Author: J Schorr
Publisher: Verlag Deutscher Schachklub Teplitz-Schonau
664 pages with diagrams, tables, plates and indexes. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") in original decorative binding. Notes by Grunfeld and Beeker. Includes 214 pages on chess problems which in turn includes a part on retrograde analysis by Kluver. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5550) First edition.
Upon the dissolution of Austria-Hungary after World War I, its generally German-speaking population found itself in newly established Czechoslovakia (CSR). Here, the Ustredni Jednota Ceskych Sachistu (Central Chess Union of CSR) was open to all players, but the German citizens established in 1921 a separate organization, Der Deutsche Schachverband in der CSR (German Chess Federation in CSR).
The new federation held congresses every year, and in 1922, at its first congress in Teplitz-Schönau. Fourteen players participated in the round robin event. Despite the absence of world champion Jose Raul Capablanca (#1), Alexander Alekhine (#2), Milan Vidmar (#4), former world champion Emanuel Lasker (#5), Efim Bogoljubov (#7), Max Euwe (#19) and Aron Nimzowitsch (#22), all players were later estimated to be in the top 25 of the world at that time. Bogoljubov had signed up, but he withdrew at a late stage and was replaced by Friedrich Sämisch (#21). The others were: Akiba Rubinstein (#3), Savielly Tartakower (#6), Borislav Kostic (#8), Ernst Grünfeld (#9), Rudolph Spielmann (#10), Richard Réti (#11), Geza Maroczy (#12), Heinrich Wolf (#13), Siegbert Tarrasch (#14), Richard Teichmann (#15), Jaques Mieses (#17), Paul Johner (#24) and Karel Treybal (#25). Two months earlier, Rubinstein, Tartakower, Réti and Maroczy had played in London (1922), and Rubinstein and Tarrasch arrived more or less straight from Hastings (1922). Spielmann warmed up by giving a simul in Bratislava (Pressburg) 27 September (+12 =5 -1) (loss vs Wagner). The tournament had been postponed (for some amount of time), with the inauguration scheduled for 30 September and the meeting of the German Chess Federation in CSR set to 1 October.
Play was booked for 2-15 October. Time control was 2 hours for the first 30 moves - then 1 hour every 15 moves, and draws before move 45 could only be made in agreement with the tournament leaders. The Times noted that "It remains to be seen how this experiment will affect the much debated drawn game question." The top prizes were 3000, 2500, 2000, 1500, 1000, 500 and 300 Czechoslovak korunas (Kc). In addition, the players got 60 Kc for each game, 40 to the winner and 20 to the loser. They also got 1000 Kc for stay costs, and free railway transport to and from Teplice. (7) The venue was the Císarské lázne (Imperial Baths), on the first floor.
Before the last round, five players (Réti, Spielmann, Tartakower, Grünfeld and Rubinstein) hoped to win the first prize. But Tartakower and Rubinstein lost (vs Teichmann and Kostic, respectively), and the other three drew. Réti, the hypermodernist, and Spielmann, the romanticist, tied for first place, each with nine points out of thirteen rounds. For Réti, this was an impressive follow up to his win at Gothenburg (1920). He had three losses, but earned eight points in wins against over half the field, including three of the top finishers. After 1920, he spent his time to write the now classic Die neuen Ideen im Schachspiel (Modern Ideas in Chess). He lost a match 1.5 : 4.5 to Spielmann in 1921, and played in Bad Pistyan (1922). For Spielmann, the first place was also a significant achievement. His passionate play and opening choices had been more admirable than successful, but now he lost one game only (vs Réti). (chessgames)
Previous owners name and date "1923" on title, corners bumped else a very good copy.