St. Petersburg All-Russian 1914
64 Seiten, Broschüre, The Chess Player, 1. Auflage 2013
Aus der Reihe »Rare and Unpublished Tournaments«
Between the years 1900 and 1914, Russian chess made enormous strides because of the appearance of Bernstein, Rubinstein, Nimzovich, Salwe and other, lesser players, offset by the loss of Chigorin and Schiffers. By 1914, Russia was the strongest chess playing country in the world.
Despite this, the organisation of the chess community, at anational level, was still non-existent. The collection of tournaments held in St. Petersburg in late 1913 and early 1914 were organised by a local committee which evolved into the Russian Chess Union.
The purpose of these tournaments was to find a qualifier to play in the proposed grandmaster tournament which was eventually held in St. Petersburg in April/May 1914.
The organising committee arranged for a qualifying tournament, the AII-Russian Tournament of Amateurs, which was played in late 1913. From this tournament, there was to be one qualifier who would take part in the AII-Russian Tournament of Masters in January 1914 (the tournament which is the subject of this book). From this tournament, they planned to have one qualifier to the grandmaster tournament. In the end, for reasons given below, there were two qualifiers from each tournament.
The tournaments were played at the very fine headquarters of the St. Petersburg Chess Society, Liteyny 10, S1. Petersburg. The hours of play and time limit are currently unknown but one of Alekhines annotations refers to a lack of time approaching move 30, so we can assume that the first time control was at that point.
It is unlikely that this book contains all the surviving games. It has not been possible to make a full search of the Russian press where there should be a few more games. The names Qf the openings for the missing games were given in the Russian chess magazine Shakhmatny Vestnik 1914.
A.J.Gillam, February 2013