Edward Winter's Chess Explorations (84)

6/14/2012 – The front covers of eight autobiographical works by chess writers are placed on display here, but with the authors' names and the titles all blocked out. In this latest quiz from the Editor of Chess Notes readers are asked to identify the eight authors. Some attractive prizes await the winners, including items which have been signed by Anand, Carlsen and Kramnik.

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Chess Explorations (84)

By Edward Winter

Below are the front covers of eight autobiographical chess books, but the authors and titles have been blocked out. Who were the authors?

Book 1:

Book 2:

Book 3:

Book 4:

Book 5:

Book 6:

Book 7:

Book 8:



First prize:

Fritz 11, signed by Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Victor Korchnoi and Judit Polgar.

Second prize:

Inscribed on the front cover by Magnus Carlsen

Third prize:

Inscribed by Edward Winter


If necessary, lots will be drawn to decide the winners. The deadline for entering the quiz is Sunday, 17 June 2012, and each entry must use the ‘Submit information’ link below, which requires the contestant’s full name and postal address.

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Edward Winter is the editor of Chess Notes, which was founded in January 1982 as "a forum for aficionados to discuss all matters relating to the Royal Pastime". Since then, about 7,690 items have been published, and the series has resulted in four books by Winter: Chess Explorations (1996), Kings, Commoners and Knaves (1999), A Chess Omnibus (2003) and Chess Facts and Fables (2006). He is also the author of a monograph on Capablanca (1989). In 2011 a paperback edition was issued.

Chess Notes is well known for its historical research, and anyone browsing in its archives will find a wealth of unknown games, accounts of historical mysteries, quotes and quips, and other material of every kind imaginable. Correspondents from around the world contribute items, and they include not only "ordinary readers" but also some eminent historians – and, indeed, some eminent masters. Chess Notes is located at the Chess History Center. Signed copies of Edward Winter's publications are currently available.


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