Ostende 1906- $89.95

by Tony Gillam, 445pp., Hardcover (2005 Caissa Editions) -
Finally this complex and great tournament appears just about one hundred years after it occurred. Schlechter won by a slight margin in a very complicated series of qualifying sections. Gillam has worked hard with a dedicated band of helpers to track down all the known games, graced in most cases with notes of that era. Many great players such as Lasker, Schlechter, Burn, etc contributed notes. Also included are photos of most of the players plus photos of the great Kursall on the boardwalk at the resort city of Ostende plus a signed photo of the outside of that impressive building with the autographs of the thirty competitors. Two slight books with only a tiny fraction of the games were published just after the tournament in the German language, but they scarcely did justice to this strong and large even

Vladimirs Petrovs: A Chessplayerís Story From Greatness to the Gulags

by Andris Fride - $44.95

Vladimir Petrovs from Latvia was one of the leading players of the thirties and early 40's before he became a victim of the Soviet oppression perishing in a gulag in 1943. Petrovs greatest chess achievements were his tie for first at Kemeri 1937 (ahead of Alekhine, Keres and Fine), and his outsanding 72% score for Latvia at the 1939 Olympiad in Buenos Aires, against players like Capablanca, Alekhine and Tartakower. In this book there is a biographical account of his chess career along with all the 265 games that can be found. Notes, often by Petrovs and other outstanding players are given to many of his best games.

190 pages, Published by Caissa Editions