Author: Sergeant, Philip Walsingham (1871-1952)
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co; British Chess Magazine and American Chess Bulletin
Place: London, Leeds and New York
108 pages with diagrams, tables and index. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's wrappers. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5326) First edition.
In late 1915, Isaac Leopold Rice began planning the Rice Jubilee Tournament to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of his discovery of the Rice Gambit. His death on November 2, 1915 came as a blow to American chess. Aside from his eccentric support of the gambit, he was a generous promoter and benefactor of the game in many areas, and his passing was sincerely mourned. However, in keeping with his wishes, his widow donated the funds necessary for the operation of the tournament, which was renamed the Rice Memorial in his honor. The contestants were: Jose Raul Capablanca of Havana; David Janowski of Paris; Borislav Kostic of Budapest; Albert Whiting Fox of Washington; Newell William Banks of Detroit; Albert Hodges of Staten Island; Abraham Kupchik and Jacob Carl Rosenthal of the Manhattan Chess Club; Oscar Chajes, Jacob Bernstein and Edward Tennenwurzel, of the Isaac L. Rice Progressive Chess Club; Roy Turnbull Black, Frank Kendall Perkins Alfred Schroeder of the Brooklyn Chess Club. The event included two stages (preliminaries and final). The preliminaries started as a round-robin tournament. Five players qualified for the final. José Raúl Capablanca played superior chess in the preliminaries. Since the results of the preliminaries carried over into the finals, Capablanca with a 3½-point lead was a heavy favorite to win the tournament. Dawid Janowski, Boris Kostić and Abraham Kupchik tied for 2nd-4th, and Oscar Chajes took 5th place. The final tournament was won by Chajes (who beat Capablanca) and Janowski, ahead of Capablanca, Kostić and Kupchik. Summary, the winner was Capablanca (+12 –1 =4), followed by Janowski 11 points, Chajes 10½ points, Kostić and Kupchik 10 points each.
Wrappers soiled, spine chipped, corners bumped and creased some occasional pencil marginalia else a better than good copy of one of the scarcer tournament books.