The Book of the New York International Chess Tournament 1924, Containing the Authorized Account of the 110 Games Played March-April 1924

Author: Alekhine, Alexander Alexandrovich (1892-1946)

Publisher: American Chess Bulletin/Prtining Craft, Ltd

Location: New York and London

Year: 1925



xxiv+273+[ix errata] pages with frontispiece and 13 portraits of the players and organizers of the tournament, diagrams, tables numerous plates. Royal octavo. Bound in burgundy with black lettering to spine and cover. Edited by Hermann Helms. Annotations by Alexander Alekhine. (Betts: 25-73) First American 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. There are some mistakes but this is probably the best tournament book written, rivaled only by Bronstein's Zurich 1953.


Attractively rebound in burgundy with black lettering to spine and cover. A very good to fine copy.

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