The Monte Carlo Tournament of 1903

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Author: Kemeny, Emil (1860-1925) [editor]

Year: 1903

Publisher: American Chess Weekly

Place: Philadelphia


[6]+112 pages with plates, diagrams and table. Quarto (10 1/4" x 7 3/4") bound in original publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to cover. Includes a dedication to Professor Rice. (Betts: 25-42) First edition.

Contains an introduction with biographical notes, a general review of the play, and a survey of openings used, together with selected games, briefly annotated. The games are unnumbered; includes 42 pages of games played by the first three prize winners (i.e. most of their games) and selected games of the other contestants. (1. Tarrasch; 2. Marcozy; 3. Pillsbury).

In 1903 the quarter of Monte Carlo in the principality of Monaco hosted the third of four chess master tournaments designed to help bolster tourism during the winter season. Previously, the Monte Carlo (1902) event saw more invited players turn up to contest the prizes, but 1903 saw only 14 masters participating in the double round robin event. Mikhail Chigorin was turned away for his criticism of games won by Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia, and Semion Alapin, Isidor Gunsberg and David Janowski had to decline due to the invitations being sent last minute. Games were played between February 10th and March 17th in the Monte Carlo Casino, and when the players complained of the noise to tournament director Jules Arnous de Riviere, he told them they would just have to get used to it. Siegbert Tarrasch won the tournament after several losses in the opening rounds. Geza Maroczy who had won the tournament the previous year came in second. Harry Nelson Pillsbury, whose health in the last few years was steadily declining, managed only third place in what would be his penultimate international tournament. For Richard Teichmann, this was also another tournament that would contribute to the nickname of "Richard the Fifth" as he placed fifth in the standings just behind Carl Schlechter. Despite the absence of the alternate scoring for draws or replayed games (rules in place in the previous two installments), all of the games were hard fought each round of the event. Monte Carlo (1904) repeated the tradition the next year by featuring a themed event starting with a King's Gambit Accepted (C39) position.


Corners bumped, points rubbed, spine ends rubbed with light fraying. A very good copy issued without jacket.