London: Chatto & Windus/Putnams, 1896. First Edition. Octavo. Item #028374
xii, 370 pages, (1) p. publisher's ad, illustrations, and diagrams. Hastings 1895 was arguably the strongest tournament in history at the time it occurred. All the top players of the generation competed. It was one of the first times such a "super-tournament" was conducted. The brilliant but unknown young American Harry Nelson Pillsbury was the surprise winner with 16½ out of 21 points ahead of Mikhail Chigorin and world champion Emmanuel Lasker. The top five finishers were invited to play in the Saint Petersburg 1896 chess tournament. p. 345-362 have biographies of the players beginning with Pillsbury who at age 22 was by far the youngest of the International Masters. What makes this an important work for the serious chess player is that besides the listing of the games, the various masters discuss the games of fellow players, for instance, the game of August 20 in which Lasker defeats Pillsbury, it is clear the younger player had won the game but made a serious mistake. Dr. Tarrasch is the analyst for that game. Bound in red cloth, spine lettering and top edge gilt, light rubbing to head, inner front hinge starting, bookseller's ticket to front pastedown and raised stamp of name and address of same bookseller on bottom of title page. A very good copy.