♡ 40 ( +1 | -1 ) Alekhine: man & Chess playerThe thread on Name Pronunciations brought up some interesting thougths about Alekhine, not the least of which being HOW to pronounce his name. Seems to have come down to himself pronouncing it Al yek in , tho the Russians seem to enjoy calling him Al Yok in . Thus this thread is born for discussion about the Chess player, the man, and perhaps (hopefully) some games (annotations!! ?), and Hyperlinks!? Regards, Craig }8-)
♡ 39 ( +1 | -1 ) PS//Some things I've heard: A Great Chess player! That he sometimes fudged in his annotations, or changed a move here or there?! Born Russian!? Died choking on a piece of meat, eaten at home sans utinsels !? (somewhere this has been disputed too. And believe I have even seen it claimed that it was pretty much forced down his throat?! )
♡ 15 ( +1 | -1 ) thanks bucklehead ....Hey, that is spooky; Alekhine has my handwriting !?!? yeow (But then there is a guy in town who has Paul Morphy's hand! Identical looking, not the part itself :)
♡ 165 ( +1 | -1 ) Александр Александрович АлéхинChess career Alekhine's first chess accomplishment was when, in 1909, at the age of seventeen, he won the All-Russian Amateur Tournament in St. Petersburg with a score of twelve wins, two losses and two draws. He was awarded a national master title for this performance. The tournament was held concurrently with the more famous professional international event won by Emanuel Lasker and Akiba Rubinstein. Meanwhile, in the United States, later that year a twenty-three-year-old Cuban by the name of José Raúl Capablanca shocked American chess players by thrashing Frank Marshall in a match. The lives of Alekhine and Capablanca would soon intertwine.
In 1914, after Alekhine finished 3rd behind Lasker and Capablanca in a tournament in Saint Petersburg, Tsar Nicholas II named him as one of the five original grandmasters. Alekhine also served in World War One, and was wounded. He became cosmopolitan in his life, living in many countries, and speaking Russian, French, German, and English.
Following the Russian Revolution, in 1919 he was suspected of espionage, arrested and imprisoned in Odessa, though he was eventually freed. He won the 1st USSR Championship in 1920. In 1921 Alekhine left Soviet Russia never to return, moving to France, where four years later he became a French citizen and entered the Sorbonne Faculty of law. Although his thesis on the Chinese prison system went uncompleted, he nevertheless claimed the title of "Dr Alekhine". From 1921 to 1927, Alekhine amassed an excellent tournament record, winning or sharing 12 out of 20 first prizes in the tournaments he played.
♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 ) Why was Ferriera's note written in English?...I would have thought that he would have written it in Portuguese. The death scene looks pretty peaceful. Was it arranged, or did Alekhine pass away quietly?
♡ 59 ( +1 | -1 ) That finish......features in Kotov and Keres's book 'The Art of the Middle Game": very classy. I don't know whether Alekhine beat Lasker on any other occasion... I do know this, though. Aside from his 6 wins in the 1927 World Championship match, Alekhine beat Capablanca just once, at the AVRO Tournament in 1938. I think it was the last occasion they faced each other across the board. Capablanca won the other decisive game they played after the 1927 match. Leaving aside draws, their scores were 9-7 in Capablanca's favour.