Alekhine’s Anguish

A Novel of the Chess World


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About the Book

This is a fictionalized account of the life and career of world chess champion Alexander Alekhine. Born into Russian nobility, Alekhine lost his family and nearly his life to the Bolsheviks before becoming the world’s most powerful chess player. The coming of World War II placed the grandmaster in a difficult position, forcing him to collaborate with the Nazis and to produce anti–Semitic materials. Desperate to win back his credibility after the war, Alekhine was preparing for a redemptive title match at the time of his sudden death. Alekhine’s life was marked by alcoholism, fits of depression, scandalous affairs, marriages of convenience, painful compromises, and his battle to become “the Greatest.” The novel is told as fiction but is based on the actual people and events that were part of his triumphant career and troubled life.

About the Author(s)

The late Charles D. Yaffe was a former officer of the U.S. Public Health Service and an avid chess player. He lived in Los Altos, California.

Bibliographic Details

Charles D. Yaffe

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 1999
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0695-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8229-0
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Exciting fictionalized novel…excellent”—The Washington Post