21st Claire Benedict Chess Cup (Program)

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Author: Clare Benedict Chess Cup signed by the participatns

Year: 1974

Publisher: Clare Benedict Chess Cup

Place: Menorca


24 unnumbered pages with photographs and tables. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6 1/2") bound in original publisher's pictorial stapled wrappers. Signed by many of the contestants, organizers and arbitrators. First edition.

Signed on the front wrapper verso and title by many of the players and by Alois Nagler tournament organizer next to his photograph and Jorge Puig, director of the tournament with and inscription. It is signed by Juan Casals, director of the Cup and Olaf Ulvestad and Nicolas Pascual two of the three arbitrators. Signatures next to the competitors pictures and those on the title and wrapper are Lothar Schmid, Ulf A Pomar, Gennadi Sosonko, Andreas Dueckstein, André Lombard, William Hartston, Werner Hug, Antonio Medina and Raymond Keene. The tournament tables have handwritten entries corresponding to the scores and contestants as the tournament progressed.

Clare Benedict was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, in 1870. She was a distant relative of James Fenimore Cooper (her great-grandmother was his sister). She was wealthy and never had to work for money; her wealth was based on steel and oranges. She spent much of her life in Europe, travelling with her aunt, the writer Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894), later with her mother Clara (1844-1923), visiting places, attending festivals, concerts and theatrical performances. She died in 1961 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Benedict is perhaps best remembered as a patron, in various. She made possible the Clare Benedict Chess Cup, an annual international team chess tournament, which was held from 1953 to 1979, when, apparently, the funds ran out (Olimpbase).

21st Claire Benedict was held in Menorca, Span the 3rd to the 13th of May a the Hotel Cala Galdana. The eight participating teams were Sweden (14), Denmark (14.5), Spain (10.5), Holland (13), Austria (9), Switzerland (15), Germany (17.5) and England (18.5) with the total points in brackets.


Signed with annotated scores, light edge wears else very good to fine copy.