Author: Helms, Herman (1870-1963) [editor], Alexander Alekhine (annotator)
Publisher: American Chess Bulletin/Printing Craft
Place: New York and London
xxiv+273+[3 ad] pages with frontispiece, plates, diagrams, tables and index . Royal octavo (9" x 6") bound in original publisher's stiff green boards with black lettering to spine and cover. Annotations by Alekhine. (Betts: 25-73) First edition.
In December 1923, following an aborted attempt to arrange a World Championship match between Capablanca and Alekhine, Hermann Helms, publisher of the American Chess Bulletin, Harry Latz, the General Manager of the Hotel Alamac in New York and Norbert Lederer, the Secretary of the Manhattan Chess Club, set about organizing a tournament to rival Cambridge Springs (1904). The tournament took place in the Hotel Alamac from the 16th of March to the 18th of April 1924. The participants were Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Marshall, Janowski, Maroczy, Bogolyubov, Reti, Tartakover, Edward Lasker and Yates. The time limit was 30 moves in two hours and 15 moves per hour thereafter. Capablanca was expected to be the winner but the 55-year-old Dr. Lasker proved that he was by no means a spent force and ran away with the tournament. In a number of ways, the tournament paralleled the St Petersburg (1914) tournament with the top three place finishers ten years older. It was also notable for Reti's use of his own opening, resulting in Capablanca's first tournament loss in eight years, and a number of masterpieces that were created. the brilliancy prizes included A silver cup and $75 in gold to Reti for his win over Bogolyubov in Round 12, $50 to Marshall for his win over Bogolyubov in Round 18 and $25 to Capablanca for his win over Em Lasker in Round 14, Lasker's only loss of the tournament. Emanuel Lasker captured first with an impressive score of 16 points of 20 and the $1500 first prize. Jose Capablanca fished a distant second with 14.5 and $1000 for second prize. Alexander Alekhine 2.5 behind him finished third and $750. A point behind him was Frank Marshall with a score of 11 and $500. Finishing fifth was Richard Reti a half point behind and $250. Geza Maroczy finishing just out of the money was sixth with a score of 10. Finishing in descending order was Bogolyubov, Tartakover, Yates, Edward Lasker and Janowski
Corners bumped and rubbed, front hinge beginning, previous owner's name on front paste down. A good to very good copy issued in stiff boards.