The Book of the Sixth American Chess Congress, containing the games of the International Chess Tournament held at New York in 1889
The Book of the Sixth American Chess Congress, containing the games of the International Chess Tournament held at New York in 1889
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The Book of the Sixth American Chess Congress, containing the games of the International Chess Tournament held at New York in 1889

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Author: Steinitz, William (1836-1900)

Year: 1891

Publisher: Sixth American Chess Congress

Place: New York

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xxxviii+490 pages with table and diagrams. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") bound in original red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and black chess pictorial to both covers. Limited to 500 copies. This is copy 88 issued to F M Teed of Brooklyn New York. (Betts: 25-26). First edition.



Contains the report of the Congress Committee and all 432 games with notes by Steinitz. This was a 20-man Double Round Robin Tournament. One of the longest tournaments in history. In the first half of the tournament, draws were counted as a half point. In the second half, they were replayed once. Between the 38 regular rounds, 8 replay rounds, and 4 game playoff for first at the end, there were 50 rounds all told(!). Like the 4th Congress, this tournament consisted largely of foreign masters. The retirement of Captain Mackenzie seems to date from this time (though some sources credit him as US Champion until his death in 1891), giving the top American finisher some claim on being de facto US Champion. The top American finisher was Solomon Lipschutz, who finished in 6th Place with a score of +22-9=7



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Corners bumped, soiled, spine ends and corneres rubbed exterior hinge cracked 1" at back head spine, Teed's gift inscription on title and individual who received the book name errased, some occasional internal soiling, spine sunned else a good copy of a scarce item.