Das Internationale Schachturnier Moskau 1925
Das Internationale Schachturnier Moskau 1925
Das Internationale Schachturnier Moskau 1925
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Das Internationale Schachturnier Moskau 1925

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Author: Bogoljubow, Efim Dmitrievich (1889-1952) from the library of the Studenterforeningen Skakklub

Year: 1927

Publisher: Verlag von Walter deGruyter & Co

Place: Berlin and Leipzig

Description:

xii+222 pages with frontispiece, diagrams and table. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") bound in burgundy leather with gilt lettering to spine. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5385) First edition.

One of the great events in the annals of chess, this tournament (November - December 1925) established two "firsts": the first confrontation of the Soviet masters with the recognized leaders of international chess, and, as the inevitable concomitant, the first of the type of contest which the host country contributes a substantial number - between one half and one third - of the total entries (Zurich 1934, Moscow 1925, Kemeri 1937 were later events run on the same formula.) In the event, the home team acquitted themselves well, with Bogoljubow winning first prize and Romanovsky and Ilyin-Zhenevsky in the prize list. The Russian champion took the lead early on, closely followed by Lasker, Torre and Rubinstein, the last named collapsing completely after a 9th round defeat by Yates. Capablanca had scored only 50% at halfway, but finished strongly, annexing en route the first (against Zubarev) and third (against Duz-Khotimirsky) brilliancy prizes. As a result of this outcome Bogolijubow joined the ranks of World Champion candidates, while the view generally held on the continent (though not in the USA or Britain) that Lasker was still superior to Capablanca received new nourishment.

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Provenance of "Studenterforeningen Skakklub" with their stamp to title verso, original back wrapper bound in a very good copy.