italian edition of this classic of the chess canon, with a distinguished provenance. Lopez gave his name to the most popular of all chess openings. His book was the first chess book to follow Damiano's small treatise of 1512. The first part deals with the origin and utility of chess, the second part provides a miscellaneous collection of openings and the third and fourth parts are a severe critique of Damiano, with corrections of his moves, and new openings included.

    Provenance: Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa, 1818-1899, chess master, historian and theoretician (armorial bookplate with initials and 'N:t 3006 / (344) and dated 1884and his ms. notes to inside front cover and p.133); Albrecht Buschke (acquired in Munich in 1935. It is identified on p.100 of his typescript 1938 catalogue); sold by Buschke to Karl A. Baer (an invoice dated 11/16/54 is loosely inserted in the volume).

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    Lot 145
    Alekhine v. Capablanca.- Alekhine (Alexander) Autograph Letter signed to Brian Harley, October 1928, giving copies of correspondence proving his willingness to give Capablanca a rematch for the World Title.

    £750 - 1,000

    Alekhine v. Capablanca.- Alekhine (Alexander, Russian and French chess player and the fourth World Chess Champion, 1892-1946) Autograph Letter signed to Brian Harley, 1½pp., 4to, Paris, 15th October 1928, giving copies of correspondence proving his willingness to give Capablanca a rematch for the World Title, "I suppose these three copies will be the best answer to what interests you and will show my sincere desire to defend my title against anybody who will seriously try to attack it "; and 5 typed copies of the correspondence, folds, browned (6).

    ⁂ José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera (1888-1942), Cuban chess player was World Chess Champion from 1921 to 1927. He was beaten by Alexander Alekhine in 1927 and this correspondence shows the attempts by both men to arrange a new match, which never came to pass and was the subject of much bitterness by Capablanca.

    Brian Harley (1883-1955 ), British chess composer, and chess columnist for The Observer.

    +++++++++++

    Lot 125
    Chess.- Greco (Gioachino) Primo modo del gioco de Partito che giocandosi spesso occorrono li veri giochi & anco questi giochi de Partito sono tratti necessarij, perche al fin del giocho spesso occorrono essendo in essi molti tratti bellissimi & occulti, manuscript, France, [?Paris], 1624 or 1625.

    £20,000 - 30,000

    Chess.- Greco (Gioachino) Primo modo del gioco de Partito che giocandosi spesso occorrono li veri giochi & anco questi giochi de Partito sono tratti necessarij, perche al fin del giocho spesso occorrono essendo in essi molti tratti bellissimi & occulti, col'istesso ordine delle Pedine. Composto per Gioachino Greco Calabrese, 62 ff., unfoliated, title within an oval floral and foliate border, a putto at the top (smudged in places); border framing the opening of text on fol. 2r., a few annotations in French to the final blank leaves, not relating to the text, with the names 'Robert' and 'Louis' inked on the verso of the first leaves and at the end, along with some pen trials, contemporary French, possibly Parisian binding, gilt-tooled brown morocco over pasteboards, covers within two elaborate frames; cornerpieces, large fleuron, flat spine, richly tooled, head of spine repaired in a lighter coloured brown modern calf, rubbed, 126 x 84mm., binding 129 x 91mm., France, [?Paris], 1624 or 1625.

    ⁂ A collection of partiti, or 'chess problems' by one of the most important figures in the history of chess, Gioachino Greco (1590/1600 - ca. 1630) called 'The Calabrian', from his hometown Celico, near Cosenza.

    Greco is considered the first professional chess player. He wrote in 1619/1620 his Trattato del nobilissimo gioco de scacchi, which circulated widely in manuscript, and was highly appreciated in the whole of Europe. He travelled extensively through France, England, and Spain. The highly commercial Greco often compiled small-format manuscripts for presentation to wealthy patrons, generally written, as here, in Italian by copyists and variously decorated by local artists. Each volume was produced according to a patron's individual preferences, a feature which increases significantly the interest and value of Greco's manuscripts in their individuality. Moreover, although the vogue to buy such pocket handbooks was widespread, only a small number of them have survived, owing to their extensive use.

