Alexander Alekhine best games

Alexander Alekhine – Alexander the Great

The fourth World Champion, Alexander Alekhine is widely regarded, together with Mikhail Tal and Garry Kasparov, as the World Champion with the most combative, tactical and attacking style.

Although he was a sort of late bloomer, after his surprising victory over Jose Raul Capablanca, he dominated world chess for decades, won a number of tournaments and left a very rich chess heritage.

His games are full of rich tactical ideas, beautiful combinations and flights of imaginations. But his combinations didn’t arise from the thin air; his strategical understanding and his endgame skills were also superior then those of his contemporaries.

However, he is rightly famous for his cominative vision and his fighting chess over the board. With this choice of ten games, I have tried depicting it to an extent. And even though the policy of this blog is not to focus on the maisntream games, some of Alekhine’s gems very much deserve recognition.


1. Bogoljubow – Alekhine, Hastings, 1922

One of those grandiose Alekhine canvases that granted him permanent immortality.

2. Alekhine – NN, Moscow, 1915

Another flight of fantasy; a famous five queen game. It is debatable whether this game was actually played, or merely invented by Alekhine, but to tell you the truth, I don’t really care.

3. Alekhine – Flohr, Bled, 1931

A game from the “Golden Era”. The best example of Alekhine’s strategical mastery. A beautiful positional win against Salo Flohr, who was a great positional master himself.

4. Alekhine – Yates, London, 1922

Game I first picked up from Irving Chernev’s The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played (see this post for more details). Perhaps not the most spectacular game, but highly instructive one. The final combination is also worth taking another look.

5. Alekhine – Reti, Vienna, 1922

The so called Immortal Draw. See for yourself why.

6. Vidmar – Alekhine, San Remo, 1930

Another vintage Alekhine game and another demonstration of great chess he played in the early 30s.

7. Alekhine – Tartakower, London, 1932

What happens when you try incorrect gambits against Alekhine.

8. Alekhine – Hoelscher, Simul, 1933

Not an outstanding game by Alekhine’s standards, but the final combination is extremely pretty.

9. Pirc – Alekhine, Bled, 1931

What happens when Alekhine plays incorrect gambits against you.

10. Reti – Alekhine,Baden-Baden, 1925

One of the most celebrated and famous games of the 20th century. (Commentary by Kasparov taken from My Great Predecessors Part One).

Jose Raul Capablanca best games

Jose Raul Capablanca – The Cuban Genius

Jose Raul Capablanca, the third world champion, is widely regarded as the greatest natural talent that ever played our ancient game.

Already from his early days his gift for the game was apparent. He learnt the rules of chess by watching his father play. At the age of five he already beat all the player in the Havana Chess Club and at the age of thirteen he was already the Cuban Champion, after beating the previous champion Corzo in a one sided match.

During his peak, he didn’t lose a single game between 1916 and 1924 (and  astounding 8 years without defeat).

His style reflected his talent perfectly. He was known for tendencies toward clarity and simplicity; he would often make his victories seem effortless. Moreover, his mastery of the endgame was unmatched during those times; instead of calculating variations he would simply “see” through the position and immediately “feel” where his pieces belong.

In this post, I have assembled a list of ten Capablancas games that I regard as his most beautiful achievements. Hope you will enjoy it.

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1. Capablanca – Tartakower, New York, 1924.

2. Capablanca – Fonaroff, New York, 1918.

3. Capablanca – Corzo, Havana, 1901.

4. Capablanca – Marshall, New York, 1909.

5. Tartakower – Capablanca, New York, 1924.

6. Nimzowitsch – Capablanca, New York, 1927.

7. Sergeant – Capablanca, Margate, 1935,

8. Lasker – Capablanca, Moscow, 1936

9. Capablanca – Yates, Hastings, 1919.

10. Alekhine – Capablanca, New York, 1927.

Best games of Emanuel Lasker

Emanuel Lasker – The Fearless Fighter

Emanuel Lasker, the second World Champion, has accomplished numerous feats that will probably never be surpassed.

First of all, he held the title of the World Champion longer than anyone else in the history. When he lost his crown to Jose Raul Capablanca in 1921, it was the 27th year of his tenure as a World Champion.

And even after his loss, he continued playing successfully, winning numerous tournaments and remaining a member of the world elite for almost a decade afterward.

Secondly, apart from being a great chess player, Lasker was a prominent mathematician. Apart from being a doctor of philosophy, he was also a top notch scientist; some of his theorems are topical even today, such as Lasker – Noether theorem.

It is hard to pinpoint a single factor that contributed to his universality and chess longevity. However, if one would have to pick one trait that distinguished him from other players of his generation, that would definitely be psychology.

Lasker was one of the first players that realized that a chess game is much more than a battle on the chess board. The number of games he managed to win from the inferior positions is unprecedented. By maintaining his composure and his will to fight, he would often induce errors from his opponents and then exploit them mercilessly.

However, Lasker wasn’t only relying on tricks and psychology throughout his career. He was the first prototype of the modern grandmaster. He could play it all, quiet strategical positions, sharp tactical middlegames, equal endgames. Whatever the position was, the main motto was to fight, to continue the struggle, to set problems for the opponents.

In this overview of the highlights of Lasker’s career, I have tried including it all. Hope you will enjoy it 🙂

1. Lasker – Bauer, Amsterdam, 1889.

2. Lasker – Capablanca, 1914.

3. Pillsbury – Lasker, St. Petersburg, 1896.

4. Lasker – Napier, Cambridge Springs, 1904.

5. Lasker – Steinitz, World Championship, 1894.

6. Lasker – Schlechter, World Championship, 1910.

7. Lasker – Pillsbury, New York, 1893.

8. Lasker – Steinitz, World Championship, 1894.

9. Lasker – Pillsbury, Paris, 1900

10. Lasker – Steinitz, Hastings, 1895

Best games of Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz – the first World Champion

The year 1886 is a year of colossal importance in the history of chess.

On January 11th, the first official match for the title of the World Champion between Wilhelm Steinitz and Johannes Zukertort took place.

Although many notable matches took place in the preceding years, this match was the first in which the official “World Champion” term was used.

By winning the match with the 10 – 5 score, the 50-year-old Steinitz became the first World Champion in the chess history.

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