Book of the Second American Chess Congress held at Cleveland, Ohio December, 1871
Book of the Second American Chess Congress held at Cleveland, Ohio December, 1871
Book of the Second American Chess Congress held at Cleveland, Ohio December, 1871
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Book of the Second American Chess Congress held at Cleveland, Ohio December, 1871

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Author: Brownson, Orestes Augustus (1828-1892)

Year: 1871

Publisher: O A Brownson

Place: Dubuque, IA

Description:

112 pages with 2 portraits and diagrams. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/4") bound in quarter brown cloth with marbled boards. (Betts: 25-8, (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5198) First edition.

The second American Chess Congress was held in Cleveland on December 4-15, 1871 and won by George Henry Mackenzie. The first prize was $100 ($1,500 today) and the total prize fund was $290 ($5,000 today). The entry fee was $10 ($150 today). It was a double round robin tournament with a time limit of 12 moves an hour. Draw games were replayed. There were nine players (George Henry Mackenzie, Henry Hosmer, Frederick Elder, Max Judd, Preston Ware, Harsen Darwin Smith, Henry Harding, A. Johnston, and William Houghton). With the retirement of Morphy, this tournament was generally intended to recognize the best player in the United States. Contains 67 games, a few ith annotations and awards and selections from the problem tourney (10 problems). Includes a frontispiece portrait of Max Judd, and a portrait of the problemist Theodore M Brown

Condition:

Corners bumped and rubbed, spine rubbed, some foxing, frontispiece portrait detached else a good to very good copy.