USA's Top Daily Chess News Blog, Informative, Fun, and Positive

hosted by Chess Queen™ & 12th Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk


Thursday, June 24, 2010

R.I.P. - Writer of 3-volume work on chess sets is no more

Late Professor Edwin S. Munger

Hello Everyone!

Geography professor at Caltech Edwin S. Munger passed away recently. His specialty was Africa and race relations on the continent.

Munger, who became a professor emeritus at Caltech in 1988, wrote several books on Africa, including his 1983 memoir, 'Touched by Africa'.

His 'Cultures, Chess and Art, A Collector's Odyssey Across Seven Continents' is a three-volume work chronicling his collection of more than 400 ethnic chess sets from the countries and islands he visited. "He was really interested in explaining history and culture through the chess sets," his wife said. Surely, this is one of the most definitive works of our times on chess and culture!

You can read the detailed obituary here.

From Alexandra Kosteniuk's
Don't forget to visit my personal blog at


Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home