Der zwölfte und dreizehnte Kongress des Deutschen Schachbundes München 1900

Author: Gebhardt, Rudolf (1859-1929), Carl Schlechter and Georg Marco

Publisher: Verlag von Veit & Co

Location: Leipzig

Year: 1901



xii+180 pages with diagrams and tables. Octavo (8" x 5 1/4") bound in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5255) First edition.

Munich celebrated the turn-of-the-century with a gala chess festival featuring five tournaments (one for international masters, two major tournaments and two "open" events). A grand total of 540 games were played during the three-week period of frenzied chess activity in the attractive Bavarian capital. A grandiose welcome inspired Schlechter to score his first international victory, one shared with Pillsbury (+9 -0 =6) and Maroczy (+10 -1 =4). Almost from the outset they were involved in a thrilling "Troika" race. Pillsbury and Schlechter engaged in a head-to-head duel throughout most of the 15 round event, with the closely trailing Maroczy finally drawing abreast after 14 rounds. Last round action saw Schlechter and Maroczy agree to a draw despite the latter being a pawn down in a struggle lasing 47 moves. Pillsbury also drew, being fought to a standstill by Berger in a Ruy Lopez of 59 moves. Immediately after the tournament, Schlechter, Maroczy and Pillsbury began a playoff to determine the distribution of prizes. The tournament committee arranged for each master to play two games with the other two. A visibly tired Maroczy had to quit on the "stern order" of his doctor after losing the first game to Pillsbury. Following Maroczy's withdrawal, the American and Austrian gladiators proceeded to a four-game test of strength for first prize. The result was a hard-fought draw. In sharing the top Munich prizes, the two decied that Schlechter would receive the Honor Prize given by his Royal Highness, the Prinzregenten Luitpold, and 800 marks - while Pillsbury was awarded 1,000 marks. The stricken Maroczy found his compensation in receiving a special Rothschild prize of 300 marks for the most games won (10) and 600 marks for third place. Fourth place went to the 51-year-old Burn (+9 -3 =3), who enjoyed yet another good tournament, finishing a 1/2 point ahead of Marco (+7 -2 =6). The well-regarded Marco editor of the fast-growing WSZ, played enterprising to capture fifth-place and 500 marks.(Goldman: Carl Schlechter!)


Previous owner's name on front end paper, light wear to extremities else a very good copy of one of the scarcer tournament books.