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Ostende 1906

Ostende 1906

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Product type: Printed book

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Tony Gillam (Ed)

With 36 competitors and 326 games played, Ostende 1906 was one of the biggest chess tournaments of it's day. Schlechter won by a narrow margin following a very complicated series of qualifying sections. Only Lasker and Tarrasch opted not to play, making it an immensely powerful event that saw the introduction of several new young players on to the international scene, including Rubinstein.

The story of this organizationally complicated and controversial event is told in this book. It is a great shame that this tournament has had to wait for nearly a hundred years for the chess world to do it justice but Tony Gillam has worked hard with a dedicated band of helpers to trace all the known games, accompanied in most cases with notes from that era.This book contains not only all the available games from the tournament (230 games) but also annotations by many of the great players of the day. Their verbatim reproduction should enable the reader to re-enter that period when the open games of the nineteenth century were giving way to the closed openings of the twentieth.

Also included are photos of most of the players, photos of the Kursall at the resort city of Ostende plus a signed photo of the outside of that impressive building with the autographs of the thirty six competitors. A carefully researched work which does justice to this important tournament.

Published 2005, hardback, 445 pages.


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