    The present manuscript was produced in France, and in all likelihood in Paris, the city to which Greco had returned in 1624, after his successful stay in London. The manuscript is undated, but its handsome gilt-tooled binding, recalling Le Gascon's style, and the floral border framing the title confidently indicate the years 1624-1625 as date of its production. It is one of Greco's earliest manuscripts recorded by Sanvito in his reference work I codici scacchistici di Giulio Cesare Polerio and Gioacchino Greco. Similar manuscripts are found in institutional libraries, including the British Library, the Bodleian and the Bibliothèque Nationale. The one preserved in the National Library in Lisbon (MS H.I.3) bears the same title as ours, Primo modo del gioco de Partito.

    J. G. White, Greco and his Manuscripts. Giachino Greco 1600-1634. 300th Anniversary of the Writing of the First Manuscript 1619-1919, Philadelphia 1919; D. Hooper - K. Whyld, The Oxford Companion to Chess, Oxford 1996, pp. 133, 158-159; A. Sanvito I codici scacchistici di Giulio Cesare Polerio e Gioacchino Greco, Brescia 2005.

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    Lot 129
    Chess.- Hyde (Thomas) De ludis orientalibus libri duo, quorum prior est duabus partibus, viz. 1, Historia Shahiludii Latinè; deinde 2, Historia Shahiludii Heb. Lat. per tres Judæos. Liber posterior continet Historiam Reliquorum Ludorum Orientis, Oxford, Sheldonian Theatre, 1694.

    £1,000 - 1,500

    Chess.- Hyde (Thomas)De ludis orientalibus libri duo, quorum prior est duabus partibus, viz. 1, Historia Shahiludii Latinè; deinde 2, Historia Shahiludii Heb. Lat. per tres Judæos. Liber posterior continet Historiam Reliquorum Ludorum Orientis, 3 parts in 1 (parts misbound, but work complete), 3 folding engraved plates (one of Chinese text, 2 of chessboards), engraved and woodcut illustrations (including chess pieces), with final blank, a few repairs to Chinese plate, with minor loss to are near lower left corner, some staining and spotting, lightly browned, contemporary vellum, [LN173; Wing H3877, H3875; Cordier, Sinica 3142], 8vo, Oxford, Sheldonian Theatre, 1694.

    ⁂ One of the first scholarly works devoted to Chess, and other Oriental games including backgammon, draughts and dice. Includes texts in Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew. Hyde was an Orientalist and later became Bodleian Librarian.

    Provenance: F. Pedrosy (ink inscription to front pastedown); Samuel Barrett (engraved armorial bookplate);

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    Lots of interesting stuff for the chess historian or collector. You can actually go to Lot 145 and see the first page of the letter signed by Alekhine, expand the image and read his words. How cool is that?!

    https://www.forumauctions.co.uk/5345...iew=lot_detail

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  • Wayne Komer
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    Chess Books at Auction

    December 22, 2018

    Another chess set, for sale – not for auction.

    And the cost is astronomical 95000 Euro. This is 147,100 CAD presently.


    Mikhail Tal's Large Amber Chess Set

    Dear chess friends and collectors, we bring to your consideration a rarity of great historic and antique value. It's Mikhail Tal's Amber Chess Set.

    The Chess Set was made of natural lump amber and was given to the new world champion Mikhail Tal on May 16, 1960
    (after the famous match Botvinnik - Tal, which ended on May 7) at a reception by the first secretary of the Communist Party of Latvia Arvid Pel'she.

    The uniqueness of this game of the Chess Set is not only that they were made of natural lump amber (most of amber chess sets are made of fused amber), but also because it's a gift of the Latvian government to the brilliant chess player in his days of triumph.

    This Amber Chess Set was cataloged in famous Isaak Linder's book The Art of Chess Pieces.

    The Chess Set is from M. Tal's family and right now is located in Europe. Clicking the following link you can find photographs of Tal's Chess Set:

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folde..._xy9GmHzxr5mso

    The price of this Chess Set is 95000 EUR.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    Chess Books at Auction

    December 8, 2018

    I can remember reading stories of labor camps during WWII, where the prisoners fashioned chess pieces out of bread and played with them.

