Fisching for Forgeries

Posted in News on February 27th, 2007 by Nevada Chess

A book by Las Vegas Chess History Collector, Lawrence Totaro

In this new, fully-colored book, Las Vegas collector and researcher, Lawrence Totaro, put together material that consists of pre-prints, authentic autographs, and high-priced forgeries seen on eBay. In this small but informative book, there includes a Bobby Fischer table, compare/contrast chart, and graphological analysis from Sheila Lowe, author of Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis.

To view more information regarding this book, please visit the Fisching for Forgeries website at

(Thanks to Tom Thrush for providing this information.)

Lawrence Totaro’s Chess History Collection

Posted in News on January 30th, 2005 by Nevada Chess

Las Vegas chess player, Lawrence Totaro, started collecting chess “items” when he was 17. Now, aged in his early twenties, Lawrence has managed to accumulate an interesting and very rare collection of chess artifacts, from signed letters to antique chess sets.Lawrence has set up a website detailing a lot of the items he has collected, and also delving into the world of “chess collecting”. The website makes an interesting read, and as such I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the wonderful history of chess.

You can visit his website at or at to see a digitally enhanced version, including video footage of Las Vegas Master Ron Gross!

The Baysholiss Collection