Doctor: How can I help?
Patient: My flatmate thinks he's a chicken.
Doctor: Then why don't you turn him over to the authorities?
Patient: I need the eggs.
I'm paraphrasing, but this is the gist of an old Woody Allen joke. Curiously, it always reminds me of a parental debate that occurred throughout my childhood:
Mother (dusting the bookshelf): These old encyclopedias haven't been used in years.
Father: Who has the time to read encyclopedias?
Mother: Exactly, so why don't we throw them out?
Father: No way, books are the font of all knowledge.
And this was how it used to be. We knew we ought to, but nobody could be bothered with them. The presentation was dull, austere and thoroughly uninspiring. Beneath the wafer-thin veneer of competence, there was no real depth or diversity. They were big, heavy and took up loads of space. But hey, enough about parents …
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Main reference material for historical chess articles
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The Encyclopedia of Chess (Batsford & Penguin editions, Golombek) | The Encyclopaedia of Chess (1st & 2nd eds., Sunnucks) | An Illustrated Dictionary of Chess (Brace) | British Chess (Matthews) | The Oxford Companion to Chess (Hooper & Whyld) | Guinness Chess: The Records (Whyld) | Chess: The History of a Game (Eales) | A History of Chess (Gizycki) | Chess: A Celebration of 2000 Years (Finkenzeller, Ziehr, Buhrer) | The Batsford Chess Encyclopedia (Divinsky) | A Book of Chess (Alexander) | A Century of British Chess (Sergeant) | Encyclopedia Brittanica (Chess Section) 1888
Chess Grandmasters (Hartston) | Grandmasters Of Chess (Schonberg) | The Kings Of Chess (Hartston) | Chess Personalia (Gaige) | The Soviet School of Chess (Kotov & Yudovich) | The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Bronstein & Furstenburg) | World Chess Champions (E Winter et al.) | From Morphy to Fischer (Horowitz) | Russian Silhouettes (Sosonko) | The Reliable Past (Sosonko) | Smart Chip from St. Petersburg (Sosonko) | The Younger School of Soviet Chess (Soltis) | Interview with a Grandmaster (Summerscale) | The Human Comedy of Chess (Ree) | Secrets of Grandmaster Chess (Nunn) | Chess Treasury of the Air (Tiller) | Endgame (Brady) | American Grandmaster (Benjamin) | The Immortal Games of Capablanca (Reinfeld) | Becoming a Grandmaster (Keene) | The King (Donner) | Chess and Chess Masters (Stahlberg) | Howard Staunton (Keene & Coles) | Centre-Stage and Behind The Scenes (Averbakh) | Secret Notes (Bronstein & Voronkov) | Petrosian versus the Elite (Keene & Simpole) | Leonid Stein: Master of Risk Strategy (Gufeld & Lazarev) | Bent Larsen's Best Games (Larsen) | Aron Nimzowitsch: A Reappraisal (Keene) | Chess with the Masters (Beheim) | Meet the Masters (Euwe) | Checkmate in Prague (Pachman) | Chess with the Masters (Cafferty & Gillam) | Writings in Chess History (Hilbert) | Chess: 60 Years On with Caissa and Friends (Phillips) | Chess Bits and Obits (Purdy et al.) | The Stress of Chess (Browne) | Profession: Chessplayer (Tukmakov) | Arkell's Odyssey (Arkell) | My Fifty Years of Chess (Marshall) | Warriors of the Mind (Keene & Divinsky) | British Chess (Botterill, Levy et al.) | Pillsbury's Chess Career (Sergeant & Watts) | Nezhmetdinov's Best Games of Chess (Nezhmetdinov) | Meet the Masters (Forbes) | Charousek's Games of Chess (Sergeant) | The Human Side of Chess (Reinfeld) | Kings of Chess (W Winter) | Max Euwe: The Biography (Munninghoff) | Kramnik: My Life and Games (Kramnik & Damsky) | The English Morphy (Hindle & Jones) | Emmanuel Lasker: The Life and Times of a Chess Master (Hannak) | The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal (Tal) | The World Champions I Knew (Sosonko) | Eminent Victorian Chessplayers: Ten Biographies (Harding) | Paul Keres: The Quest for Perfection (Keres & Nunn) | The Write Move (Harding) | The Adventure of Chess (Ed Lasker) | Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy (Brady) | Paul Keres: The Road to the Top (Keres & Nunn) | John Nunn's Best Games (Nunn) | My Best Games of Chess (Szabo) | Linares! Linares! (Ten Geuzendam) | Masters of the Chessboard (Reti) | Bobby Fischer and his Predecessors (Euwe) | Najdorf: Life and Games (Lissowski, Mikhalchishin & Najdorf) | Alexander Alekhine: Master of