    There are photos online of sets that were used in concentration camps.

    Never have I thought of a commercial set these days with pieces made out of bread, but I saw one such up for auction today:

    Russian Bread Chess Pieces. Set №4: «Jailhouse. Guards vs Prisoners»

    Material: Bread

    King height: approx. 120 mm

    Pawn height: approx. 62 mm

    Chess piece base diameter: approx. 32 mm

    Total number of chess pieces: 32 pieces

    Chess board: not included

    Country of Manufacture: Russian Federation

    _________

    There are recognizable figures that appear to be of moulded dough, coloured and glazed. If you didn’t know they were made of bread, you would swear that they are made of painted and glazed china!

    Starting bid 200 USD

    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Russian-Brea....c100752.m1982

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    Chess pieces made of ice

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  • Egidijus Zeromskis
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    Maybe someone is interested in

    The first Canadian Open Chess Championship 1956 by Yanofski

    http://www.chesslund.com/detail.asp?...-Montreal-1956

    The first Canadian Open Chess Championship, 1956. One plate with a portrait. 92 selected games from the tournament without annotations. No diagrams. Descriptive notation. Round-by-round reports. Final standings. Players index. Round-by-round individual results. Evans won in front of Lombardy. 2 leaves with ads, 105 pages. 28 cm. Typescript printed recto an verso. Pamphlet, stapled. Montreal, Canadian Open Chess Championship Committee, 1957. Betts 25 - 250.

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  • Hans Jung
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    Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post
    Chess Books at Auction

    June 22, 2018

    There seem to be any number of books out there signed by a multiplicity of grandmasters.

    This is presently on eBay:

    Chess. 1981. Autographs. 12 grandmasters signed the book

    Price: US $2,000

    Buy It Now or Make Offer

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chess-1981-...be2c%7Ciid%3A1

    Description

    12 grandmasters signed the book "Interzonal tournaments "Riga 79". "Rio de Janeiro 79" (publisher Moscow. Physical education and sport. 1980. The author Chepizhny V., Circulation of 100 000, 415 page, with illustrations. Russian language. Format 220x140 mm, Weight 540 g)

    These 12 original autographs I received personally from February 23 to February 28, 1981 in Moscow, in the weightlifting Palace of the Army Central Sports Club (Moscow, Leningradsky prospect, 39). On this day, the first round of the 2nd match tournament of the USSR national teams was held.

    Signature on the front flyleaf of the book:

    1. Karpov A. (23.05.1951), ex-world champion
    2. Kasparov G. (13.04.1963), ex-world champion
    3. M. Chiburdanidze (17.01.1961), ex-world champion
    4. Petrosyan T. (17.06.1929 – 13.08.2004), ex-world champion
    5. Smyslov V. (24.03.1921 – 27.03.2010), ex-world champion
    6. Taimanov M. (07.02.1926 – 28.11.2016)
    7. Geller E. (08.03.1925 – 17.11.1998)
    8. Bronstein D. (19.02.1924 – 05.12.2006)
    9. Belyavsky A. (17.12.1953)
    10. Polugaevsky L. (20.11.1934 – 30.08.2005)
    11. B. Spassky (30.01.1937), ex-world champion
    12. Tal M. (09.11.1936 – 28.06.1992), ex-world champion.

    Signatures A. Karpov, G. Kasparov and M. Chiburdanidze I have outlined their names next to the signatures.

    Signature of T. Petrosian, Smyslov V., M. Taimanov, Geller, E., Bronstein, D., Belyavsky A., Polugaevsky L., B. Spassky, M. Тal, I numbered their names are listed on the Verso of the title page of the book.

    Information about holding from 22 to 28 February 1981, the 2nd Match-tournament of the USSR national teams in chess is available in the book " Chess. Encyclopedic dictionary", page 241 (editor-in-chief A. E. Karpov, Soviet encyclopedia edition. Moscow. One thousand nine hundred ninety):

    "2nd match tournament, 22-28.2.1981. Dedicated to the 26th Congress of the CPSU. Participants-1st, 2nd youth teams of the USSR and the senior team. Participants: world Champions among men and women, 3 ex-world Champions, 28 international grandmasters, 2 international masters and 1 master of sports of the USSR. The game was played on 8 boards in 2 circles.

