En Passant: Chess Games and Studies [SIGNED]
En Passant: Chess Games and Studies [SIGNED]
En Passant: Chess Games and Studies [SIGNED]
En Passant: Chess Games and Studies [SIGNED]
En Passant: Chess Games and Studies [SIGNED]

En Passant: Chess Games and Studies [SIGNED]

Edinburgh: Printed by Morrison and Gibb, 1937. First Edition. Wrappers. A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing, in the Publisher's original wrappers (some general signs of use and scattered foxing, some well-done repairs to the spine), in a Very Good + dust jacket (some well-done repairs, primarily to the spine panel and to the front and rear panel corners), SIGNED BY G. KOLTANOWSKI on the half-title and there dated by him "0/2/1938:", the year following publication. George Koltanowski was a Belgian-born expert player of chess who was Belgian Chess Champion in 1923, 1927, 1930, and 1936 and became Belgium's best chess player, an International Master and an honorary Grandmaster. An active promoter of chess, he toured often in order to give exhibitions of simultaneous play, often playing blindfolded and, survived the Holocaust because he was on a chess tour -- and was in Guatemala -- when World War II broke out. In 1940, after seeing Koltanowski giving an exhibition in Cuba, the United States Consul determined to grant him an American Visa. Prior to that, in Edinburgh on September 20, 1937 (the place and year of the publication of this book), Koltanowski set the world's blindfold chess record by playing 34 games simultaneously while blindfolded -- a feat which brought him worldwide fame. In 1960, he set another record by playing 56 consecutive blindfold games at ten seconds per move. In short, it was Koltanowski's love for chess, and his love for giving entertaining exhibitions of it in order to promote the game, that saved his life. Copies of the book are quite uncommon to the market, copies in the original dust jacket are especially difficult to find, copies signed by Koltanowski are quite scarce, and copies of the book both in the dust jacket and signed by Koltanowski are as scarce as hen's teeth. AN EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE COPY IN THE DUST JACKET AND SIGNED BY G. KOLTANOWSKI. Very good / very good +. Item #928

Price: $350.00

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