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Fiske, D. Willard. Chess Tales and Chess Miscellanies. New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1912.

Ours is no bloody battle
With woe and horror fraught
Our joust is of a gentler kind
A measuring of Mind with Mind
A tournament of thought

—Willard Fiske, "The Conquest of the Field of Chess," published in Chess Monthly, May, 1857.

Willard Fiske, Cornell's first University Librarian, was a scholar and book collector. Fiske was also considered one of world's experts on the subject of chess. In addition to Chess Play, he wrote the influential Chess in Iceland, 1905, and The Book of the First American Chess Congress, 1857, which was regarded as one of the seminal textbooks on the subject.

 


 

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