The Second International Chess Tournament: Ostende 1906

The Second International Chess Tournament: Ostende 1906

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Author: Gillam, Anthony J (editor)

Year: 2005

Publisher: Caissa Editions

Place: Yorklin, Delaware


445+[3 ad] pages with diagrams, plates, tables and indexes. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. First edition.

In the Master's tournament 36 participants were divided into four group of nine each, labelled A, B, C and D. First-round pairings saw Group A play against Group B, and Group C against D. After the first stage the players with the three lowest scores in each group retired from the tourney, with the consolation prizes according to their scores. The remaining six masters in each of the four of the four groups proceeded to play a second stage - A playing C and B meeting D. The two lowest scores from each group then withdrew with further consolation prizes. Of the sixteen remaining competitors (four in each group), A then played D and B faced C - thus completing the round-robin among the four groups. A fourth stage pitted group members against each other - A playing A, etc. The seven lowest players were then eliminated. Of the remainder Schlechter didn't appear destined for the winner's circle. Four successive victories in the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th rounds (Johner, Marco Fahrni and Bur) had propelled him into a half-point lead over Maroczy. A loss to Bernstein in the 17th round dropped him into a tie for first with Maroczy and Janowski. The blow by blow continuation is here in contained in this wonderful production.


Corners bumped. Front head corner bumped else a near fine copy without jacket as issued.