Author: Schallopp, Emil (1843-1919)
Publisher: Verlag von Veit & Co
viii+200 pages with frontispiece, diagrams and tables. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 4 3/4") bound in dark green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. (Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5218) First edition.
The Deutschen Schachbund had been founded in Leipzig in 1877. When the next meeting took place in the Schï¿½tzenhaus in 1879, sixty-two clubs had become member of the chess federation. Hofrat von Gottschall became Chairman and Zwanzig the General Secretary. Twelve players participated in the master tournament of Leipzig 1879. Thereafter the field increased and improved. When foreign players were invited for Berlin 1881, an important and successful formula was completed: 1. A master tournament was organized every second year, in a time when few international events took place. 2. Germans could partake in many groups and their talents qualified for master tournaments by a master title in the Hauptturnier. Many important chess players took part, but Lasker found the prizes too low, when he was world champion. Tarrasch and Schlechter won three master events. Organizers kept a balance between the interests of amateurs and professionals. The Great War ended a fine tradition. Winners of the master tournament (Deutschen Schachbund) 1. Leipzig 1879: Berthold Englisch 2. Berlin 1881: Joseph Blackburne 3. Nurnberg 1883: Szymon Winawer 4. Hamburg 1885: Isidor Gunsberg 5. Frankfurt 1887: George Mackenzie 6. Breslau 1889: Siegbert Tarrasch 7. Dresden 1892: Siegbert Tarrasch 8. Kiel 1893: C. von Bardeleben and C. Walbrodt 9. Leipzig 1894: Siegbert Tarrasch 10. Eisenach 1886: no master tournament 11. Kï¿½ln 1898: Amos Burn 12. Munchen 1900: H. Pillsbury and C. Schlechter 13. Hannover 1903: Dawid Janowsky 14. Coburg '04: Bardeleben, Schlechter, Swiderki 15. Nurnberg 1906: Frank Marshall 16. Dusseldorf 1908: Frank Marshall 17. Hamburg 1910: Carl Schlechter 18. Breslau 1912: A. Rubinstein and O. Duras 19. Mannheim 1914: Alexander Alekhine. Master title in Hauptturnier Berlin 1881: Curt von Bardeleben Nurnberg 1883: Siegbert Tarrasch Hamburg 1885: Max Harmonist Frankfurt 1887: Johann Bauer Breslau 1889: Emanuel Lasker Dresden 1892: Paul Lipke Kiel 1893: Hugo Sï¿½chting Leipzig 1894: Norman van Lennep Eisenach 1896: Wilhelm Cohn Kï¿½ln 1898: Ottokar Pavelka Munchen 1900: Rudolf Swiderski Hannover 1902: Walter John Coburg 1904: Augustin Neumann Nï¿½rnberg 1906: Saviely Tartakower Dusseldorf 1908: Friedrich Kï¿½hnlein Hamburg 1910: Georg Rotlevi Breslau 1912: Bernhard Gregory.
Front inner hinge cracked, frontispiece separated and repaired with archival tape, front signature loose, some underling and adhesive markers next to games, corners bumped and rubbed through, spine head worn with some small chips else good copy of a scarce chess title.