    _________

    OVERALL RESULTS.… : Individual results: Karpov-3.5 points out of 6......"

    (see 3 photos of the book fragment).
    Is there any way to find out how much this book went for (bid $2000) without going to e-bay?

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  • Wayne Komer
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    Chess Books at Auction

    August 15, 2018

    On eBay today. I have not altered a word or spelling!

    chess-board-set-is-not-working-it-can-be-fix-I-drop-it-and-it-stop-working

    US $7.40

    I drop it and it stop working the name is CHESS CHAMPION 2150 and it has sisty four level it has 72K MEMORY AUTO PLAY it from RADIO SHACK it can be fix

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  • Wayne Komer
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    Chess Books at Auction

    June 22, 2018

    There seem to be any number of books out there signed by a multiplicity of grandmasters.

    This is presently on eBay:

    Chess. 1981. Autographs. 12 grandmasters signed the book

    Price: US $2,000

    Buy It Now or Make Offer

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chess-1981-...be2c%7Ciid%3A1

    Description

    12 grandmasters signed the book "Interzonal tournaments "Riga 79". "Rio de Janeiro 79" (publisher Moscow. Physical education and sport. 1980. The author Chepizhny V., Circulation of 100 000, 415 page, with illustrations. Russian language. Format 220x140 mm, Weight 540 g)

    These 12 original autographs I received personally from February 23 to February 28, 1981 in Moscow, in the weightlifting Palace of the Army Central Sports Club (Moscow, Leningradsky prospect, 39). On this day, the first round of the 2nd match tournament of the USSR national teams was held.

    Signature on the front flyleaf of the book:

    1. Karpov A. (23.05.1951), ex-world champion
    2. Kasparov G. (13.04.1963), ex-world champion
    3. M. Chiburdanidze (17.01.1961), ex-world champion
    4. Petrosyan T. (17.06.1929 – 13.08.2004), ex-world champion
    5. Smyslov V. (24.03.1921 – 27.03.2010), ex-world champion
    6. Taimanov M. (07.02.1926 – 28.11.2016)
    7. Geller E. (08.03.1925 – 17.11.1998)
    8. Bronstein D. (19.02.1924 – 05.12.2006)
    9. Belyavsky A. (17.12.1953)
    10. Polugaevsky L. (20.11.1934 – 30.08.2005)
    11. B. Spassky (30.01.1937), ex-world champion
    12. Tal M. (09.11.1936 – 28.06.1992), ex-world champion.

    Signatures A. Karpov, G. Kasparov and M. Chiburdanidze I have outlined their names next to the signatures.

    Signature of T. Petrosian, Smyslov V., M. Taimanov, Geller, E., Bronstein, D., Belyavsky A., Polugaevsky L., B. Spassky, M. Тal, I numbered their names are listed on the Verso of the title page of the book.

    Information about holding from 22 to 28 February 1981, the 2nd Match-tournament of the USSR national teams in chess is available in the book " Chess. Encyclopedic dictionary", page 241 (editor-in-chief A. E. Karpov, Soviet encyclopedia edition. Moscow. One thousand nine hundred ninety):

    "2nd match tournament, 22-28.2.1981. Dedicated to the 26th Congress of the CPSU. Participants-1st, 2nd youth teams of the USSR and the senior team. Participants: world Champions among men and women, 3 ex-world Champions, 28 international grandmasters, 2 international masters and 1 master of sports of the USSR. The game was played on 8 boards in 2 circles.

    _________

    OVERALL RESULTS.… : Individual results: Karpov-3.5 points out of 6......"

    (see 3 photos of the book fragment).

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  • Wayne Komer
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    Chess Books at Auction

    June 20, 2018

    A possibly unique collection of chess tournament books is up for auction.

