Baden Baden 1925 International Chess Tournament: The Arrival of Hypermodern Chess

Baden Baden 1925 International Chess Tournament: The Arrival of Hypermodern Chess

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Author: Grekov, Nicolai Ivanovich (1886-1951) and Jimmy Adams

Year: 1991

Publisher: Caissa Editions

Place: Yorklin, Delaware


382 pages with diagrams, illustrations, table and opening index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Edited and translated by Jimmy Adams. First American edition.

If there is one event which fully characterizes the color and excitement of the palmy days of Hypermodern Chess - then this must be the Baden Baden tournament of 1925. Despite the absence of the past, present and future world champions, Lasker, Capablanca and Euwe, most of the world's chess elite accepted Dr Tarrasch's invitation to take part in the competition which would surpass even those tournaments of Germany's golden pre-War period. So many different countries were represented that the Baden Baden contest was dubbed "The Championship of Europe", while, in addition, America also sent its best players. No wonder the ambitious Alekhine, as a consequence, was inspired to write what proved to be the longest openings survey of his life! Indeed, Baden Baden was of great historical significance in that it was Alekhine's first outright win in a really great tournament. His dazzling play prompted Tartakover to make his famous declaration: "Capalbanca is world champion, Dr Lasker was world champion, but Alekhine plays the way a world champion should play!" Two years later, Alexander Alekhine became world champion. Only one month after the completion of the tournament, the well-known chess publisher of those days, Bernhard Kagan, brought out a book with all the games - but without any annotations. With remarkable enterprise, a dissatisfied Russian, Nikolai Grekov, who, like Kagan, ran is own chess magazine, set out to produce a much better book. After some delay a marvelous Baden Baden tournament book, containing notes to all 210 games - many by the players themselves, was published in the Soviet Union two years later. Grekov's book, was a limited edition of only 5000 copies. This translation is the first edition of the scarce Russian publication.


A fine copy issued without jacket.

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