A. Alekhine: Agony of a Chess Genius

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Author: Moran Santamaria, Pablo Silvio (1928-1995)

Year: 1989

Publisher: McFarland & Co

Place: Jefferson, NC and London


xiv+314 pages with frontispiece, diagrams, tables, appendices, and indices. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") bound in original green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Edited and translated by Frank X Mur. Consulting Editor Dale A. Brandreth. First edition.

This work tries to encompass his last period, from October 1943 to March 1946. The Second World War made this a tragic period in world history. And the games which the world champion played in Spain are little known; they were either never published or appeared in short-lived dailies and magazines. Of course they are not his best creations. They could not be, although the spark of genius gleams in all of them. They could not be, since his was ill, prematurely old and ruined. But they were his most tragic chess battles. Moran has gather 45 of the 63 match and tournament games from the above period in Spain in Portugal. The remaining eighteen games were impossible to obtain. A selection of his best simultaneous games and a glimpse of his previous visits to Spain, as well as a biographical sketch of Alekhine as the author and his friends, the Spanish chess-players, knew him.


a fine copy issued with out jacket.