How David DeLucia Built a Chess Collection Unlike Any Other

New York | 2021

To David DeLucia, chess is not just a game, it’s a sport – and collecting is not only a pastime, it’s a passion. Over the past 35 years, DeLucia has built an incredible library of chess books, manuscripts, documents and ephemera that’s unlike any other collection in the world, either publicly or privately. Included are rare objects, including first editions of foundational chess books dating to the 15th-century, in addition to historically significant primary source documents and ephemera from great chess masters. In building his collection, DeLucia discovered more about his own love of chess and learned that collecting is about the thrill of the hunt. Join DeLucia in a tour of his magnificent library and learn more about the thrill of collecting.

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