Fünfzehn ausgewählte partien des schachmeisterturniers in Kaschau vom 3.-19. August 1918

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Author: Mieses, Jacques (1865-1954)

Year: 1918

Publisher: Hans Hedewig's Nachfolger, Curt Ronniger

Place: Leipzig

Description:

31 pages with diagrams and table. Octavo (9" x 6") issued in original publisher's wrappers. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5330) First edition.

Kaschau, a city of some 30,000 inhabitants in 1918 was one of Hungary's principal chess centers. Since the brilliant Rudolf Charouse (1873-1900) had spent most of his life there, the tournament was dedicated to the memory of the gifted Hungarian master once considered a likely challenger for Lasker's crown. Mieses, author of a slim 31 page pamphlet on the Kaschau tournament (featuring but 15 selected games owning to a wartime paper shortage), asserts that it was one of the most important chess gatherings since the outbreak of the Great War. Regrettably absent from the list are the names of Fleischmann and Maroczy, both of whom could not participate because of professional duties. Also missing was Spielmann, who like Tartakower, was unable to play because of military duties. The 29-year old Reti won in impressive style (9+ -0 =2), scoring six points in his games against the seven other prizewinners. In last-round action Vidmar (+7 -2 =2), with a doubled pawn more, declined a draw offered by Reti. Needing a win for tie for first place. Vidmar sought to convert his extra pawn into a victory - but lost a finely played 67 move ending to the brilliant leader of the postwar Hyper-Modern school. In dividing the third and fourth prizes with Breyer (+7 -3 =1), Schlechter only dropped one game, this to Vidmar, and drew with Reti and Breyer. Despite his physically weakened condition, the Austrian GM displayed flashes of his old form. In second-round play he scintillated against Havasi by producing an incisive 19 move win. Another reminder of past glories was his victory over Balla. One would not guess from Schlechter's energetic handling of these contests that he had but four more months to live. The future Viennese Grandmaster, Ernst Grunfeld, made his international debut at Kaschau (+2 -2 =7), dividing the sixth and seventh prizes with Balla. (Caissa Editions, Carl Schlechter!)

Condition:

Edge wear with a few closed tears, age toning to pages, front heal corner creased else a very good copy