The Chess World of V. R. Parton

Beyond the chessboard

 

(Edited by Jean-Louis Cazaux)

ISBN: 9781716190452

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Vernon Rylands Parton (2 October 1897 – 31 December, 1974) was an English chess lover and tireless promoter of chess variants. Among chess inventors, Parton occupies a place à part, surpassing former authors by the sheer quantity of games he conceived and, even more importantly, by the quality and originality of his productions. Steeped in classical culture, and a consummate non-conformist, he was passionately immersed in the “fairy” universes. Greek mythology, with its mighty monsters and other-worldly beings, played a large role in his inspirations, and even more striking was his judicious adaptation of the famous, complex fantasy world of Lewis Carroll, which he translated into scenes and characters, to have their adventures played out over the chessboard.

Parton wrote nine booklets, all simply typewritten and crudely illustrated (or left unillustrated) between 1961 and 1974. While he did not have the good fortune to see his works published, which they so deserved, this volume endeavours to correct that omission. Jean-Louis Cazaux, specialist of chess variants and their history, has carefully reproduced Parton's integral work, word for word, and designed several explanatory diagrams to support the original text. Some hard to find testimonies and correspondence are included to help better understand the complex personality of this inventor of games.

Parton’s legacy has powerfully influenced subsequent generations of chess variant inventors and authors of related topics. Parton showed a sincere desire that his studies reach a broader audience, and this is what is accomplished by the present publication. At last, his creations are being made available to future generations, and will not be forgotten.


  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com for pionissimo
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781716190452
  • Product Dimensions: US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)


Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements    6
  • Foreword    8
  • Reflections on Vernon Rylands Parton    11
  • CHESS – CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER    15
  • CHALLENGE AND DELIGHT OF CHESSICAL AND DECIMAL    79
  • CHESSICAL CUBISM OR CHESS IN SPACE    107
  • CHESSHIRE-CAT-PLAYETH LOOKING-GLASS CHEESSYS    131
  • 100 SQUARES FOR CHESS + DAMANTE    173
  • MY GAME FOR 2000 A.D. AND AFTER    205
  • ENDURING SPIRIT OF DASAPADA    223
  • IDEA FOR A PERSONAL GAME    249
  • CHESSERY FOR DUFFER AND MASTER    267
  • Correspondence    303
  • A Partonician Glossary    316
  • Index of Pieces    318
  • Index of Games    321
  • Bibliography    325


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21/04/2021