107 Great Chess Battles, 1939-1945by Alexander Alekhine
One of the greatest players of all time, Alexander Alekhine (1892–1946) was world chess champion for over 16 years. Not only a supreme master of the complicated position, he was also an excellent annotator. In this volume he supplies much information and insight about more than 100 games played between 1939 and 1945, as well as delightfully candid views on… See more details below
One of the greatest players of all time, Alexander Alekhine (1892–1946) was world chess champion for over 16 years. Not only a supreme master of the complicated position, he was also an excellent annotator. In this volume he supplies much information and insight about more than 100 games played between 1939 and 1945, as well as delightfully candid views on fellow masters and rivals for the world title.
In Part One, devoted to open games, Alekhine analyzes games featuring such openings as the Ruy Lopez, Four Knights Game, Philidor's Defense, and the Scotch Gambit. Part Two is devoted to semi-open games, featuring the French Defense, Caro-Kann Defense, Sicilian Defense, Alekhine's Defense, and King's Pawn, Nimzowitsch Defense. In Part Three Alekhine discusses examples of closed games, including the Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense; Queen's Gambit Declined, Slav Defense; Queens' Gambit Accepted; Queen's Pawn, Nimzowitsch Defense; the Queen's Pawn Game, English Opening, Catalan System; and more.
This book lets you discover the stratagems and strategies involved in a host of fascinating struggles between the world's greatest chess players: Alekhine, Capablanca, Bogoljubov, Kashdan, Reshevsky, Tartakower, Keres, Najdor, and numerous others. With characteristic thoroughness, clarity, and humor, Alekhine guides you through the intricacies of each contest, illuminating complicated positions and offering a world champion's special insight and commentary.
Whatever your level of chess expertise, you'll enjoy and benefit from studying these games, presented and analyzed by one of the supreme strategists in chess history.
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World Champion Alekhine annotates thirty of his own games along with other Grandmaster games. He doesn¿t explain every move and when he does write it is a short 1-2 sentence evaluation, often just twice a game. Alekhine¿s variations are obviously pre-computer and they¿re not particularly extensive. I found his annotations to be helpful despite their terse style since Alekhine placed them at the move where I tended to ask questions, but I am rated 1900+ USCF, and have some experience with Alekhine¿s games. I doubt that I would have benefited from (or enjoyed) this book as much if I had read it when I was a new player or rated below, say, 1400 USCF.