Railway Chess • John Jaques • c1900

John Jaques are a famous firm of games makers in London. They are best known for manufacturing the famous Staunton pattern chess sets. I’ve posted before about old chess sets, here



This is a page of adverts from a small book, The ABC of Chess, published by Jaques and given away with their sets. The book is mysteriously signed by A Lady…and also includes notes about the moral virtues of chess by Benjamin Franklin. I guess that this copy, from the 11th edition, dates from about 1880.

The book describes the rules of chess and has a few problems to help players develop their thinking.

I love the link between games and the railway from more than 100 years ago. Nowadays, we play on our smartphones.

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