Author: Lazard, Frédéric (1883-1948)
Publisher: Librairie de "La Strategie"
xii+128 pages with frontispiece and diagrams. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original wrappers. Preface by Alexander Alekhine. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:2721). One of the 30 copies on deluxe paper. First edition.
(Frédéric Lazard was a French chess master, problemist and journalist. He lived in Paris where played in many local tournaments. He took twice 4th place in 1905, shared 3rd in 1908, took 3rd (Arnold Aurbach won) in 1909, shared 2nd behind H. Weinstein in 1909, won ahead of Amédée Gibaud in 1910, tied for 1st with Aristide Gromer in 1912, took 4th in 1914, and shared 2nd, behind Alphonse Goetz, at Lyon 1914. In 1912, he drew a match with Gibaud (3–3), and lost to Edward Lasker (0.5–2.5). In 1913, he drew with Smirnov (1.5–1.5). After World War I, he won at Paris 1920, took 2nd at Paris 1922 (Triangular, André Muffang won), represented France in first unofficial Chess Olympiad at Paris 1924, took 9th at Strasbourg 1924 (French Chess Championship, Robert Crépeaux won), tied for 2nd-3rd at Nice 1925, shared 1st with André Chéron at Biarritz 1926, took 13th in the 1927 Paris City Chess Championship (Abraham Baratz won), tied for 10-11th in the 1928 Paris championship (Baratz won), took 7th at Paris 1929 (Savielly Tartakower won), tied for 3rd-5th in the 1930 Paris-ch (Josef Cukierman won), and took 10th at Paris 1933 (Alexander Alekhine won).
Spine and edges sunned, previous owner's name on front end paper, corners bumped and rubbed, some edge wear else a very good copy.