Author: Spence, Jack Lee (1926-1978)
Publisher: The White Castle Press
xii+98=[2 ad] typescript pages with tables and index. Small quarto (10 1/4" x 7") bound in original publisher's gray cloth with black lettering to cover. Spence limited editions of tournament books. American tournament series number 24. (Betts: 25-244) First edition number 43.
The Second Rosenwald Tournament commenced December 18th, 1955 and concluded on January 2nd, 1956, seemed somewhat tame in comparison with others in the series due to the many draws. In a close event, favored Samuel Reshevsky slipped into third place behind Arthur Bisguier and Larry Evans, both of whom tied for first on-half point of their dangerous rival. Chess Review editor I A Horowitz was fourth with 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 ahead of Walter Shipman and William Lombardy, both of whom tied for fifth and last place with 4 - 6, even though they were only two points behind the winners.
The third Rosenwald Tournament of the now annual event commenced at the Manhattan Chess Club in New York on October 7th and concluded October 24. Although Reshevsky figured in a spectacular upset in the first round losing to Donald Byrne, quickly recovered to play his steady positional chess to outdistance the field with a 9 - 2 score. Although Bisguier earned second place, he was never in contention and only by the margin of two late victories was he able to edge Feuerstein for second place. Feuerstein, a first time entrant, made a spectacular showing as he stayed within striking distance of Reshevsky for eight rounds only to suffer a partial collapse and lose tow of his last three games. Mednis earned fourth with 6 - 5 ahead of Bernstein, Byrne and Turner, who tied with even scores of 5 1/2. Abe Turner played weel through the first five rounds and to be a serious contender with his 4 - 1 score. However, he was able to collect only 1 1/2 point in the remaining rounds. Bobby Fischer, at thirteen, entered his first important event compiling the creditable total of 4 1/2 - 6 1/2 which was good for eight place tied with Marshall and Herbert Seidman. Even with his relatively modest score, he was the sensation of the event.
Soiled, some rippling to pages, corners bumped else a good copy.