Das Zweite Internationale Schachturnier in Karlsbad 1911

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Author: Vidmar, Vidmar (1885-1962)

Year: 1912

Publisher: A Stein's Verlagsbuchhandlung

Place: Potsdam


2 volumes in 1: 192 pages with frontispiece, plates, diagrams and tables; 192 pages with frontispiece, diagrams and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") bound in half blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5302) First edition.

Carlsbad 1911 has emerged as one of the truly memorable tournaments of chess history. It was a strong, single round-robin duel to the death which required 25 rounds and five weeks to complete. A total of 325 games was played. An indication of Carlsbad's popularity as an international chess mecca is that the organizing committee headed by Victor Tietz received more than 40 applications to play. A number of well known masters, however, were absent from the fray - among them Lasker, Tarrasch, Marcoczy, Capablanca, Bernstein and Janowski. By the end of the seventh round Schlechter led Teichmann by two full points - followed closely by Rubinstein, Suchting, Marshall, Jaffe and Burn, all bunched together with 4 1/2. The throng of onlookers were hardly prepared for the surprises of the eighth and ninth rounds. The streaking Schlechter suddenly stumbled - losing a minor-piece ending to the newcomer Rotlevi. A second successive loss followed at the hands Duras. Schlechter regained his winning stride the following round with a spectacular sacrificial victory over Leonhardt. At the end of 13 rounds he still led the closely pursuing Teichmann by half a point, 10 to 9 1/2. Schlechter's draw against Vidmar in the next round, coupled with Teichmann's win over Tartakower, deadlocked the pair at 10 1/2 each. The issued was decided in the 18th round when the two front-runners clashed. Teichmann devised a handsome sacrificial victory to augment a lead he was never to relinquish. (Goldman:Schlechter! Caissa Editions)


Extremities rubbed, corners bumped and rubbed through, back head hing cracked, shelf wear, else a good to very good copy of a scarce tournament book.