This is a booklet prepared in connection with a TV chess series by chess grandmaster George Koltanowski. The show appeared on KQED, virtual channel 9 (UHF digital channel 30), a Public Broadcasting Service member television station licensed to San Francisco, California, and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by Northern California Public Broadcasting, through subsidiary, Inc., alongside fellow PBS station KQEH (channel 54) and NPR member radio station KQED-FM (88.5).
George Koltanowski was the greatest chess promoter the world has ever known. He made his living constantly touring, principally giving blindfold chess exhibitions. He also self-published books which he sold at these chess exhibitions. He organized the Chess Friends of Northern California which held chess tournaments and league matches. He introduced the Swiss System for holding chess tournaments in the United States which is now universally accepted. He directed every US Open Chess Championship starting in 1946 in Corpus Christi, Texas and continuing until the late 1970s.
The book consists of games, chess positions, anecdotes and interesting stories about chess and chess players. Many of the games and problems cannot be found from any other source.
He wrote a book on the Colle System that he had learned from his mentor, Edgar Colle, who had died in 1932. He also wrote “Adventures of a Chess Master” ISBN 4871878864 and "Checkmate! The Patterns of Winning Mating Attacks and How to Achieve Them"; ISBN 4871871703. Both of these books were co-authored by Dr Milton Finkelstein, director of the New York city public school system.