Budapest 1896: The First Great Chess Tournament in Hungary

Budapest 1896: The First Great Chess Tournament in Hungary

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Author: Charouesk, Rudolf (1873-1900) and Geza Marcozy, etal

Year: 1994

Publisher: Caissa Editions

Place: Yorklin, Delaware


205 pages with plates, diagrams and tables. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Edited with commentary by John C Owen. Notes by Charousek, Marcoczy and other contemporaries. First edition.

This international tournament, held in honor of the 1000th anniversary of Hungary's turbulent existence was the first one ever staged on Magyar soil. Prominent masters from Russia, the United States, Austria, Germany, France and the host nation were on hand to participate in the historic proceedings. When Gyula Makovetz, one of the invited players, was unable to attend, Maroczy, brilliant second-place winner at Nuremberg eight weeks earlier, was given the chance to play. Unfortunately, he suffered a disappointing reversal in form (+4 -6 =2) and finished outside the prizewinner list. The tournament was a bitterly fought affair between two uncompromising warriors, Tchigorin and Charousek - both scoring 8 1/2 out of 12 points (+7 -2 =3). In their seventh-round meeting the young Bohemian downed his more experienced rival in 25 moves, but the mercurial Russian recovered to win a four-game playoff (+3 -1 =0) to pocket top prize money. Third prize fell to the exciting Pillsbury (+6 -3 +3), who finished a point behind the winners, losing contests to Charousek, Tarrasch and Albin. A Scant half point behind, tied for fourth and fifth places, were Schlechter and Janowski (+6 -4 =2).


Fine lacking dust jacket as issued.

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