Tuesday, February 4

Oldrich Duras sails for Europe today; Czech Master hopes to compete at St. Petersburg

Oldrich Duras sails today from New York for Europe after a stay of more than six months' duration in the New World. The Czech Master, whose modest and friendly demeanor has earned him universal admiration during his sojourn in America, plans first to rest for a time at home in Prague, after which he hopes to enter the lists this spring at the grand international tourney set for St. Petersburg. While in America Duras took second place behind Capablanca at last summer's Rice Chess Club Masters' tournament and also played short matches vs. Abraham Kupchik and United States Champion Frank J. Marshall, winning the former by a score of 2-1 and losing the latter 3 1/2 - 1 1/2.  Most recently Duras played for the Rice Chess Club in the first two rounds of the Metropolitan Chess League season, games which the reader will find reproduced below. We wish a safe and pleasant voyage to the amiable Master as he sets sail, and bid him a fond farewell, with the sincere hope that we may enjoy his company once again in the not-too-distant future.

Here Duras faces Oscar Chajes on first board in the Metropolitan League match between the Rice and Progressive Chess Clubs, won by the latter side 5 1/2 - 2 1/2.

Duras, again representing the Rice Club, plays to a draw vs. William T. Ryan of the Staten Island Chess Club in a match won by the Rice men by the score of 6-2.


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