Photograph of Richard Reti

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Author: Reti, Richard (1889-1929) signed

Year: 1926

Publisher: Atelier Amerling

Place: Wien (Vienna)


Photograph card. Duodecimo (5 1/4" x 3 1/4") on heavy card stock. Signed and dated 22-3-1926 on the verso in black ink.

Richard Réti was an Austro-Hungarian, later Czechoslovak chess player, chess author, and composer of endgame studies. He was born in Pezinok which at the time was in the Hungarian part of Austria-Hungary, where his father worked as a physician in the service of the Austrian military. Réti came to Vienna to study mathematics at Vienna University. One of the top players in the world during the 1910s and 1920s, he began his career as a combinative classical player, favoring openings such as the King's Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.f4). However, after the end of the First World War, his playing style changed, and he became one of the principal proponents of hypermodernism, along with Aron Nimzowitsch and others. With the exception of Nimzowitsch's book My System, he is considered to be the movement's foremost literary contributor. He had his greatest early successes in the period 1918 through 1921, in tournaments in Kaschau (Košice) (1918), Rotterdam (1919), Amsterdam (1920), Vienna (1920), and Gothenburg (1921). The Réti Opening (1.Nf3) is named after him. Réti defeated the world champion José Raúl Capablanca in the New York 1924 chess tournament using this opening – Capablanca's first defeat in eight years, his only one to Réti, and his first since becoming World Champion. Réti was also a notable composer of endgame studies. Réti composed one of the most famous chess studies. It was published in Ostrauer Morgenzeitung 4 December 1921. In the problem it seems impossible for the white king to catch the advanced black pawn, while the white pawn can be easily stopped by the black king. The idea of the solution was to move the king to advance on both pawns at the same time using specific properties of the chess geometry. In 1925 Réti set a world record for blindfold chess with 29 games played simultaneously. He won 21, drew six, and lost two. His writings have become classics of chess literature. Modern Ideas in Chess (1923) and Masters of the Chess Board (1933). Réti died on 6 June 1929 in Prague of scarlet fever. His ashes are buried in the grave of Réti's father Dr. Samuel Réti in the Jewish section of Zentralfriedhof cemetery in Vienna, in Section T1, Group 51, Row 5, Grave 34.

Signed Reti material is very scarce.


Verso slightly soiled else a very good item.