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The Year-Book of Chess 1907

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256 pages, hardback, Reprint, Moravian, 2004, original edition 1907

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In placing the present work before the attention of the chess playing public, I feel that an annual authority on the game has long been needed in England. Whereas every other art, pastime, or recreation has its year book or annual guide of reference, Chess has hitherto been thought unworthy of any such dignity, or else the promise of support for such a venture has appeared too uncertain to warrant the necessary trouble and expense.

The weekly columns in the leading papers, and the excellent work done by Mr. I. M. Brown for The British Chess Magazine supplies the chess public with all they can want at, the moment of current news, and this can be augmented by subscription to the many national magazines of Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Bohemia, the United States, etc., etc. These magazines possess permanent merit, but there is much in them which is of purely ephemeral interest, and it is in this respect that the necessity of a Year Book makes itself felt. For although chess players should be in touch with current events and items of local interest, when the end of the season comes much of this is forgotten, and much is desired to be preserved. To select for oneself is both costly and troublesome; it necessitates a news-cutting book and subscription to all magazines and journals of merit in every country. Providing a player is a good linguist and has the time to spare, he can make his own annual, but if not he wants it done for him.

The plan of the Year Book is to be seen in the following pages. In two words, it is " Reference " and " Study." For club secretaries there is the Club Directory, for the general reader there are the reports of the year's tournaments, scoring tables, and statistics. For study there are the games, the notes to which we have collected from the world's authorities.

And the present is the most fitting place for a few words of acknowledgment to those critics and magazines whose opinions are quoted. Special thanks are due to Herr G. Marco, Editor of the Wiener Schachzeitung, 51, Alserstrasse, Vienna, for his kindness in placing all his notes at my disposal. To draw any distinctions between the various national magazines would be impossible, or, if possible, invidious. The British Chess Magazine, La Strategic, Deutsche Schachzeitung, Wiener Schachzeitung, American Chess Bulletin, Lasher's Chess Magazine, Tidskrift for Schach, Tijdschrift, Casopis Ceskych Sachistu, Revue d'Echecs, Rivista Schaschista Italiana, and many others have all been drawn upon. Outside the national magazines many papers do splendid work. Again it is difficult to draw distinction, except in one case. That one case is the Field, which, we think, everyone will agree, stands quite alone in enterprise and quality outside the national magazines. Even the national magazines cannot do without it. The Editor of the Field is always first in publishing news of international interest. Tournaments where the games are inaccessible to the Press, without extravagant payment, receive the same attention as those where such restrictions are not

in vogue. In short, such is the character of the work Mr. Hoffer supplies to his readers that it can be said without exaggeration that to attempt a Year Book without drawing on the Field would be to exclude many of the best games and the most necessary information. There are, of course, besides many daily papers, Sunday papers, and weeklies, both in London and the provinces, whose columns are equally good in a smaller way. These have been found very useful, and are duly acknowledged in the body of the work. When no such acknowledgment appears, the Editor is responsible for the notes.

In conclusion, I owe very many thanks to the many subscribers who have given support and encouragement to the Year Book before publication. The belated appearance of the Year Book for 1907 is due to a number of causes, which it would be tedious to discuss here. Suffice it to say that in future the Year Book will appear regularly in the January of the year for which it is dated.

E. A. MICHELL., London, June, 1907.

In placing the present work before the attention of the chess playing public, I feel that an annual authority on the game has long been needed in England. Whereas every other art, pastime, or recreation has its year book or annual guide of reference, Chess has hitherto been thought unworthy of any such dignity, or else the promise of support for such a venture has appeared too uncertain to warrant the necessary trouble and expense.