    See:

    http://www.chesslund.com/detail.asp?...congress-books

    Collection of 350 tournament, match and congress books

    Very extensive collection with rare and precious specimens.

    The collection contains many original first editions, rare and expensive copies, copies signed by the writer, printed signatures of grandmasters, signatures of famous chess book collectors such as Nielsen but also more recent collectors.

    The books differ, some are hardcover, some softcover and some entirely of paper. All copies are complete and thus all images, photos and portraits are present. (491 pictures)

    More pictures can be found here:

    https://gielkortman.nl/tournament-books/

    All covers are photographed, some of the books also the first page and an extra photo. Please view the photos carefully to form your opinion.

    Seventy titles taken at random:

    No Venue Year

    1 Wiener Internationale1873
    2 St. Petersburg 1895
    3 Lasker vs Marshal1907
    4 Lasker vs Tarrasch 1908
    5 Karlsbad1911
    6 Stockholm 1912
    7 Temesvar1912
    8 Rice Memorial New York 1916
    9 Kaschau 1918
    10 Goteborg1919
    11 Alechin-Teichmann1921
    12 Bad Piestany1922
    13 Teplitz Schonau 1922
    14 Hastings1922
    15 Scheveningen1923
    16 Paris 1925
    17 Baden Baden 1925
    18 Semmering 1926
    19 Hannover1926
    20 Semmering 1926
    21 Kecskemet 1927
    22 Berlin 1928
    23 Wien1928
    24 Bad Kissingen 1928
    25 Karlsbad1929
    26 San Remo1930
    27 Bern 1932
    28 Warsaw Olympiad 1935
    29 Amsterdam 1936
    30 Nottingham 1936
    31 Stockholm 1937
    32 Prag1937
    33 Euwe-Aljechin 1937
    34 Bad Oeynhausen 1938
    35 Noordwijk 1938
    36 Munich 1941
    37 Salzburg1942
    38 Prag1942
    39 Prag1943
    40 Salzburg1943
    41 World Chess Championship 1943
    42 Hastings1946
    43 Moscow v Prague 1946
    44 Zaanstreek 1946
    45 Mar del Plata 1947
    46 Sextangular Tournament Buenos Aires 1947
    47 New York1948
    48 Den Haag-Moskou 1948
    49 Dutch Championship 1950
    50 Staunton Centenary 1951
    51 Reggio Emilia 1951
    52 Helsinki Olympiad1952
    53 Goteborg 1955
    54 Dr. Dyckhoff Fernschach-Gedenkturnier 1956
    55 Wageningen Zonal Turnier 1957
    56 Lessing J. Rosenwald New York1963
    57 Sousse, Tunisia 1967
    58 Maribor 1967
    59 Kizlovodsk 1968
    60 Soviet Union vs Rest of the World 1970
    61 Netanya 1971
    62 USSR Championship Moscow 1973
    63 Sochi 1973
    64 Nice Olympiad 1974
    65 Tallinn 1977
    66 Tilburg 1978
    67 Niksic 1978
    68 Buenos Aires Olympiad1978
    69 Montreal1979
    70 Riga Interzonal 1979


    The total weight is 75 kg. and the entire lot will be sent by registered mail in 4 or 5 shipping boxes. Therefore check the shipping costs for your country.

    SHIPMENT COSTS

    All the items will be packed save and send with registered mail.

    75 KG

    Netherlands € 120,00 / € 200,00

    Europe . € 200,00 / € 300,00

    World . € 475,00 / € 600,00

    PAYMENT DETAILS


    Current Bid:€5 959,00

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    Currently, the initial bid is about 9175 CAD.

