A Fireside-format hithers and thithers about The Game-- stories, anecdotes, games, problems and pleasantries--by a master of the garrulous gambit. Chernev has published fourteen books on chess and this is a happily random collection of auxiliary matter. Among the tales which feature chess--works by E. B. White (a tipsy chess-playing computer); Loacock (a minor effort with traces of his best); Milne, Lord Dunsany, Percival Wilde, etc. --mystery, humor and sketches. There are glimpses of classic and amusing games, a quiz or two and quotable murmurs for before and after mates. Will appeal to masters and aspirants--for moments en passant.