Author: Mieses, Jacques (1865-1954) and Moritz Lewitt
Publisher: Verlag von Hans Hedewig
162+[2 add]pp with diagrams, tables and frontispiece. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's beige cloth with black lettering to spine and cover. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5305) Second edition. First published in 1911.
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 participation 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 him and that 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: Capablanca's triumphant entry into European Chess. Leading scores: Capablanca 9 1/2; Rubinstein and Vidmar 9, Marshall 8 1/2.
Pages age darkened, tape stain to cover and spine, spine ends chipped, corners bumped, some pencil notations, spine taped else a better than good copy