My Fifty Years of Chess

Author: Marshall, Frank James (1877-1944) signed

Publisher: Horowitz and Harkness

Location: New York

Year: 1942



vi+242 pages with 13 illustrations, portraits and diagrams with index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") issued in red with gilt lettering with in a black box on cover and spine with red dust jacket with a picture of Marshall on front cover and white lettering. Volume 2 in the chess classic series. Signed limited edition of which this is 332 of 500 copies. (Betts: 29-72) This signed limited edition in not referenced in Betts. First edition.

Frank Marshall was born on August 10, 1877, he was born in the city of Brooklyn (at present, the district of New York), the American chess player, one of the strongest world chess theorists at the beginning of the 20th century. Frank Marshall began playing chess in Canada, where in 1894 became by the champion of the Montreal's chess club. On returning to America won the champion's title of the chess club, located in Brooklyn (1899). He won the one-round tournament at the chess congress, held in London (1899). In 1900 shared the 3rd-4th place with G. Marosi in Paris and once defeated upon the tournament's winner, Em. Lasker. In 1903 occupied the 2nd place in Vienna (gambit tournament). In 1904 occupied the 3rd place at the tournament, held in Monte Carlo, and at the Cambridge-Springs became by the winner (the highest sports success), in 2 points having outrun Lasker and D. Yanovsky. F. Marshall was awarded by the US champion title for the victory a the tournament, but he refused of this title, because G. Pillsbury didn't participate at the competition. He won 15 matches from 23 ones (1 match was in a draw). However, he was defeated by Lasker at the match for the world championship (1907) (+0, -8, =7); he also suffered the large defeats at the matches with Z. Tarrasch (1905; +1, -8, =8) and Capablanca (1909; +1, -8, =14). Yanovsky (1899; +1, -3, =0; 1905; +8, -5, -4; 1908, +2, -5, =3; 1912, +6, -2, =24 1916, +4, -1, =3); R. Teikhmann (1902; +2, -0, =3); A. Rubinstein (1908; +3, -4, =1); J. Mizes (1908; +5, -4, =1); O. Duras (1913; +3, -1, =1). In 1909, having won at the match of J. Showalter (+7, -2, =3), he became by the US champion. In 1936, being unconquerable, he became by the champion, having expressed a wish this title would played at the tournaments in future. A participant of a number of the All-world Olympiads. The role of Marshall in the chess development in USA is great. In 1915 he organized the chess club - “Marshall chess club” and up to the life end remained by its leader.


Previous owner's stamp on front end paper, back page and end paper soiled. Dust jacket edge wear with chips and closed tears.

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