International Schaaktournooi Noordwijk 1938

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Author: Kmoch, Hans Joseph (1894-1973)

Year: 1938

Publisher: A W Sijthoff

Place: Leiden


viii+77 pages with table and diagrams. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's stiff boards in original pictorial jacket. (Vanderlinde Niemeijeriana:5589) First edition

1938 will go down in chess history as an outstanding year. It was ushered in by the traditional Invitation Masters Tournament sponsored by the Hastings and St. Leonard's Chess Club (England). In one of the strongest fields of recent years. United States Champion, Samuel Reshevsky, finished first, half a point ahead of C. H. O'D, Alexander (the British champion) and Paul Keres of Estonia.The center of interest then turned to the United States, which staged the biennial United States Chess Championship Tournament. Seventeen of the country's outstanding players battled for three weeks to determine the question of supremacy. The scene of action was the R.C.A. Building in New York City and Samuel Reshevsky repeated his fine performance of 1936 by retaining the title for another two years. Pressing him closely were Reuben Fine (who finished second. half a point behind), Albert C. Simonson (runner-up two years ago at the Hotel Astor), I. A. Horowitz (fourth), and I. Kashdan (fifth).

Easter week was featured by the Margate Congress (England). Dr. Alexander Alekhine, the World Champion, took premier honors a full point ahead of Rudolf Spielman, the Austrian grandmaster. Chess interest focused on Holland during the month of June. This was occasioned by the Noordwijk International Masters Tournament in which Erich Eliskases of Austria scored a well-merited triumph a point ahead of Paul Keres of Estonia, two points ahead of V. Pirc of Yugoslavia, and in front of Holland's pride, Dr. Max Euwe, former World Champion.


Some light pencil notations. Jacket lacking front fold over flap, corners, spine ends and edges chipped, tape and stains to extremities, 3" loss to spine center, soiled, otherwise a very good copy in a fair but incomplete scarce jacket.