Author: Euwe, Machgielis (Max) (1901-1981) and Lodewijk Prins signed by all the contestants signed by all the contestants
Publisher: De Tijdstroom
280 pages with signed plates diagrams, tables, photographs and index. Royal Octavo (9 3/4" x 6 1/2") bound in original publisher's reddish brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Forewords by A De Roos and T Rutten. Preface by H J Van Steenis. With the handwritten signatures of all 20 participants: by the former world champion M. Euwe and the grandmasters Johannes H. Donner, Svetozar Gligoric, Albéric O'Kelly, Miguel Najdorf, Herman Pilnik, Vasja Pirc, Samuel Reshevsky, Nicolas Rossolimo, Gideon Stahlberg, Savielly Tartakower, Petar Trifunovic and the international masters CB van den Berg, Jan Foltys, Harry Golombek, Cenek Kottnauer, Haije Kramer, Theo D. van Scheltinga, Eugenio Szabados and by Gudmundur S. Gudmundsson (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5791) First edition signed edition limited to 100 copies.
In the winter of 1950 Lodewijk Prins, backed by a committee presided over by Hendrik Jan Van Steenis, organized an international chess tournament that was held at the stock exchange in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Invitations went out to all the strongest chess masters of the day, whether they reside in Europe, the Soviet Union, or the Americas. The Soviet Chess Federation declined the invitations sent to their masters (they would refrain from entering international competitions until late 1952), as did Lazslo Szabo. Nevertheless, the eventual line-up was still one of the finest selections to be found of the best, active Western chess masters of the day. The field was notable also for the healthy mix of both early century chess mastery and post-war talent emerging for the next generation. All of the best Dutch masters were present, including former world champion Max Euwe and the recent Hoogovens champion, 23 year old Jan Hein Donner. Another example of the generational split among the players was the presence of Savielly Tartakower, who had played against all the greats of the early 20th century, and his former pupil Miguel Najdorf who journeyed from Argentina to attend the event. Other notable participants both young and old were Samuel Reshevsky from the United States, Swedish champion Gideon Stahlberg, Yugoslavian players Svetozar Gligoric and Vasja Pirc, and Belgium's strongest master Alberic O'Kelly de Galway. All twenty players participated in the round robin event from November 11th to December 9th. G. van Harten served as wedstrijdleider (chief arbiter). The event was a spectacular run for Najdorf, who won clear first undefeated with 15 points out of 19 rounds. He earned wins against half the field, further cementing his status as one of the best players in the world at the time (there had been controversy surrounding his absence from the 1948 world championship tournament). However, Najdorf only finished one point ahead of clear second place Reshevsky who also finished undefeated, scoring an impressive 9 wins in the process. Stahlberg also had 9 wins, but tragically could not share second place with Reshevsky by a measly half point Other masters who placed in the top standings were Pirc and Gligoric as shared 4th and Euwe and Herman Pilnik as shared 6th. The brilliancy prize of the tournament went to Nicolas Rossolimo from France in his sixth round win against Dutch player Theo Daniel Van Scheltinga. Rossolimo maneuvered for 55 moves in a Caro-Kann, achieving a won endgame with a pushed passed pawn and a temporary queen sac in the finale. The tournament can be seen as a transitional gem, when the austere mastery of the pre-War years would soon give way (but not this year!) to the competitive talents of next generation and the Soviet Chess Machine of the 1950s.
The bookplate on front paste-down removed. Endplates and inner cover browned. Somewhat browned on the inside and occasionally stained. Few notes in pencil in the text. Loosened book block improperly glued with transparent adhesive tape. Cover slightly rubbed and slightly bumped else about very good.