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The Book of the New York International Chess Tournament 1924 - 2nd hand

Alexander Alekhine, Edited by Hermann Helms

With original annotations by Alexander Alekhine

First published in 1925 by the American Chess Bulletin, New York

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The great 1924 New York chess tournament is remembered as one of the most brilliant tournaments of all time. The greatest players of the day were there and the play was magnificent. There was José R. Capablanca, World Champion, known as the Chess Machine, since he had the fabulous record of losing only one game in 95 tournaments and matches, over the past ten years. There was Dr. Emanuel Lasker, whose fighting and chess profundity had ruled the world for 28 years; there was Alexander Alekhine, soon to be the next world champion; Frank Marshall, whose wiliness had won him many otherwise lost games, and Dr. Tartakower, Geza Maroczy, Richard Reti, E. Bogoljubow, F. Yates, Edward Lasker, and Janowski. 

The situation also was remarkable: for the first time the chess modernists were facing, en masse, the old guard in chess. Dr. Lasker, before the tournament, said, "How can we old-timers win any more?" The moment of crisis came when Capablanca, badly out of condition, failed to win game after game, and then lost to Reti—Capablanca's first loss in more than five years. The onlookers sat in stunned silence. And then Dr. Lasker, despite his advanced age, gradually drew ahead of the rest of the field. Capablanca, shocked into form by his loss, fought desperately to gain the lead. It was the most exciting tournament of the decade.

The chess played in those games was remarkable, and for years players have studied these games and played them over and over. The tournament book has long been a rare collector's item, greatly prized because of the marvellously imaginative and complete annotations of Alexander Alekhine, the best chess analyst, perhaps, of all time.

This volume contains all the 110 games played, fully annotated by Alekhine; these notes are not simply limited to alternate moves, but consider fully chess ideas and their values. Alekhine also added a 21-page discussion of the theory of openings developed in the tournament. This essay is one of the most important pieces of modern chess literature.

Complete unabridged reprint of the 1925 edition. 15 photographs. xi + 272pp. 5⅜ x 8½. Paperbound

With original annotations by Alexander Alekhine ; edited by Hermann Helms. Containing the authorized account of the 110 games played March-April, 1924 ; 
"In December 1923, following an aborted attempt to arrange a World Championship match between Capablanca and Alekhine, Hermann Helms, publisher of the American Chess Bulletin, Harry Latz, the General Manager of the Hotel Alamac in New York and Norbert Lederer, the Secretary of the Manhattan Chess Club, set about organizing a tournament to rival Cambridge Springs (1904). The tournament took place in the Hotel Alamac from the 16th of March to the 18th of April 1924. The participants were Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Marshall, Janowski, Maroczy, Bogolyubov, Reti, Tartakover, Edward Lasker, and Yates. The time limit was 30 moves in two hours and 15 moves per hour thereafter. Capablanca was expected to be the winner but the 55-year-old Dr. Lasker proved that he was by no means a spent force and ran away with the tournament. In a number of ways, the tournament paralleled the St Petersburg (1914) tournament with the top three place getters ten years older. It was also notable for Reti's use of his own opening, resulting in Capablanca's first tournament loss in eight years, and a number of masterpieces that were created. A silver cup and $75 in gold went to Reti for his win over Bogolyubov in Round 12."

  • Casa editrice Dover
  • Code NY24us
  • Anno 1961
  • Pagine 270
  • Isbn 0-486-20752-8