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eBook The International Chess Congress St. Petersburg 1909 epub
  • ISBN: 1888690461
  • Author: Emanuel Lasker
  • Genre: Entertainment
  • Subcategory: Puzzles & Games
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Inc (September 2, 2008)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • ePUB size: 1515 kb
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Lasker's How to Play Chess: An Elementary Text Book for Beginners, Which . The International Chess Congress, St. Petersburg, 1909, 1910. Lasker vs. Jose Raul Capablanca, St Petersburg 1914.

Lasker's How to Play Chess: An Elementary Text Book for Beginners, Which Teaches Chess By a New, Easy and Comprehensive Method, 1900. Lasker, who needed a win here, surprisingly used a quiet opening, allowing Capablanca to simplify the game early

Lasker, Emanuel, 1868-1941, ed. Publication date. New York, Press of E. Lasker.

Lasker, Emanuel, 1868-1941, ed. library of congress; americana. The Library of Congress.

The great 1909 International Chess Congress has long since taken its place among the greatest chess tournaments of all time. Published January 1st 2011 by Russell Enterprises, Inc. (first published 1909). Petersburg, 1909.

The Famous Tournament Book by the Second World Chess Champion The International Chess Congress at St. Petersburg was the premier event of 1909, by far the strongest chess competition held that year. In February 1909, nineteen of the world's best chessplayers gathered in St. Petersburg to play in one of the most famous tournaments in chess history.

Note: New York: Press of E. Lasker, 1910. Subject: Chess - Tournaments, 1909. Tell us if something is incorrect.

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. St. Petersburg 1909 : The Famous Tournament Book by the Second World Chess Champion.

The international chess congress, St. by Dr Emmanuel Lasker. Lasker's tournament book includes all 175 games with his own annotations. 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 features most of the great masters of the time, including Lasker, Rubinstein, Teichmann, Bernstein, Schlecter, Tartakower, Mieses and Spielmann. The original book is now in the public domain, and used english descriptive notation.

One of the Great Chess Tournaments of All Time! The Famous Tournament Book by the Second World Chess Champion The International Chess Congress at St. Petersburg was the premier event of 1909, by far the strongest chess competition held that year. Even today, St. Petersburg 1909 ranks high on any list of top tournaments, a trial of skill which produced more than a few "anthology" games. In February 1909, nineteen of the world's best chessplayers gathered in St. Petersburg to play in one of the most famous tournaments in chess history. World Champion Emanuel Lasker topped the list of competitors, which also included Akiva Rubinstein, considered by many to be Lasker's likely successor, Carl Schlecter, who would play one of the most infamous matches against Lasker a year later, and many other of the "greats" of the era Spielmann, Bernstein, Teichmann, Mieses and Tartakower, to name but a few. This is the official tournament book available for the first time in English in algebraic notation written by Emanuel Lasker. He annotated all 175 games in the clear, instructive style that would become his trademark. The great 1909 International Chess Congress has long since taken its place among the greatest chess tournaments of all time. Now you may experience this 21st-century edition of Lasker's terrific tournament book.
Comments: (7)
Prompt delivery, well packaged.
Not many detailed notes by Lasker but you can learn a lot from the ones that are there. A bit advanced for a beginner, but good for one trying to become an expert.
This was a tragic reproduction. Lousy pictures and blurred pages.
I just returned this Kindle book to Amazon. It is badly misformatted in places. You see the discussion of a position starting with, say, move 15. Unfortunately, there is no diagram of the position at this point, no name of the game or who it is played between, no list of moves that have been made -- just a discussion of the moves! I found this in two places and had to return the book.

I eventually noticed that the games discussed were way further forward in the file. That is no excuse, and at least in the poorly formatted areas, the book is unreadable.

I own a copy of this book, just wanted to have it on my Kindle. Not this version! I hope this is corrected.

The diagrams that existed were fine, and I was otherwise pleased enough with the book. Most players would need a chessboard to follow the annotations -- they couldn't just read the book and follow the games -- there weren't enough diagrams to do that. I just opened SCID (Linux equivalent to Chessbase) on my computer and followed along. Till I got to the totally messed-up stuff.
O que atrai neste livro, que não precisaria de nada além para atrair tendo em vista o autor, foi uma opinião de Alekhine: "Emmanuel Lasker tem sido meu mestre toda minha vida. Se não fosse por ele eu não seria o que sou. Seu livro sobre o torneio de San Petersburgo 1909 foi para mim uma espécie de catecismo ao longo de todos esses anos. Tenho estudado uma e outra vez cada uma das idéias que Lasker comenta neste livro, e durante anos o tenho comigo dia e noite. A idéia de xadrez como arte seria inimaginável sem Emmanuel Lasker" É certo que essa opinião de Alekhine foi por ele mesmo contestada, quando anos depois escreveu uma série de artigos para Pariser Zeitung. Mas o contexto em que isso se deu foge um pouco do presente assunto. A respeito do livro e do autor há muitas implicações que até hoje convergem na história do xadrez. Para quem tem interese em conhecer o status quo do xadrez contemporaneo, uma das vertentes obrigatórias passa por Tarrasch, Steinitz, Lasker. Neste livro será possível principalmente aprender xadrez e inevitavelmente, por tabela, aprender história do xadrez. Para mim, como estudioso do xadrez, tem sido um trabalho mais lento, mas nem por isso menos gratificante em termos de conhecimento, o fato de estar traduzindo do ingles para o portugues, para entender as idéias de Lasker, que se não foi o maior, foi certamente um dos maiores campeões da história do xadrez.
Note: My review of this book is based on the red cover edition by Russell Enterprises.

