Zweites Internationales Schachturnier, Zu San Sebastian, 1911

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Author: Mieses, Jacques (1865-1954) and Moritz Lewitt

Year: 1911

Publisher:

Place: Verlag Dr Wedeking & Co

Description:

128 pages with diagrams, tables and plates. Royal ctavo (9 3/4" x 6 1/2") issued in wrappers. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5304)1st edition.

This tournament was remarkable for three reasons of which two are virtually forgotten today. Organized and run by Mieses, it was the first at which all competitors were reimbursed for their fares and living expenses; it thus constituted an enormous advance in the development of chess as a profession. Secondly, it was one of the few non-FIDE events for which a special qualification was demanded. Only those master were invited who had won at least two fourth prizes. As a result there were a number of amusing incidents, such as Bernstein objecting to the participations of Capablanca (who was invited on the strength of his match-win over Marshall) and then being slaughtered by the Cuban in the very first round; while Vidmar was warned, though in a very friendly manner, by Schlechter that this gathering of the elite might be too strong for hm and tha he might do better to play in a small event at San Remo-whereupon he shared the second prize. The third feature of the contest, however, will never be forgotten: Caplabanca's triumphant entry into European Chess. Leading scores: Capablanca 9 1/2; Rubinstein and Vidmar 9, Marshall 8 1/2.

Condition:

Spine chipped, edge wear with chips, wrappers separated, some soiling. A good copy of a scarce chess item.