III Internationales Schachmeisterturnier zu Ostende vom 16 Mai bis 25 Juni 1907

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Author: Teichmann, Richard (1868-1925) from the library of E G R Cordingley

Year: 1923

Publisher: Schach Verlag Bernhard Kagan

Place: Berlin

Description:

336 pages with tables, diagrams and plates. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. From the library of E G R Cordingley. (Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5286) First edition.

The Ostend 1907 chess tournament was divided into two sections: the Championship Tournament and the Masters' Tournament. The first section was for players who had previously won an international tournament. The Championship Tournament took place in the Casino of Ostend from 16 May to 14 June 1907. Dawid Janowski, Siegbert Tarrasch, Carl Schlechter, and Frank Marshall had accepted the invitation for the tournament. Emanuel Lasker and Geza Maroczy declined and were replaced by Amos Burn and Mikhail Chigorin. The time restriction was 30 moves in two hours and 15 moves in one hour. Tarrasch won the golden medal and 2603 francs. Schlechter became second and gained 2277 francs. In the Ostend tournament of 1907 the term "grandmaster" (actually Grossmeister in German) was used, so these players were described as grandmasters for the purposes of the tournament. After winning the tournament, Tarrasch was crowned the "World Champion Tournament Player" by the tournament organizers. Lasker finally agreed to a title match in 1908, and beat Tarrasch convincingly (+8 -3 =5). The Masters' Tournament was a twenty nine-player round-robin. It was played from 16 May to 25 June. Ossip Bernstein and Akiba Rubinstein ended equal as winners at Ostend B.

Edgar George R Cordingley (1905-1962) of England had a collection of over 2,000 chess books. He began dealing in chess books in 1934. He moved to the premises of John Lewis, on Oxford Street, where the National Chess Centre was also located. But on September 18, 1940 German bombs hit the site and completely destroyed all of Cordingley's chess books. After Cordingley died, Ken Whyld acquired his chess library.

Condition:

Cordingley's signature to verso of first picture and front pasted down, and stamp to title. Original wrappers bound in, corner bumped, some pencil notations, first signature loose else a good to very good copy.