By Max Euwe,Hans Ree

on the Crossroads of Chess background On March 24, 1946, the fourth international chess champion, Alexander Alekhine, passed on to the great beyond. He was once the 1st – and nonetheless the one – champion to die whereas protecting the identify. to choose a brand new champion, a strong quintuple round-robin was once held within the Hague and Moscow. The 5 most powerful avid gamers of the period, together with one former international champion, destiny international champions, and perennial contenders, took half in a grueling two-month, 25-round match. “The match-tournament of 1948 within the Hague and Moscow used to be essentially the most vital occasions within the historical past of chess. It produced a brand new global champion, Mikhail Botvinnik, and it was once additionally the beginning of a brand new period within which the championship will be regulated by way of FIDE via an difficult approach of qualification tournaments that might functionality with basically small adjustments for decades.” (From the Foreword via Hans Ree) Max Euwe, the 5th international champion, wrote a fabulous account of this ancient occasion. It features a evaluate of all past encounters among the contributors, heritage details, in addition to all of the video games of the event, deeply annotated via Euwe. This attention-grabbing account is ultimately to be had in English. you're invited to stick to Mikhail Botvinnik, Vassily Smyslov, Sam Reshevsky, Paul Keres and Max Euwe as they conflict for the name and the chess global begins its trip during the post-World warfare II period and the start of the Soviet hegemony.

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