Monday, 11 August 2008
THE FIRST GRANDMASTERS OF CHESS PART 3
Alexander Alekhine was one of the first grandmasters,he came 3rd at the St Petersburg tournament 1914 were the title was first bestowed.
Alekhine became the 4th world chess champion by beating Capablanca in a 1927 match.
He defended the title twice against E. Bogoljubow in 1929 and 1934, before losing to dutch master Max Euwe in 1935.
This was partly due to drink and bad health,but he regained the world title in a 1937 rematch. No more title matches were played by Alekhine and he died in 1946,one of his wishes was to die as World Champion was fullfilled.
Alekhine won many tournaments but 2 stand out as power house wins San Remo 1930 and Bled 1931.
He played many great games and wrote some fine tournament books, but his private life was a bit shady.
To many including former World Champion Gary Kasparov Alekhine was a chess hero who played great attacking chess.
I give an Alekhine game that has a great finish.