THE INTERNATIONAL CHESS CONGRESS, by Emanuel Lasker - 1909 [1st Ed]


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The International Chess Congress, St. Petersburg, 1909

edited by Dr. Emanuel Lasker

with the Co-operation of the Tournament Committee

FIRST EDITION. New York: Press of Emanuel Lasker, 1909.

Softback is overall in GOOD+ condition.

  • Volume features black text and B&W chess design on front.
  • Book displays commensurate aging and wear, with a well-preserved interior.
  • Covers exhibit overall toning and water damage, as well as significant edgewear with chipping to foot corner on back, on an area of approx. 0.5" x 1", and a corner crease to head corner of back, 2" across corner. (See photos)
  • Front cover is detached.
  • Wraps additionally display two vertical tears to head edge of back, the longest being 0.5", and foot corner of front has a small cut. 
  • Front cover has uneven marginal toning, most likely from book having been stored on top. Maximum width of offset is 1" into cover along front shoulder, 0.75" along head edge, and 0.5" along fore edge which is affected only along 3.5" from head. (See photos)
  • Back cover has dampstain along edges, going 1.5" at maximum into cover. (See photos)
  • Spine is sunned, with cracking along shoulders, and displays a couple holes at foot end, as well as a 0.5" chip at head of spine piece, that minimally wraps around to back shoulder.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Front fep has a signature from previous owner, as well as a remnant of erased pencil writing.
  • Interior is gently age-toned, with evidence of water damage throughout. Damp stain and slight warping affect foot edge of pages throughout, and fore edge from foot, partially on first pages then gradually more with head edge being affected as well. Damp stain goes 0.5" into page from foot edge at maximum, and 0.25" into page from fore edge at maximum. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Index pages are more affected by damp stain, and additionally show dark graphite-like stains on pages 184-185 and 192 as well as on interior of back cover. (See photos)
  • Last index page shows some edgewear at corners.
  • Text block edges display significant toning, rubbing and scuffing, with smudges along head.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20200205

192 pages. 6 x 8.75 inches.

Book features B&W historical photographs, including a frontispiece, as well as some diagrams of chessboards to illustrated moves. Includes a Preface, the program of the tournament, and the detailed analysis of the games.

This book is a precious find for all who are passionate about chess. It presents a detailed analysis of the 175 games played at the International Chess Congress in St. Petersburg in 1909. Detailing each game move after move, the author, himself a player, expertly comments each move and its consequences, enabling the reader to measure the relevance of each decision, and follow the reflection of the players. It can be considered an invaluable guide to the technique of chess, presenting concrete examples of failures and victories, as well as an exceptional and interesting piece of history.

The St. Petersburg tournament of 1909 was one of the greatest international chess tournaments of the 20th century. Played at the height of the classical era, it featured most of the greatest masters of the time, including Bernstein, Rubinstein, Mieses, Lasker, Spielman, and Teichmann.

EDITION POINTS: Lasker's tournament book. First Edition.

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