Author: Alekhine, Alexander Alexandrovich (1892-1946) edited by Herman Helms
Publisher: American Chess Bulletin/Printing Craft, Ltd
Place: New York and London
xxiv+273+[is errata] pages with frontispiece and 13 portraits of the players and organizers of the tournament, diagrams, tables numerous plates. Royal octavo. Bound in brown cloth. Edited by Hermann Helms. Annotations by Alexander Alekhine. (Betts: 25-73) First edition.
In 1924 New York staged a great tournament by having the three giants of the age: Capablanca, Lasker and Alekhine. It was something like a rematch of the 1914 St Petersburg tournament, with all of them 10 years older. There was a good mixture of veterans (Janowski, Marcozy and Marshall) with younger hypermoderns (Reti, Tartakower and Bogoljubow), though some top challengers (Vidmar, Nimzowitsch and Rubinstein) were absent. Everyone expected World Champion Capablanca to win and wondered how Lasker, the 55 year old dethroned lion would perform. Lasker ran away with the tournament, scoring a phenomenal 80% against the elite of the chess world. Brilliancy prizes went to Reti for his win over Bogoljubow, Marshall for his win over Bogolijubow and to Capablanca for his win over Lasker. The event was crowned by Alekhine's deep annotations in a book that is still popular and well received by chess society. There are some mistakes but this is probably the best tournament book written, rivaled only by Bronstein's Zurich 1953. Condition: Attractively rebound in burgundy with black lettering to spine and cover.
Provenance Brooklyn Public Library with their stamp to head and tail end pages, rebound in brown cloth, first few pages heal corner creased else very good.