    The seller at the Lund Auction site is listed as Gielcasper. At least one dedication in the photos is to G.J. Cieraad, a chess book collector from Gouda. He may have started the collection.
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    Please note that I am reporting on various chess auctions and not auctioning books off myself (Heaven forbid!!)
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 03:01 PM.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    Re: Chess Books at Auction

    Chess Books at Auction

    April 10, 2018

    I am indebted to Michael Clapham's blog for information about the Bonham's sale of two Fischer books inscribed to William Lombardy:

    http://chessbookchats.blogspot.ca

    See Bonhams:

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24254/lot/1076/

    Lot 1076

    FISCHER, BOBBY. 1943-2008

    "An outstanding collection of items relating to Fischer's epic victory over Boris Spassky (b.1937) at the World Championships in 1972, including an original watercolor by Halldor Petursson of Fischer and Spassky, as follows:

    1. My 60 Memorable Games. New York: Simon and Schuster, (1969). 8vo. Some wear to jacket.
    FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED TO HIS COACH BILL [LOMBARDY] ON THE OCCASION OF HIS FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, "thanks a lot for your help and patience." Annotated and signed by Lombardy, "Sept 1st, 1972/ First autograph of Bobby Fischer as World Champion." Bill Lombardy was Fischer's coach from the age of 11 1/2 through the World Championships of 1972, ending on September 1st when Fischer famously defeated Boris Spassky, an event, Garry Kasparov noted, "treated on both sides of the Atlantic as a crushing moment in the... cold war."

    2. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. New York: Basic Systems, (1966). Illustrated boards, without d.j. as issued. Cracking to joints, some soiling.
    FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY FISCHER, BILL LOMBARDY'S COPY, with his signature to paste-down.

    3. Signed traveller's check ("Bobby Fischer"), accomplished in Fischer's hand to Bill Lombardy, and endorsed by Lombardy to the verso.

    4. Five Icelandic postal covers, each signed by both Fischer and Lombardy, dated 2.VII.1972 to 1.IX.1972 and numbered, with various representations of Fischer-Spassky, and including one dated the day of Fischer's momentous victory.

    5. Original watercolor by Halldor Petursson, depicting Fischer and Spassky, along with Lombardy, lettered in English, pen and ink with watercolor, 367 x 478 mm, inscribed by the artist to "Grandmaster William Lombardy", Reykjavik, July 1972, lower right, small tear to left hand margin, not affecting image.
    BEAUTIFUL WATERCOLOR DEPICTING A VICTORIOUS FISCHER emerging from a doorway marked "Ping Pong" and being tended to by Lombardy, while a beaten and worn Spassky stumbles away, cradling his crown. Petursson created some of the most iconic images of the World Championships with a series of 18 cartoons published as post cards. He annotates "(Rev) William Lombardy" beneath his image, and inscribes the painting in the month of their first matches at the world Championships. As Spassky won the first match, and was awarded the second on a forfeit, one can only imagine that this was accomplished only after Fischer beat Spassky for the first time in his life in game 3, before going undefeated in the next six matches throughout late July."

    There are good photos of the items on the Bonhams site.

    The lot sold for Sold for US$ 1,875 (CA$ 2,396) inc. premium, which I consider a bargain.

    Michael adds this note: "Lombardy's inscribed copy of My 60 Memorable Games was sold, along with some other items, at Bonhams, New York last December for $1,875. I understand that this copy of Fischer's book is now being advertised for sale for $50,000!"
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    On the Bonham's site there is an old auction, from June 10, 2009

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/17109/lot/3372/

    Lot 3372

    "Library of books and documents derived from the Pasadena storage unit where Fischer's belongings were held after 1992. Fischer had defied the U.N. embargo against travel to Yugoslavia for his re-match against Boris Spassky and never again returned to the U.S."

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  • Vlad Drkulec
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    Re: Re : Re: Chess Books at Auction

    Originally posted by Louis Morin View Post
    Actually, this is NOT an auction with a starting price of $4,500. Anybody willing to pay $4,500 gets the lot.

    At about $1.00 per book. this offer seems good, but who needs up to 1792 copies of the same title?
    It will go for a lot less than $4500.

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  • Louis Morin
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    Re : Re: Chess Books at Auction

    Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post

    Well, today, on eBay, an auction was announced, with a starting price of $4,500 for 94 boxes containing 3976 mint chess books. 20 of the boxes are full of Chess Life magazines.
    Actually, this is NOT an auction with a starting price of $4,500. Anybody willing to pay $4,500 gets the lot.

    At about $1.00 per book. this offer seems good, but who needs up to 1792 copies of the same title?

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