Chess Match: Chigorin v Schiffers 1897

Author: Povarov, W G

Publisher: Chess Digest

Location: Dallas

Year: 1994



11 pages with diagrams and table. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's yellow wrappers. Volume 1 of Rare and unpublished tournaments and matches. First edition limited to 50 copies of which this is number 14.

The chess career of Emanuel Stepanovich Schiffers (1850-1904) began in 1872. While that of Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin (1850-1908 in fact he spelled his name in the German style, Tschigorin) began in 1874. By 1876 Schiffers was the leading player in St Petersburg and the second in Russia after the Pol Simon Winawer. Chigorin improved steadily and in 1878 there were two matches between them. Chigorin won the first (+7-3=0), but the second as won by Schiffers (+7-6=1). Chigorin's win at St Petersburg 1878/9 brought about the third match in 1879, a great triumph for Chigorin by +7-4=2. Chigorin was now recognized as the capital's leading player. Some doubts were cast on this when Schiffers won, in 1880, the annual handicap tournament and the Tournament in St Petersburg's Merchants Club where the other contestants played a tournament for the lower prizes, leaving Chigorin and Schiffers to play each other for the top prize and expensive vase. Schiffers lost the first game but won the other two to take the prize. The result was a fourth match, also in 1880, which Chigorin won by +7-1=3. Chigorin defeated young Alapin the same year and the question of his supremacy was settled. Their next match was not until 1895, played before and after the Hastings event. Chigorin won this training match by +7-3=3. During the St Petersburg 1895/6 tournament, negotiations began for a Lasker-Chigorin world championship match but Steinitz raised the necessary funds first. Lasker traveled to St Petersburg in 1897 to revive the idea of a match with Chigorin. Lasker won an exhibition game and planned tow telegraph games (which were never played). As preparation for these telegraph games, Chigorin played his six and last match against Schiffers, the only other master then living in St Petersburg Chess Society and was decided by the first to win seven games. The time limit was 16 moves per hour. The match demonstrated Chigorin's supremacy he won +7-1=6.


Some edge wear else a better than very good copy.