Kongreßbuch des Internationalen Schach-Turniers zu Marienbad vom 20, Mai bis 8. Juni 1925

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Author: Gunsberg, [Arthur] Isidor (1854-1930) from the library of artist Kenneth Stubbs

Year: 1925

Publisher: Schachverlag Berhard Kagan

Place: Berlin


141+[1 ad] pages with tables, diagrams and plates. Octavo (9" x 6") issued in wrappers. From the library of artist Kenneth Stubbs. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5383) First edition.

The health resort of Marienbad, Czechoslovakia was the host of an international chess tournament from May 20th to June 8th in 1925. Sixteen chess masters from Europe and the Americas participated in the round robin event. Among them were former and current World Champion challengers, including Frank James Marshall, Akiba Rubinstein, David Janowski, and Aron Nimzowitsch. Rubinstein took off to an early lead but eventually he was racing neck and neck with Nimzowitsch, with whom he eventually shared first place. While the quality of games was regarded as poor by many high profile absentees from the tournament, it was an important victory for both Nimzowitsch and Rubinstein as they were later regarded as top players of the 1920s.

Kenneth Stubbs was born in 1907 in Ochlocknee, Georgia. A lifelong artist, who began molding figures from Georgia clay in his early childhood, Kenneth Stubbs was strongly influenced by the Modernists in his late teens and twenties, then particularly by Cubists such as Juan Gris and Georges Braque. He had a deep interest in the Golden Section as the ideal proportion and devoted himself to analyzing its use by the masters through the centuries and to applying it to his own compositions. His paintings focused also on conveying a sense of motion in paintings characterized by cubist representation, largely with straight lines and color. Kenneth Stubbs was asked by Edward Lasker to illustrate his 1951 book, Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters with 32 drawings of chess masters. In the book's preface, Lasker wrote: "Kenneth Stubbs' cartoons will do much to create a vivid impression of this group of unique men. He has caught their characteristic expressions with remarkable felicity."


Stubbs' stamp to first plate in front. Corners bumped, some soiling to wrappers, light edge wear else a good to very good copy.