1914 - Lasker vs Tarrasch

1914 – Lasker vs Tarrasch

This game is from the infamous St. Petersburg International Chess Tournament of 1914. Then world champion, Emanuel Lasker plays fellow German and nemesis, Siegbert Tarrasch. Lasker was 45 years old at the time of this match and had convincingly defeated Tarrasch (+8 -3 =5) in a world championship match just six years earlier. The veteran Lasker would win the game and also go on to win the tournament. Tarrasch would place fourth behind Lasker and […]

Paul Keres & Tigran Petrosian

1963 – 1st Piatigorsky Cup

Paul Keres and Tigran Petrosian shared first place honors at the First Piatigorsky Cup Chess Tournament. Touted as the biggest tournament on American soil since Dallas 1957, the tournament took place at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California from July 2nd to July 30th, 1963. The event was organized by Jacqueline Piatigorsky, the wife of famed cellist and chess enthusiast Gregor Piatigorsky. The original plan for the tournament was to have it every two […]

1948 - New York

1948 – New York

Reuben Fine gave an impressive performance to win the 1948-49 international tournament in New York (USA). The event took place at the Manhattan Chess Club from December 23rd, 1948 to January 2nd, 1949 and oddly enough, did not take days off for either Christmas or New Year’s Day. The tournament was arranged in a spontaneous manner by the Manhattan Chess Club organizers when it was discovered that Fine, Gideon Stahlberg, Max Euwe, and Miguel Najdorf […]

1927 - New York

1927 – New York

Jose Raul Capablanca came out victorious in one of the strongest tournaments of all time in New York from February 19th – March 23rd, 1927. The event was held at the Trade Banquet Hall of the Manhattan Square Hotel. Only Capablanca (the world champion at the time) and his strongest rivals were invited to play, with the condition that the winner would challenge Capablanca for his title. Alexander Alekhine, Aron Nimzowitsch, Milan Vidmar, Rudolf Spielmann, […]

1883 - Mason vs Bird

1883 – Mason vs Bird

Featured below is a classic game from the sixth round of the 1883 London International tournament between legendary chess greats James Mason of Ireland and Henry Edward Bird of England. Bird would play a Sicilian Defense against his opponent’s king’s pawn opening, but severely neglected his kingside defenses and Mason would eventually take advantage. GAME SOURCE: Brooklyn Chess Chronicle 1884 – Vol.2 No.5 p.75 (Analysis by Mason)