Rare signed limited edition of one of America's premier players
Basic Chess Endings
Fine, Reuben (1914-1993)
xiv+573 pages with diagrams. Small Octavo. bound in original publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering and stamping to spine and cover issued without jacket. Signed and limited to 500 copies of which this is number 26. (Limited edition not in Betts) First edition.
Fine had an exceptionally brief but fruitful international career before changing from grandmaster to psychiatrist. Within three years, 1935-8, he developed from an unknown American master into co-winner of AVRO 1938, one of the highest-rated events ever held. Yet when chess revived after the second World War Fine was too busy with his studies to accept an invitation to the World Championship tournament of 1948. After AVRO 1938. Fine concentrated on writing chess books. Altogether he wrote more than a dozen works. (Golombek: 116p)
Previous owner's name in pencil limitation page else a very good to fine copy.
David McKay Company, Inc
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