Author: Laseker, Robert
Publisher: Verlag und Druck von Julius Kittis Nachf., Keller & Co
72 pages with frontispiece and tables. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 3/4") bound in original wrappers. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5400) First edition.
An international chess master tournament was organized and held at the Grand Hotel Panhas in the Semmering Pass south of Vienna from March 7th to the 29th, 1926. The event was organized by Ossip Bernstein, who invited 18 players to participate in the round robin tournament. Among those invited were the very best masters of the day, including Alexander Alekhine, Akiba Rubinstein, Aron Nimzowitsch, Siegbert Tarrasch, Milan Vidmar, Savielly Tartakower, Richard Réti, and Rudolf Spielmann. The hypermodern school was well represented, and in the first half of the tournament Nimzowitsch and Tartakower lead the field. However, toward the end of the competition a series of missteps and surprises found the lead changing hands until finally Spielmann, the great romantic, emerged as the winner over Alekhine after the last round. It was to be Spielmann's best tournament performance of his chess career. The results were as follows: 1st Spielmann 13/17, 2nd Alekhine 12½, 3rd Vidmar 12, tied 4th thorough 5th Nimzowitsch and Tartakower 11½, Tied 6th through 7th Rubinstein and Tarrasch 10, 8th Réti 9 1/2, 9th Grünfeld 9, 10th Janowski 8 1/2, 11th Treybal 8, 12th Vajda 7 1/2, 13th Yates 7, tied 14th through 15th Gilg and Kmoch 6, 16th Davidson 5 1/2, 17th Michel 4 1/2 and 18th Rosselli del Turco 1.
Corners and for edge creased, some occasional internal markings, some age darkening to pages else a good to very good copy.