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Volume 1, 1857 Chess Monthly
"No, this magazine was not forerunner of our contemporary, but an American magazine launched in the same year as the First American Congress in New York, where Paul Morphy triumphed over Louis Paulsen. It ran as far as the fifth month of the fifth year (like Chronicle), also in the old-style descriptive notation), and the first volume proudly bears the names of Morphy and Daniel Fiske, the secretary of the Congress. The respective input of the joint editors has since been the subject of some academic debate but in 1857 more pressing matters were being discussed, such as the ""lives of Great Chess Men"" Ponziani and Philidor (not to mention the not/so-famous Augustus, Duke of Brunswick-Lueneberg - who went under the chess pseudonym of Gustavus Selenenus and was an ancestor of Morphy's famous opera-victim), the soundness of the en passant rule, and whether any New York player had the bottle to take on Morphy with only a pawn and move odds. (Reviewed by BCM)" (EUR 29.00)
Volume 2, 1858 The Chess Monthly
"In the February edition there is an amusing spoof of a recently expired chess player joining the Hades Chess Club and trying to fox a long-dead opponent by playing a new opening: what else should he choose but the Evans Gambit. Morphy lays down a challenge to the ""European Champion"" Staunton, to meet him in May 1858 for a stake of $5,000. One of the conditions was that the two players would reserve the right to publish the games. Morphy's triumphal progress through England is fully covered in subsequent months. Finally, in the December edition, there is the text of Morphy's letter to Staunton, lamenting editorial comments about Staunton's playing strength. Given the current state of the chess world, Staunton's scathing appraisal of match chess is worth reproducing here: ""A match at chess or cricket may be a good thing in its way, but none but a madman would, for either, forfeit his engagements an imperil his professional reputation."" (Reviewed by BCM)" (EUR 29,00)
Volume 3, 1859 The Chess Monthly
"1859 finds Morphy still in Paris, with the editor painting a picture of a new Golden Age of chess following in his train, in succession to ""an age of close games, of dry and minute analysis, of an over-devotion to theory? but now? the tiresome, uninteresting and cowardly Sicilian and French games yield the precedence to the time honored, exciting for the ""errors, typographical and otherwise [which] abound in every number."" It is unfortunate that the title of the review contains a rather glaring typo. Plentiful news, games, poems and articles make for a well-balanced chess publication with a modern feel. (Reviewed by BCM)" (EUR 29,00)
Volume 4, 1860 The Chess Monthly
Even in the mid-19th century, chess writers were at pains to document chess history. Editor Danile Fiske published letters of Alexander McDinnell and games of Philidor amongst other treasures of the past in his monthly magazine, alongside the games of his collaborator Morphy and other contemporary masters. Particularly good volume in this excellent historical series (Reviewed by BCM). (EUR 29,00)
Volume 5, 1861 The Chess Monthly
"A slimmer tome than is usual in this series, this being the last volume of a short-lived magazine. It nevertheless packs in a welter of information about American and World chess in the year 1861 with much of historical interest from an earlier era, such as ""Lives of the Chess Men"". There is also further documentation of the career of the magazine's games editor, Paul Morphy (Reviewed by BCM)." (EUR 29,00)

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