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Russian Chess Books

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jul. 18, 2013, 11:49am

For some odd reason, I have ended up with a few Russian-language books over the years. I say odd, because I don't read the language. Does anyone know if they have any current value?

- 3 first volumes of Botvinnik's Analysis and Critical Works
- Botvinnik's Match Tournament 1941
- Kasparian's 2 volumes Domination (chess Studies)
- Another Kasparian study book.

I have all but the latter in English-language editions.

Thanks in advance for any input.

jul. 18, 2013, 6:31pm

Dear Celtic _Duck
unless it is a rare item or the case of Botvinnik books a first edition some value but not much, outside of the chess value, maybe ten bucks each, the printing of Soviet chess books were pretty huge, and to make matters worse on cheap paper.

check out book dealers who specialize in chess books. Two I have dealt with over the years are:

Caissa editons-


Karel Mokry -

to get some idea as to value.

I see that Caissa is offering a second edition of the match tournament book for 45 dollars.

jul. 20, 2013, 2:06am

Thank you Eramirez. You couldn't be more right about the paper quality. It is truly horrid. I guess I'll have to find a Russian speaking player who will want them for the chess content. The Botvinnik ones are excellent in English, but I doubt I would like them nearly as much if they were done in the same style as the Russian versions. :)