700 Chess Problems Free PDF book by W. J. Baird (1902 ) with Illustrations and Solutions

Download 700 Chess Problems by W. J. Baird (1902 ) with Illustrations and Solutions

700 Chess Problems by W. J. Baird (


In the present edition, solutions have been converted from descriptive notation to algebraic, using the letter 'S’ to indicate knights. The distinction between plain, double and discovered mates present in the original has not been retained, except as far as lines that were considered separately because of this distinction have also been kept separate here.

One example of this is the first and third lines in the solution to problem 24. Variations omitted in the original solutions, and indicated by '&c) have been restored, in brackets. An extra section, containing publishing information (with occasional corrections of publishing sources), and notes about the problems taken from Mrs. Baird's notebooks have been added after the solutions. The years given for problems in the original proved to be the date of the award given. The present edition tries to make this clearer by placing the date together with the award, rather than with the source, as in the original. In the original several unnumbered problems were given in letterpress: these problems have been set in diagrams, and, if associated with another numbered problem, given the same number followed by A, B, C, etc. in brackets. The six diagrams appearing last in the two-mover section were originally printed at the end of the solutions section.

The Chess Problems contained in this volume are the product of the labor and recreation of some fourteen years. I say “labor,” because I am not such a Chess enthusiast as to believe that a collection such as this can be produced without persistent application partaking of the nature of work; and “recreation,” because the work has been a pleasure—how great pleasure only a composer can fully realize. Although a large number of the problems have been republished in numerous papers at home and abroad, only the name of the publication in which each originally appeared is given. Exclusive of the prize list, in about a dozen cases with a view to improvement, they have been more or less reset since their first appearance. The six added to this collection in letterpress at the end of the Solutions are the last composed.
The original edition was published by Henry Sotheran & Co, London, 1902. As the original preface indicates, it was printed in red and blue.

Author: W. J. Baird 
Publication Date: 1902 

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