Bradley Beach 1929 International Chess Tournament

Bradley Beach 1929 International Chess Tournament

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Author: James Schroeder (1927-2017) editor

Year: 1980

Publisher: James R Schroeder

Place: Cleveland


45 unpaginated pages with diagrams and tables. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original wrappers. (Lusis: 1452) First edition.

Bradley Beach (1929) international chess tournament was held at the Hotel La Reine. Bradley Beach had been the site of the National Chess Federation championship in 1928 and had been a possible site for a 1929 WC rematch between Alekhine and Capablanca that broke down in negotiations. A New York Times article from 10 July 1928 reported that the organizers were considering an invitation to Vera Menchik, which would have been the first woman participant in an international men's tournament. As it happened, Menchik accomplished this at Carlsbad later that year. Edward Lasker was a possible entrant, and was present at Bradley Beach (NY Times 3 Jun 1929), but ultimately did not play. Alekhine had been in the US on a simultaneous exhibition tour during March and the early part of May 1929 so Bradley Beach was Alekhine's first tournament after winning his world championship match with Jose Raul Capablanca. Alekhine was in top form, winning every game except one draw with Kupchik. Lajos Steiner might have given Alekhine more of a run for first had he not had back-to-back draws in rounds 4 and 5, against Turover and Marshall, respectively. Steiner did cut Alekhine's lead to a half point in round 7 when Alekhine gave up his only draw to Kupchik. The crucial game came, appropriately enough, in the last round (L Steiner vs Alekhine, 1929). Alekhine won, so L. Steiner finished a game and a half out of first. No one else came close, with both Kupchik and Turover finishing a game and a half behind L. Steiner. Frank Marshall had a disappointing result claiming sixth place with three wins, losses and draws each.


Some age toning to pages and light sunning to extremities else a very good copy.

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