Baden 1914 Chess Gambit Tournament

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Author: Schroeder, James R signed

Year: 1972

Publisher: James R Schroeder

Place: Cleveland


42 unnumbered pages with drawings, diagrams and tables. Octavo (8 1/2" x 6 3/4") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Signed by author. (Lusis: 1432) First edition

To celebrate the opening of the Kasino Klub, February 23, 1914, in Baden by Vienna, Austria, it was decided to sponsor an international chess tournament. George Marco, publisher of the Wiener Schachzeitung, was authorized to organize and direct this event. Marco decided to hold a Gambit tournament because he was bored with the usual tedious repertoire of most chess masters. In order to make the games more interesting and original he declared that only Gambit Openings would be allowed. When Gambits are played the players are forced to play fighting chess. The acceptance of the Gambit was not mandatory, but a player must obtain permission from the tournament committee and specify the variation he intended to play in order to decline the Gambit. Unfortunately the Baden event overlapped the great St Petersburg tournament, which attracted many of the world's best foreign masters. Nevertheless a good field entered the double-round tournament which permitted any gambit except the universally popular Queen's Gambit! The ten player list was headed by the strong Danube contingent of Carl Schlechter, Rudolf Spielmann, Savielly Tartakower and Richard Reti - complimented by Gyula Breyer, Paul Johner, Hans Fahrni, Karel Opocensky, Karel Hromadka and Gustaf Nyhlom. The gambit warrior Spielmann repeated his Abbazia triumph by posting (+9-2=7). Tartakower secured second place with a last round draw against Hromadka which enabled him to edge the undefeated Schlechter by a half point. A half point behind for fourth was Breyer followed by Johner and Reti whom finished a disappointing fifth through sixth. Fahrni and Hromadka shared seventh and eight with scores of 8. Ninth was Opocensky followed by Nyholm. (Goldman: Carl Schlechter!)


Signed on the front page, corners gently bumped else a very good copy.