Author: Hamilton, William R (editor)
Publisher: United States Chess Federation
77+[1 ad] pages with photographs, tables and index. Octavo (9" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's spiral wrappers. Foreword by Elbert A Wagner, Jr. (Betts: 25-172) First edition.
Contains all of the 127 games played by each of the top 20 players of the 58 entries, totaling 208 games without notes.
The Blue room of the Roosevelt Hotel was the scene of the 47th Annual Congress and Open Championship Tournament of the Untied States Chess Federation with Herman Helms as the tournament director. With the extremely large and star-studded field, the tournament officials adopted a "Swiss System" of all players for eight preliminary rounds with place ties broken by the Sonneborn-Berger method to determine the play in the final rounds. The top ten players qualifying for the round robin Championship finals, the next ten for the Premier Reserves, etc. The scores compiled in the preliminary rounds were to be carried over into the final sections. The Championship Finals were extremely hard-fought, with first place remaining in doubt until the last round. The ultimate winner was Herman Steiner followed by Herbert Seidman who had played a grueling 117 move draw with Steiner and shared the distinction of being undefeated in the Finals. Abraham Kupchik pl;aced third. Sharing fourth was 16 year old Donald Byrne with Olaf Ulvestad. Sixteen year old Arthur Bisguier placed sixth ahead of a four way tie for seventh through tenth with Harry Fajans, Gerald Katz Walter Shipman and Frank Yerhoff. Robert Byren and George Kramer tied for first in the Premier Reserves.
Corners bumped, lightly soiled with some light edge wear else a very good copy.