Schachprobleme aus de Jahren 1884-1910

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Author: Kotrc, Jan (1862-1943) and Karel Traxler

Year: 1910

Publisher: Selbstverlag

Place: Wien (Vienna)


xlvi+[2 portrait]+[110 problem]+2 portrait]+[137 problem]+[58 solution]+[5 subscriber] pages with portraits and diagrams, paisley end papers and paste downs. Duodecimo (6 3/4" x 5") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with black lettering to spine and cover with pictorial chess board to cover. Text in German and Czechoslovakian. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 2605) First edition.

Jan Kotrc was a Czech chess master, chess publisher and chess problem composer. Born in Bielsko (then Austrian Silesia, now Poland), he was an editor of chess magazines Sach-Mat (1884-1885), Ceske listy sachove (1896-1900) in Prague, and Arbeiter Schachzeitung in the 1920s-1930s in Vienna. He shared 2nd with Karel Traxler, behind Jan Kvicala, at Prague 1891 (the 3rd Congress of the Bohemian Chess Association), tied for 4-6th at Dresden 1892 (the 7th DSB Congress, Hauptturnier A, Paul Lipke won). He won a match against Josef Kvicala (+3 -0 =2) at Prague 1893, and took 8th at Vienna 1899/1900 (Kolisch Memorial, Geza Maroczy won).

Karel Traxler was a Czech chess master and composer of chess problems. He is best known for the hyper-aggressive variation named after him, the Traxler Variation in the Two Knights Defense, which was first shown in the game against Reinisch, played in Hostoun in 1890. Because Traxler was a Roman-Catholic priest, he rarely played chess in serious competitions. As a composer of chess problems he pursued the style of Bohemian school. He wrote under a number of pseudonyms: Anonymus Tabora, Karel Kaplan, Vis Maior und Karel Zbonek. From 1896 to 1899, he edited, in part, the journal Ceske listy sachove (Czech chess letters). He composed over 900 chess problems, mainly 2-, 3- and 4-move problems, but also multiple move ones, and more rarely, selfmates. With his brother-in-law, Jan Kotrc, he published a selection of problems that he'd composed by 1910.


Book block slightly shaken, corners bumped, spine ends and corners rubbed through else a very good copy of a scarce problem title.