Taking place a few weeks after Vienna’s major international event of the year in 1908, the Prague event was also organized to honor Emperor Franz Joseph’s 60th anniversary of ruling and showcased many of the same prominent figures.
Oldřich Duras and Carl Schlechter tied for the first place. Oldřich Duras, born in Prague, was one of the world’s premier tournament players from 1905 until the start of the First World War, and a three time Czech Champion. Let’s recall one of his famous victories from the mentioned tournament:
After World War I, Duras remained active in chess, but his results were not as impressive as before. He later became a respected chess writer and editor, and his books on openings and analysis were widely read and influential in the development of modern chess theory.