The Rating of Chessplayers, Past and Present. By Arpad E. Elo. First Edition. Arco. New York, 1978.

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Arpad Elo was a chess master and physics professor, and the 11th person to be inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame. He was born in Hungary but lived the majority of his life in Wisconsin where he worked and competed in numerous championships. While his record as a chess player cannot be understated, today he is more widely remembered for his novel rating system, the Elo Rating System, which has become the chess world’s standard and has been adopted by various other competitive sports, including American football, baseball, tennis, and esports. The Elo Rating system is comparative. It uses datasets of player performance and statistics to determine likely outcomes of games and distribute rating points. The system has been used to classify players by ability, with scores below 1200 considered “novice” while scores above 2200 are required to be considered a Grandmaster. In this remarkable volume, Elo describes his system with graphs, tables, and equations. It was the first publicly available text on the Elo Rating System and signifies an important moment in chess history. At the time of its printing, the Elo Rating System was beginning its ascendance as one of the foremost rating systems in chess and beyond.

This first edition is in about-fine condition. In the original full cloth boards, near fine with only minor rubbing to edges of spine. Text block near fine, only minor fading to front endpaper. In the original dust jacket, about-fine with only small closed tears to edges, minor creases to edges, and minor fading.

A scarce first edition of the text on the Elo rating system.

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The Rating of Chessplayers, Past and Present. By Arpad E. Elo. First Edition. Arco. New York, 1978.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in