The Theory of Pawn Promotion

Author: White, Alain Campbell (1880-1951) from the library of Edgar Holladay

Publisher: The Chess Amateur

Location: Stroud

Year: 1912



247 pages with diagrams. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 1/4") issued in red pebbled cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. A C White's Christmas series volume XV with greeting and errata tipped in. From the library of Edgar Holladay (Betts: 31-8) First edition.

A study of problems based on pawn promotion and their development from the earliest times. 38 problems (the earliest date ca 850) illustrate the historical development. The main part of the work consists of a collection of 504 problems, with solutions and critiques, arranged by a detailed classification according to whether or not the promotions are made by white or black and for what purpose (direct attack, simple avoidance or stalemate, indirect avoidance of stalemate, direct defense, attempting self-stalemate, in self-mates, etc).

Holladay was the first American to become a FIDE International Master for Chess Composition; FIDE International Judge for Chess Composition; and "After Alain White's death, Edgar became the world's foremost expert on American chess problems." Moreover, Holladay is the "second overall most important American to the world of chess composition . . . ." (Alain White is the most important person ever in chess composition.)


Recased with original spine laid on, Holladay's extensive notes and original work sheets tipped in. A unique association copy in good condition with out jacket as issued.

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