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THE GRAND INTERNATIONAL MASTERS'CHESS TOURNAMENT AT ST.PETERSBURG,1914

THE GRAND INTERNATIONAL MASTERS'CHESS TOURNAMENT AT ST.PETERSBURG,1914

aljechinthegreat
Jan 3, 2011, 3:45 PM 1

THE GRAND INTERNATIONAL MASTERS'CHESS TOURNAMENT AT ST.PETERSBURG,1914

The whole of the games,with notes,both
original and compiled from various sources.

London
Printing-Craft,Ltd.,4 and 5,Adam Street,Strand,W.C.
and
Frank Hollings,7,Great Turnstile,Holborn,W.C.
1914

The St.Petersburg Tournament was probably one of the most important tournaments played
in chess history.
Lasker,Capablanca and Aljechin (Alekhine) in one and the same tournament(!!!),Lasker sill
the World Champion,Capablanca about to show his ambition for the titel and of course the
great and unforgotten Alexander Aljechin (Alekhine)...
This very rare book is a MUST in every chess players library but unfortunately i have only
one to offer...

Condition: HC Binding stained and rubbed,green colour is faded,inside front/back cover
minor waterstaining on outer edges,previous owner inscription on first fly leave,otherwise very good




Photograph of Players and Committee

Gunsberg,Blackburne,Lasker,Tarrasch,Burn,Gebhartt,Rubinstein,Bernstein,capablanca,Janowsky,
Wainstein,Marshall,Alechin,Maxinow,Maljutin,Sabonroff,Talwik,Sossnitzky,Rubinow,Lochwitzky,
Snosko-Borowsky,Nimzowitsch,Korolew

The tournament celebrated the 10th anniversary of the St. Petersburg Chess Society. The president of the organizing committee was Peter Petrovich Saburov. Members of the committee were: Boris Maliutin, Peter Alexandrovich Saburov, and O. Sossnitzky. They intended to invite the present top twenty chess players, with world champion Emanuel Lasker, challenger José Raúl Capablanca, and the two winners of the All-Russian Masters' Tournament 1913/14 (Alexander Alekhine and Aron Nimzowitsch). Unfortunately, Amos Burn, Richard Teichmann, and Szymon Winawer declined for reasons, such as old age. From the other side, Oldřich Duras, Géza Maróczy, Carl Schlechter, Rudolf Spielmann, Savielly Tartakower, Milan Vidmar and Max Weiss  could not accept due to tensions of Russia with Austria-Hungary in the year 1914. Finally, eleven top players from Germany, France, United Kingdom, United States, Cuba, and Russian Empire were accepted. According to the unofficial Chessmetrics  ratings, the tournament was (as of March 2005) the 13th-strongest tournament in history (in terms of the top players participating), and the 5th-strongest ever held up until that time.
The players got an excellent compensation for their expenses. Lasker got an additional 4500 Rubles for his first tournament in five years. Capablanca was well paid as well. Prizes or money for draws and wins had to be earned. The main event lasted from 21 April to 22 May 1914. The games were played at the St. Petersburg Chess Club in the afternoon and evening. The time control was 30 moves in 2 hours, followed by 22 moves in 1½ hours and 15 moves per hour for the rest of the game.

 

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