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By Alexander Alekhine

Alekhine's video games and writings encouraged me from an early age. ...I fell in love with the wealthy complexity of his principles on the chessboard. ...I wish readers of this ebook will suppose equally encouraged by means of Alekhine's masterpieces. - from the Foreword through Garry Kasparov.
Alexander Alekhine captivated the chess international along with his awesome combinative play. His genius has been a powerful impact on each nice participant considering that, none extra so than global Champion Garry Kasparov. This booklet includes a number of some of the best of Alekhine's annotations of his personal video games, coverted to algebraic by way of John Nunn. those video games span his profession from the early encounters with Lasker, Tarrasch and Rubinstein, via his global name battles, to his conferences with the hot new release of gamers who have been to dominate chess in Fifties.

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Later, Philidor gave blindfold exhibitions in Berlin and London, though he considered himself principally a musician. He first played three games simultaneously in a Berlin display around 1750, winning all three contests, and according to some sources repeated that feat more than once in Berlin. In London a display at Parsloe’s Chess Club, where Philidor conducted two blindfold games against strong players, Count Hans Brühl and Dr. Thomas Bowdler, drawing the first game and losing the second, was reported in the Morning Post of May 28, 1782, in glowing terms: The celebrated Mr Philidor, whose unrivalled excellence at the game of chess has long been distinguished, invited the members of the chess club, and the amateurs in general of that arduous amusement, to be present on Saturday last at a spectacle of the most curious kind, as it was to display a very wonderful faculty of the human mind, which faculty, however, is perhaps exclusively at present his own....

I am inclined to think that too much encouragement should not be given to blindfold chess, an art which, to a certain extent, may easily be acquired, and which only becomes really extraordinary when the play is really scientific. It may be all very well for an occasional exhibition or holiday display; but I doubt the policy or the utility of a constant attempt to walk 28 Part I. The History of Blindfold Chess backwards unless it can be shown that you can travel as securely, as easily, and as far by the ordinary method of locomotion [Illustrated London News, January 25, 1851].

Ladies and Gentlemen not belonging to the Club may be provided with tickets at the above-mentioned house, to see the match, at 5 shillings each. No doubt much of the publicity surrounding the blindfold displays was instigated by the Club itself, because from 1775 onwards its members paid Philidor a retainer to stay in London and play at the Club between February and June of each year. 3 Between Philidor and the Late 1800s Early Post-Philidor Blindfold Players AFTER PHILIDOR’S DEATH IN 1795 there was a lull of about 60 years in blindfold displays of any great significance, until the time of Kieseritzky, Paulsen, Morphy, Blackburne, and Zukertort.

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