All of my chess tournament reviews use the following method.
I analyze each book using these five categories:

Story of the tournament/match
Player biography
Coverage of games
Production Value

I also list any games that I really enjoyed playing over and found instructive/entertaining.

Then I give a final evaluation based on the following criteria:

Essential: Every serious chess player should own a copy of this book.
Recommended: Most players should own a copy of this book
Aficionado: Players who are very interested in tournaments and the history of chess a lot would enjoy this book.
Die Hards: Only those who are interested in completing collections or really want to look over the games of the given tournament should take the time to track this down

The St. Petersburg 1909 tournament started out as nineteen players battling for supremacy but in the finished as a two man race between the World Champion Emanuel Lasker and the man who was beginning to look like his next challenger, Akiba Rubinstein.
The two men tied for first with 14.5 points a whopping 3.5 points ahead of the rest of the field. Rubinstein beat Lasker head to head but Lasker finished with more wins as the second world champion only drew three games thus finishing with a score of thirteen wins, two losses, and three draws. Interestingly, both Lasker and Rubinstein (who lost only one game) were defeated by the same player Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky.

For this tournament, I started by looking over the brilliances prizes as recommended by Tim Harding in the forward then followed the top four finishers Lasker, Rubinstein, Duras, and Spielmann.

Story of the Tournament
There is not much here. Some bare notes are provided by Mr. Harding in the forward including information on openings played and Lasker provides to regulations of the games but that is all. To be fair, I do think that Lasker was trying to write a book that focused on the annotations rather than trying to create the definitive account of the tournament.

Lasker’s analysis of the games is very good overall. He includes variations but there is more emphasis on words to describe plans and ideas. As the World Champion himself pointed out in the preface, “The games in this book show the working of the mind of the master, and the commentary has been intended to guide the thought of him who plays over the games…” So the book is really aimed at students of the game. However, sometimes Lasker’s notes are uneven in that some games are deeply analyzed while others only lightly. That said, there is much to learn from Lasker, but one does get the sense the depth of analysis is based upon the games that interested him most.
There is one puzzling part to the annotations and that lies in what Lasker, in the preface, called the glossary. Was this another section eliminated later by him or just cut out for this edition? More importantly, would this glossary section have been of even more help to students of the game?

Biographical Information
There is really nothing except for some light notes by Mr. Harding in the Foreward. There is a nice picture of the participants but that about does it.

Coverage of Games
All 175 games are covered and all have at least some light notes even the dreaded Grandmaster Draws.

Production Value
The publisher of this figure algebraic notation edition of Lasker’s classic stayed true to the original version so the overall production value is what I would call solid in that they gave the public a nice, supple, quality paperback book but did not add anything. For the original version, there is an index containing the game numbers for each participant but there is no cross referencing which is annoying. I followed the advice of Mr. Harding and started with the two brilliance prize games but I had to search on my own which took some time and was very vexing. There is also an index of openings by games with no ECO but it should be noted that the games themselves do have the ECO code.

Games of Note:
Schlechter-Salwe Round 15: One of the brilliance prize winners.
Forgacs-Tartakower Round 18: The other brilliance prize winner.
Teichmann-Spielmann Round 14: Great play by Spielmann as he converts one advantage into another first space, the passed pawn, and finally endgame supremacy.
Forgacs-Spielmann Round 16: Excellent example of taking advantage of a lead in development to exploit the enemy king still stuck in the center.
Rubinstein-Freiman Round 16: Miniature win by Rubinstein featuring development lead, timely pawn break then overloading to win material.

And my two favorite games:
Lasker-Cohen Round 17: Nice game where Lasker plays all over the board with unrelenting pressure until his opponent cracks.
Lasker-Teichmann Round 19: Needing a win to catch Rubinstein, Lasker hammers Teichmann prying open his king and finishing him off with a powerhouse assault.
Final Evaluation


I know this book has been described as a classic by many but I have to give it the Aficionado rating for several reasons. First, there are some really good notes here and some gems of chess wisdom but one has to be willing to dig through all 175 games to find them which, if you are not a fan of any of these players, may not be your thing. Second, there is almost no background and biographical notes so this book is really aimed at an audience who already knows something about this tournament. Finally, there are a lot of positional struggles so if you are a fan of the Tal school of play you are going to find the cupboard pretty bare.

Bottom Line: The people who will really appreciate this book can be put into three groups. First and foremost will be fans of Lasker. Second will be fans of Rubinstein. This is what lead me to purchase the book when I was a much more cautious player, but in my old age I have just become quite rowdy (I used to play the French Defense and now play nothing but the Sicilian!) The third group would be endgame enthusiasts: they will find much here to ponder over. So if you fit into one of these groups, pick this book up. Otherwise, you may want to save your money.
Early Waffle
I can't comment on the review of the Kindle edition that criticized the formatting. I can tell you that most everything ever written by Emanuel Lasker, the second world chess champion, is still considered topical and instructive. I have the hard copy (i.e., traditional book) version.

St. Petersburg 1909 was where Akiba Rubinstein was recognized by most as being the legitimate challenger to Lasker. He defeated Lasker in their individual encounter in this tournament (a very famous game in its own right). Lasker does not burden the reader with extremely deep notes; his style had always been when annotating a game to give clear guidance to the reader about the ebb and flow of the game. For players of less than master strength, his notes will be exactly what is needed.
Without offering any representation, warranty or promise of any kind, let me just say thanks to whoever made this kindle edition available. I risked the purchase price, and so far I am pleased with it. Of course, I'll never get enough of Lasker, the wily genius.
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