The weekly columns in the leading papers, and the excellent work done by Mr. I. M. Brown for The British Chess Magazine supplies the chess public with all they can want at, the moment of current news, and this can be augmented by subscription to the many national magazines of Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Bohemia, the United States, etc., etc. These magazines possess permanent merit, but there is much in them which is of purely ephemeral interest, and it is in this respect that the necessity of a Year Book makes itself felt. For although chess players should be in touch with current events and items of local interest, when the end of the season comes much of this is forgotten, and much is desired to be preserved. To select for oneself is both costly and troublesome; it necessitates a news-cutting book and subscription to all magazines and journals of merit in every country. Providing a player is a good linguist and has the time to spare, he can make his own annual, but if not he wants it done for him.

The plan of the Year Book is to be seen in the following pages. In two words, it is " Reference " and " Study." For club secretaries there is the Club Directory, for the general reader there are the reports of the year's tournaments, scoring tables, and statistics. For study there are the games, the notes to which we have collected from the world's authorities.

And the present is the most fitting place for a few words of acknowledgment to those critics and magazines whose opinions are quoted. Special thanks are due to Herr G. Marco, Editor of the Wiener Schachzeitung, 51, Alserstrasse, Vienna, for his kindness in placing all his notes at my disposal. To draw any distinctions between the various national magazines would be impossible, or, if possible, invidious. The British Chess Magazine, La Strategic, Deutsche Schachzeitung, Wiener Schachzeitung, American Chess Bulletin, Lasher's Chess Magazine, Tidskrift for Schach, Tijdschrift, Casopis Ceskych Sachistu, Revue d'Echecs, Rivista Schaschista Italiana, and many others have all been drawn upon. Outside the national magazines many papers do splendid work. Again it is difficult to draw distinction, except in one case. That one case is the Field, which, we think, everyone will agree, stands quite alone in enterprise and quality outside the national magazines. Even the national magazines cannot do without it. The Editor of the Field is always first in publishing news of international interest. Tournaments where the games are inaccessible to the Press, without extravagant payment, receive the same attention as those where such restrictions are not

in vogue. In short, such is the character of the work Mr. Hoffer supplies to his readers that it can be said without exaggeration that to attempt a Year Book without drawing on the Field would be to exclude many of the best games and the most necessary information. There are, of course, besides many daily papers, Sunday papers, and weeklies, both in London and the provinces, whose columns are equally good in a smaller way. These have been found very useful, and are duly acknowledged in the body of the work. When no such acknowledgment appears, the Editor is responsible for the notes.

In conclusion, I owe very many thanks to the many subscribers who have given support and encouragement to the Year Book before publication. The belated appearance of the Year Book for 1907 is due to a number of causes, which it would be tedious to discuss here. Suffice it to say that in future the Year Book will appear regularly in the January of the year for which it is dated.

E. A. MICHELL., London, June, 1907.

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Weight 500 g
Manufacturer Moravian
Width 15 cm
Height 21 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2004
Author E. A. Michell
Language English
ISBN-10 8071895016
Year of Original Version 1907
Pages 256
Binding hardback

ii I. Preface and Introductory remarks

II. Articles

001 "On Odds." By G. W. Richmond

011 " The Ostend Tournament." By I. Gunsberg

023 "Some Chess Celebrities 1 have Met"

028 "Harry Nelson Pillsbury"

III. Leading Events of the Year 1906

031 Russian National Tournament at St. Petersburg

041 Quadrangular Russian Tournament at Lodz

041 Quadrangular Russian Tournament at St. Petersburg

042 Stockholm Tournament

082 Scottish Chess Association Congress at Glasgow

084 The Ostend Congress

155 Hungarian National Tournament

158 The Nürnberg Congress

196 British Chess Federation Congress at Shrewsbury

212 Congress at Trenton Falls

IV. Statistics, etc.

213 Masters' Averages, 1906

214 Leading Masters' Averages for the Past Few Years

215 Chief Prize Winners of International Masters' Tournaments since 1881

218 Principal County and Club Champions, 1900

V. Problem Section

221 Competitions

222 Original Problems

224 "Les Tours de Force sur l´Echiquir

226 VI. Leading Events and Future Arrangements, 1907

227 VIII. Chess Club Directory

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