2 Internationales Schachmeisterturnier Moskau 1935

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Author: Becker, Arno (1913- )

Year: 1935

Publisher: Verlag der Wiener Schachzeitung

Place: Wien

55p with diagrams and tables. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 3/4") issued in wrappers. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5503) First edition.

One of the three international tournaments tournaments that the Kremlin sponsored between the two wars. Although Lasker was getting older, and Capablanca only slowly regaining his form after losing the championship to Alekhine years before, this tournament still signaled the emerging power of Soviet chess with Botvinnik as its leading proponent. For some reason, Botvinnik always seemed to have trouble with Ukrainian master Fedor Bohatirchuk who also beat him in the soviet championships a couple of times. Bohatirchuk apparently served as one of the inspirations for fellow Ukrainian David Bronstein during his rise a decade or so later. Bronstein flags Bohatirchuk as the player who taught him the power of the King's Indian defense. Bohatirchuk later went on to become one of Canada's leading masters and an international master of correspondence chess. Notable too is the presence of future world correspondence champion Viacheslav Ragozin, and reigning woman's world champion Vera Menchik.


Wrappers age darkened, book plate of "Eugene Sterns" on front wrapper verso, edge wear. A very good copy.