The Chess Player

Author: Staunton, Howard (1810-1874)

Publisher: Henry G Bohn

Location: London

Year: 1849



xi+510 pages with diagrams and frontispiece. Small octavo (7" x 4 1/2") rebound in 3/4 leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering to spine. (Whyld and Ravillous: 1849:6) First edition.

Howard Staunton (April 1810–June 22, 1874) was an English chess master. Some argue that Staunton was the world's strongest player from 1843 to about 1851. He was also a newspaper chess columnist, chess book author, and minor Shakespearean scholar. He gave his name to the style of chess pieces which he endorsed. The Staunton chess set is now the official FIDE standard for playing sets. Future World Champion Bobby Fischer, today generally regarded as one of the greatest players in history, wrote in a 1964 article that Staunton was one of the ten greatest players in history. Fischer explained, "Staunton was the most profound opening analyst of all time. He was more theorist than player, but nonetheless he was the strongest player of his day. Playing over his games, I discover that they are completely modern; where Morphy and Steinitz rejected the fianchetto, Staunton embraced it. In addition, he understood all of the positional concepts which modern players hold dear, and thus-with Steinitz-must be considered the first modern player."


Provenance "Brooklyn Public Library" with their perforated stamp on tile and stamp on half title verso, repaired tear at heal edge of title and frontispiece else a about a very good copy.

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