Attack (Raetsky & Chetverik) | The Chess Scene (Levy & Reuben) | Rudolf Spielmann: Master of Invention (McDonald) | Achieving the Aim (Botvinnik) | Soviet Chess (Richards) | Victor Bologan: Selected Games 1985-2004 (Bologan) | My Chess (Ree) | Taimanov's Selected Games (Taimanov) | My Great Predecessors Vol.I (Kasparov) | My Great Predecessors Vol.II (Kasparov) | 101 Best Games (Yates) | Capablanca's 100 Best Games of Chess (Golombek) | Grandmaster Chess (Flear) | My Best Games 1935-1957 (Smyslov) | The English Chess Explosion (Chandler & Keene) | Mikhail Chigorin: Selected Games (Bogoljubov) | Anatoly Karpov: His Road to the World Championship (Botvinnik) | Chess Is My Life (Korchnoi) | Short (Martin, Tisdall & O'Brien)
Hundert Jahre Schachturniere 1851-1950 (Kuijper) | Chess Results 1931-35 (Di Felice) | Chess Results 1936-40 (Di Felice) | Chess Results 1951-55 (Di Felice) | Chess Results 1956-60 (Di Felice) | Fischer vs Spassky 1972 (Gligoric) | Batsford Yearbook 1974/75 (O'Connell) | Batsford Yearbook 1975/76 (O'Connell) | Batsford Yearbook 1976/77 (O'Connell) | Batsford Yearbook 1977/78 (O'Connell) | The Soviet Championships (Cafferty & Taimanov) | Chess Highlights of the 20th Century (Burgess) | International Championship Chess (Kazic) | Soviet Chess (Wade) | The World Chess Championship (Wade & Gligoric) | Chess Olympiads (Foldeak) | Siegen Olympiad 1970 (Keene & Levy) | Skopje Olympiad 1972 (Keene & Levy) | Nice Olympiad 1974 (Keene & Levy) | Haifa Olympiad 1976 (Keene & Levy) | Dubai Olympiad 1986 (Wade et al.) | Battles Of Hastings (Cload & Keene) | European Team Championship: Skara 80 (Miles) | Karpov-Korchnoi: Massacre in Merano (Keene) | Best of Lone Pine (Grefe & Waterman) | Reggio Emilia 2007/8 (Marin & Garrett) | 4th Candidates Tournament 1959 (Golombek) | Soviet Chess 1917-1991 (Soltis) | The World Chess Championship 1948 (Golombek) | Brighton: The International Chess Tournaments (Keene & Simpole) | Championship Chess (Sergeant) | Karpov-Korchnoi 1978: The Inside Story (Keene) | Karpov v Korchnoi: The WCC 1981 (Hartston) | Karpov vs Korchnoi: The WCC 1978 (Larsen & Stean) | Nottingham International Chess Tournament 1936 (Alekhine) | World Chess Championship: Botvinnik vs Bronstein 1951 (Winter & Wade) | European Team Championship: Bath 1973 (Keene, Raines, Crombleholme) | 60 Years in the Same Room: A History of the Paignton Chess Congress (RH Jones) | Moscow Marathon: The WCC 1984/85 (Speelman & Tisdall) | USSR v Rest of the World: Challenge Match (Keene & Goodman) | Curacao 1962 (Timman) | Magnificence in Bled (Wilkinson) | Grandmaster Tournament in Wijk aan Zee 1975 (The Players) | The Hague-Moscow 1948 (Euwe) | First Piatigorsky Cup (Kashdan et al) | Second Piatigorsky Cup (Kashdan et al.) | The Great Chess Tournaments and their Stories (Soltis) | Petrosian v Spassky: Moscow 1966 and 1969 (Golombek & Clarke) | Botvinnik-Petrosian: 1963 WCC (Botvinnik) | Karpov-Korchnoi 1974 (Hartston & Keene) | Fischer World Champion! (Euwe & Timman)
Complete coverage of Chess Magazine from October 1962 (Vol. 28) to the present day (Vol. 78), plus Vol. 22 (1956/57).
Complete coverage of British Chess Magazine between 1966-68, 1973-74, 1980-89, plus approximately 300 issues from incomplete Volumes, spanning 1955-2009.
British Chess Magazine 1923-1932: An Anthology
Chess Life/Review - 4 disc box set (spanning 1933-1975)
Tournament Chess (Pergamon, Tui) - Vols. 3, 8, 12, 18, 39, 40, 41 (spanning 1982-1991, incl. crosstables)
The Chess Player (Nottingham) - Vols. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (spanning 1972-77, incl. crosstables)
The New Chess Player (Pitman) - Vols. 1-10 (spanning 1978-80, incl. crosstables)
Sahovski Informator - Vols. 26-59 (spanning 1979-1993, incl. crosstables)
New In Chess; An Anthology 1984-2009 (book by Giddins)
New In Chess (2002-04 complete, plus several random issues 1987-1999)
Heroic Tales: Best of ChessCafe.com 1996-2001 (book by Kingston)
Quarterly For Chess History Vol. 15 (Fiala)
Quarterly For Chess History Vol. 16 (Fiala)
Karl International Magazine (issue 1/2008, Dresden Olympiad Special)
Shakhmatny Bulletin (1973, 12 issues)
Best Of Chess Life & Review: Vol.1 (book by Pandolfini)
Best Of Chess Life & Review: Vol.2 (book by Pandolfini)
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