107 Great Chess Battles, 1939-1945 (Dover Books on Chess)

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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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Alexander Alekhine, the 4th world chess champion, was born in Moscow in 1892. He rose quickly through the ranks of the chess world and by 1922 he ranked among the top three or four in the world.

He became world champion in 1927, defeating Jose Capablanca in a match in Buenos Aires.

As a chess writer, his books included the tournament books of New York 1924 and Nottingham 1936, both considered classics.

He briefly lost the title to the Dutchman Max Euwe in 1935, but won it back in 1937. He died in Portugal in 1946 while still holding the title.

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